This Week in CHCACTion
October 10, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) launched the Service to Improve Community Health (STICH) AmeriCorps program on October 2nd, embarking on a year of national service, with 23 members across the state! By partnering with the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Connecticut Commission for Community Service, the STICH program seeks to impact patient health outcomes through health insurance literacy training, health education interventions, and volunteer mobilization.
STICH AmeriCorps members began service by completing five days of pre-service orientation at our CHCACT offices. Training sessions included presentations on diversity, inclusion, health disparities, behavior styles in the workplace, and teamwork. The members were also introduced to AmeriCorps regulations, branding and marketing strategies, STICH performance measures, services provided by FQHCs and how to utilize AmeriCorps benefits. In addition to their service at health centers, members will continue personal and professional development during monthly trainings throughout the 2017-2018 service year. Thanks to CHCACTers Katie Henley, Maya Severson and Heather Adams, who helped me prepare and implement the week’s activities.
CHCACT's STICH program is already exemplifying its ability to be a positive influence within Connecticut. On Thursday, October 5th, members dedicated their day to serving at Waterbury’s Salvation Army branch, which provides homeless services, hunger relief, and basic needs assistance to the Greater Naugatuck Valley (see photos below). STICH members cleaned, sorted, and organized the shelter’s food pantry and storage spaces. Our members took the AmeriCorps pledge to heart and are off to #GetThingsDone for America.
Members began direct service at eleven FQHCs this week! STICH AmeriCorps members will provide care coordination, outreach and enrollment, and help to deliver individualized attention to improve patients’ understanding of health care, ultimately improving their ability to manage chronic conditions and maintain a healthy lifestyle. These responsibilities will address pressing community needs – thank you to our STICH AmeriCorps members!
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Civic Engagement Funding Opportunity – Get Out the Vote
Get Out the Vote: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) is now accepting applications for a new civic engagement grants program. This new, nonpartisan initiative from FCCF is designed to fund efforts to increase voter registration and information access for all County residents, particularly those who are historically disenfranchised. FCCF’s Get Out the Vote (GOTV) program offers support to nonprofits to boost local efforts to engage underrepresented voters in Fairfield County. Organizations eligible to apply with FCCF must support voter registration in general, not just with select political parties or candidates.
|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!
10.10.17 Register Citizen — Blumenthal Visits Torrington to Discuss Ramifications of Funding Cut for Community Health Centers (feat. CHWC-Greater Torrington)
10.5.17 Norwich Bulletin — United Way Highlights Region’s Agencies (feat. UCFS)
10.4.17 CT Health I-Team — Less Access to Health Services, Programs in Rural Areas Takes a Toll (feat. CHWC-Greater Torrington, Generations)
10.4.17 Fairfield County Business Journal — Senator Blumenthal Urges Renewal of Expired Federal Health Programs
10.6.17 Fairfield County Business Journal — Chambers of Commerce Lead Charge for Change in Health Care Costs
10.5.17 CT Mirror — More CT Hospitals End 2016 in the Black, But Fiscal Picture Mixed
10.4.17 CT NewsJunkie — Hartford Healthcare Reaches Deal with Aetna, But Anthem Still Under Negotiation
10.4.17 Hartford Business Journal — CT Health Foundation Awards $650K in Grants
10.4.17 New Haven Independent — Glimmer of Hope Seen on Opioids
10.4.17 Kaiser Health News — Five Takeaways from Congress’ Failure to Extend CHIP Coverage
10.9.17 NY Times — New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children
10.6.17 NY Times — Researchers Predict a Quarter Million New Cases of Breast Cancer in US
10.4.17 Kaiser Health News — Hepatitis C Drug’s Lower Cost Paves Way for Medicaid, Prisons to Expand Treatment