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
|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.
|Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (Short Title: MAT-PDOA) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand/enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for persons with an opioid use disorder (OUD) seeking or receiving MAT. This program’s focus is on funding organizations and tribes/tribal organizations within states identified as having the highest rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita and includes those states with the most dramatic increases for heroin and opioids, based on SAMHSA’s 2015 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). The desired outcomes include: 1) an increase in the number of individuals with OUD receiving MAT 3) a decrease in illicit opioid drug use and prescription opioid misuse at six-month follow-up.
|Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving announces its Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote Campaign, a nonpartisan initiative to increase the voter engagement of historically disenfranchised community members, drawing upon the strength of nonprofits and individuals committed to improving the quality of life for all. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to Hartford-area nonprofits for voter registration, Get Out the Vote activities and other engagement projects.
|Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health Services Supplemental Funding Technical Assistance
The fiscal year (FY) 2018 Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) supplemental funding opportunity provides support to HRSA-funded health centers to implement and advance evidence-based strategies to expand access to integrated substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health services.
Approximately $350 million is available in FY 2018, with awards anticipated in September 2018. On June 15, 2018, HRSA emailed eligible health centers the maximum amount of funding they may request. The SUD-MH Instructions offers additional funding details and guidance, including a list of evidence-based strategies.
|Aurora Women’s Giving Circle
The Aurora Women’s Giving Circle announces a grant opportunity for organizations based in Greater Hartford. The Giving Circle’s 2018 focus area is middle school-aged girls and grant funds will serve to augment a program based in Greater Hartford that addresses the academic, social and/or emotional needs of this population. $6,500 in grant funds will be awarded through a competitive grant process.
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!
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