Biweekly Briefing Articles

5 Things To Know: Care Court, Asylum Seekers, Fellowship Scholarship Opportunity, HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool, AHA Award

CARE COURT: The County of San Diego has updated its website with new FAQs on the program, which launched on Oct. 1. A fact sheet on the program is also available. In addition, the county’s Behavioral Health Services department has started providing training for providers in standing meetings throughout the region. If your hospital is interested in the training, email Charity at          

ASYLUM SEEKERS: Over the past few weeks, more than 8,000 migrants have been released to transit stations by Border Patrol and Customs Border Protection. The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium — a coalition of nonprofit organizations, faith organizations, community groups, and other organizations that are struggling to provide assistance — sent a letter to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors requesting resources and support. In response, the supervisors introduced a bipartisan board item “Declaring the Lack of Resources for Asylum Seekers from the Federal Government a Humanitarian Crisis.” The bipartisan declaration was passed unanimously on Sept. 26

FELLOWSHIP SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: The Department of Health Care Access and Information’s (HCAI) Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship Scholarship supports students accepted into UC Irvine/UC Davis’ year-long clinical education program for primary care providers who wish to receive advanced training in primary care psychiatry. The application period closes on Oct. 27. For more details, visit the HCAI website.   

HIPAA SECURITY RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL: The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Office for Civil Rights have updated the Security Risk Assessment Tool to help health care providers identify and assess potential risks to electronic protected health information, as required by the HIPAA Security Rule. Users are guided through the security risk assessment process using multiple-choice questions, threat and vulnerability assessments, and asset and vendor management. The new version includes a remediation report, glossary and tool tips, references to the Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices 2023 Edition, bug fixes, and usability enhancements.   

AHA AWARD: Hospitals that have collaborated with local stakeholders to create a positive impact within the community are invited to apply for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) 2024 Dick Davidson NOVA Award. The deadline to apply is Nov. 13. The award celebrates collaboration among hospitals, health systems, and local partner organizations to improve community health through health care, economic, or social initiatives. Winners will be recognized at the 2024 AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. Email with any questions.