Clinicians serving at IPHCA member CHCs are engaged with the Association through a variety of activities. These include Clinical Support Committee, a standing committee appointed by the IPHCA Board, Clinician Professional Staff Section (CPSS) that meets once a year at the IPHCA Annual Leadership Conference, Medical Directors' Roundtable - a forum to promote peer to peer communications among medical/clinical directors meeting four to five times per year via teleconference, Behavioral Health Discussion Group that meets quarterly to promote information sharing, learning, and networking among behavioral health clinicians, Dental Directors group that meets periodically, and PCMH Interest Group that meets bi-monthly via conference call to discuss topics related to practice transformation and medical home recognition.
In addition, IPHCA staff arranges periodic trainings/technical assistance related to Quality Improvement that include assistance for developing Quality Improvement plans, Peer Review protocols, PCMH recognition and practice transformation processes, UDS data collection & reporting, Illinois Health Connect data benchmarking, Joint Commission Accreditation, and other clinical quality improvement related activities and Routine HIV Testing at Health Centers.
Clinicians at health centers are also involved in health professions and residency training in various ways and IPHCA staff offer assistance to connect health professions students to health centers for rotation opportunities. In addition, IPHCA staff serves on faculty/admissions/advisory committees of area schools and training programs. At IPHCA Annual Conference, clinicians are able to attend variety of clinical sessions and are offered Continuing Education credits. IPHCA also provides complimentary recruitment services resulting in the placement of qualified clinicians in health centers. Clinicians' Corner, a section of IPHCA's monthly newsletter IPHCA Health SourceTM, is dedicated to clinical matters. IPHCA staff and clinicians serving at member centers contribute timely articles for this section.