This Week in CHCACTion
June 12, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Atlantic Region’s National Service Training in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference was held by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the entity that administers National Service programs such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.
I serve as a commissioner for Connecticut’s Commission on Community Service, so I attended the conference on behalf of the state. The Commission allows me to stay involved in service after completing an AmeriCorps VISTA term from 2013-2014 in Hartford.
One of my favorite sessions at the National Service Training was called “School House Rocks: The Nuts and Bolts of National Service Policy.” Tom Branen, the Chief Policy Officer from America’s Service Commissions, broke down how CNCS is funded, the current political environment around service, and how we can help advocate for it.I also attended a panel on how National Service can address the current opioid epidemic. There were so many great things happening in other states and ideas about how service can be involved. It gave me some ideas to bring back to our work in Connecticut at the FQHCs.
Conferences are great opportunities to spark new ideas, make connections, and learn from others. This one was excellent and I can’t wait to attend again next year!
And, don’t forget – CHCACT is recruiting now for its new AmeriCorps program: Service to Impact Community Health (STICH). Learn more here!
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Cooperative Agreements to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for Cooperative Agreements to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems. The purpose of this program is to implement suicide prevention and intervention programs that are designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for individuals aged 25 and older who are at risk for suicide. Grantees will implement all components of the Zero Suicide model throughout their health system. Applications are due by July 18.
A pre-application webinar for the Zero Suicide program will take place on June 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET. To participate, connect online, and call 1-800-857-2949 and enter participant passcode 8457687.
This Week in Health Policy News
Here is a sampling of health policy news from around the state. If you see something in your local newspaper that you would like featured here in future weeks, please contact Deb Polun at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
6.9.17 Digital Journal — Progressive FQHC Launches Successful Medicare CCM Program (feat. CHWC-Gtr Torrington)
6.9.17 New Haven Register — Powerful Opioid Carfentanil Reaches CT, Claims First Fatal Overdose (feat. Fair Haven)
6.6.17 WTIC 1080 — CHCACT’s Deb Polun with Ray Dunaway
6.9.17 CT NewsJunkie — Malloy Signs Bill to Further Limit Minors’ Opioid Prescriptions
6.8.17 Kaiser Health News — If Insurance Market Crashes, Can Lawmakers Put the Pieces Back Together?
6.7.17 CT Mirror — CT, Other States Taking Steps to Try to Save Obamacare
6.12.17 NY Times — Social Interaction is Critical for Mental and Physical Health
6.9.17 Kaiser Health News — Quantity Over Quality? Minorities Shown to Get an Excess of Ineffective Care