This Week in CHCACTion
December 4, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last week, we were very excited to announce that Connecticut was chosen as one of four states to receive a grant from Futures Without Violence (FUTURES) to promote policy and systems changes that support integrated and improved responses to intimate partner violence (IPV) and human trafficking. The Community Health Center Association of CT (CHCACT), the Connecticut Collation Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) are collaborating in this effort.
The $75,000 grant will allow CCADV, CHCACT and DPH to work with six community health centers and four domestic violence organizations in Connecticut to integrate screening and brief interventions into their health care delivery. The partnering organizations include:
- Optimus Health Care and Southwest Community Health Center with The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport;
- United Community & Family Services with Safe Futures in New London;
- Charter Oak Health Center and InterCommunity with Interval House in Hartford; and,
- StayWell Health Center with Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury.
We know that people who have experienced IPV are more likely to report an increase in medical symptoms such as frequent headaches, sleeping difficulties, chronic pain and poor physical and mental health. In addition, women who are being abused are three times more likely to have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), as well as having significant impacts to sexual and reproductive health. Working together, we will achieve better outcomes for the victims of intimate partner violence.
CHCACT, CCADV and DPH will begin training health center staff members next month, to support screening and identification of IPV and referral resources with the local domestic violence programs. We will implement the FUTURES “tool kit” available to the health centers to support the integration of a response to IPV as a standard practice. Following the grant-funded period, CCADV and CHCACT will share project results, facilitate training and disseminate resources with their full membership for continued integration – so that all health centers in Connecticut will have the tools and expertise to provide proper screening and referrals. This grant will have a major impact in improving identification and health outcomes for survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking!
Have a great week!
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|OPM Nonprofit Grant Program
The State of CT Office of Policy and Management (OPM) is accepting applications for the Nonprofit Grant Program (NGP). The NGP will award grants-in-aid to selected private, nonprofit health and human service organizations that receive funds from the State (including Medicaid) to provide direct health and human services to State agency clients. Applications involving a collaboration between two or more eligible nonprofit organizations may also be eligible for award for NGP. The purpose of the NGP fund is to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, safety and/or accessibility of health and human services being delivered by nonprofit organizations.
|Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) for High Impact HIV Prevention Program Integration
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the competitive availability of fiscal year 2019 funds to implement a capacity building assistance (CBA) program to strengthen the capacity and improve the performance of the nation’s HIV prevention workforce. This notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) supports a CBA Provider Network (CPN) to implement the following four program components: 1) national training; 2) regional technical assistance; 3) continuous quality improvement and sustainability for community-based organizations (CBOs); and 4) marketing and administrative support for the CPN.
|Access & Mobility Partnership Grants
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces with the Access & Mobility Partnership Grants, which are two opportunities to apply for funding under two competitive grant programs.
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!
11.29.17 Charter Community Access TV — Windham Works Public Access TV Show (feat. CHCACT)
11.30.17 CT Viewpoints — Hope Not Enough to Save Communities of Color From the HCV Epidemic
11.30.17 CT Health I-Team — Heavy Drinking Among Women at All-Time High, Despite Health Consequences
11.30.17 Hartford Courant — Lawmakers Consider Special Session to Reverse Medicaid Cuts
11.30.17 WNPR — Hartford Ordinance Would Restrict Advertising By Anti-Abortion Centers
11.29.17 CT Health I-Team — Hospital Errors Decline Five Percent, But Sexual Assaults More Than Double
11.28.17 CT Mirror — Anthem-Hartford Healthcare Dispute Spurs Loud Call for Legislation
12.1.17 CT Mirror — Access Health Projecting 2018 Enrollment Will Match Last Year’s
12.1.17 CT NewsJunkie — Health Insurance Enrollment on Pace to Match Last Year’s Numbers
12.1.17 Kaiser Health News — Congress Isn’t Really Done with Health Care – Look at What’s in the Tax Bills
11.29.17 NY Times — Trauma May Have Fallout Over Generations
11.28.17 NY Times — New Recognition for Chronic Fatigue