This Week in CHCACTion
September 11, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
Service to Improve Community Health (STICH) is CHCACT’s new AmeriCorps program and will launch on October 1 throughout eleven federally qualified health centers and CHCACT. Members will be conducting health insurance literacy trainings, health education initiatives, and patient care coordination efforts for a total of 1,700 hours over ten months. Through dedicated service, STICH seeks to expand access to primary care and preventative health care for underserved communities. STICH members will also complete community service projects and become part of the larger AmeriCorps member and alumni networks here in Connecticut and across the country.
I’m excited to report that nine members have been matched so far and are ready to begin next month! CHCACT is still seeking 14 additional members in the following locations: Danbury, Norwich, East Hartford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Waterbury, and Cheshire. The STICH AmeriCorps program will provide a unique experience for new college graduates, those taking a year before graduate/professional school, people in the middle of their careers– really anyone! If you know someone who might be a good fit for STICH or have community connections in these areas, please direct them to Andrew Oravecz or http://www.chcact.org/job/2017-2018-chcact-service-to-impact-community-health-stich-program/.
Have a great week!
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the SBIRT program totaling up to $39.8 million over the next five years. The purpose of this program is to implement screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment services for adolescents and adults in primary care and community health settings for substance misuse and substance use disorders. SAMHSA expects to fund as many as eight grantees with up to $995,000 per year for up to five years. Applications are due by February 21 at 11:59 p.m. Learn more.
|Person-Centered Medical Home Plus Wave 2
The State of Connecticut Department of Social Services (Department or DSS) is requesting proposals from qualified Federally Qualified Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alikes (collectively, FQHCs) and Advanced Network Lead Entities (on behalf of Advanced Networks) to become Participating Entities (PEs) in the Department’s Person-Centered Medical Home Plus Program, Wave 2 (PCMH+W2).
|Centering Healthcare Institute: Centering Implementation Plan
The Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) has launched an aggressive plan to expand access to the Centering model of group healthcare in the communities where group care can have the greatest impact. With this expansion, CHI has developed a program offering technical assistance and implementation services to 130 eligible sites – primarily in FQHCs and community health centers – eliminating the financial barrier to those in resource-limited communities.
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!
9.5.17 CT NewsJunkie — Dozens of Communities Consider Joining Opioid Lawsuit
9.6.17 CT Mirror — Senate Tries for Bipartisan Compromise on Obamacare Fixes
9.8.17 Kaiser Health News — Meningitis B Vaccine’s High Price Tag Poses a Health Care Conundrum
9.8.17 NPR — Dental Schools Add an Urgent Lesson: Think Twice about Prescribing Opioids
9.6.17 NY Times — Overtreatment is Common, Doctors Say