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
|New Markets Tax Credits Readiness Support
Community Health Center Capital Fund will award up to seven qualified health centers with grants of $20,000-$50,000 each to support technical assistance provided by Capital Link. To date, Capital Link has assisted health centers in raising more than $614 million through NMTC—more than half of all funds raised through the NMTC program for FQHCs.
We are accepting applications from health centers planning capital projects of $5 million or more for which they intend to seek NMTC financing in 2019 and 2020.
Please contact NMTCreadiness@chc-capitalfund.org with any questions.
|School-Based Health Center Capital Program
|Voter Engagement Grants
Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut has released a Request for Proposals for grants in support of nonpartisan voter registration and engagement activity. The focus of this initiative is to engage people in communities that are under-represented in the health care conversation in order to impact the public debate on health care in the upcoming election cycle.
All voter registration, education and engagement activities and related materials are nonpartisan and are in no way intended to reflect an endorsement of, or opposition to, any candidate, political party or political action committee.
|New/Innovative Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) presents this to develop and test new and innovative strategies to prevent teen pregnancy, promote healthy adolescence and address youth sexual risk holistically to result in healthy decision making and future thriving by enhancing protective factors with youth, with supplementary focus possible at the systems-level and/or with families and/or caregivers. Projects are expected to have high potential to enhance protective factors shown to improve the health of adolescents aged 10-19. Projects will be funded to evaluate and test programs or strategies to improve adolescent health and address youth sexual risk holistically by focusing on protective factors.
|Replicating/Scaling Up Strategies to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) presents this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to replicate and scale up programs that include the protective factors shown to be effective in the prevention of risk behaviors, including teen pregnancy. The overall goal is to promote healthy adolescence and to address youth sexual risk holistically or across the interrelated factors that promote optimal health and result in healthy decision-making and teen pregnancy prevention.
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 email@example.com. 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