This Week in CHCACTion
January 8, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last week, Service to Improve Community Health (STICH) AmeriCorps announced that it would be conducting donation drives for families migrating from Puerto Rico in the months since Hurricane Maria and other storms devastated the island. Since the storms, over 1,800 students from Puerto Rico have enrolled in Connecticut public schools.
As a STICH member, I have been coordinating the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) donation drive, which has been running from December 22, 2017 and will be coming to a close this Friday. In fact, most STICH members have been conducting donation drives at their health centers across the state. So far, we have received backpacks, winter hats/gloves, games and puzzles and more!
STICH AmeriCorps members will pool all of the donations to create care packages, including school supplies, winter clothing, snacks and other items for effected family members, and distributing the care packages to Puerto Rican families through the Puerto Rico Relief Center, a charity group based in Bridgeport.
We are also hosting a Community Day next Monday, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 975 East Main Street, Bridgeport, from 9-3:00. Join us for face painting, snacks, giveaways and other entertainment!
To learn how you can donate to the drive or to volunteer for Community Day, please contact me!
Have a great week.
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|BD Helping Build Healthy Communities
BD Helping Build Healthy Communities is a multi-year initiative that expands access and improves care for underserved and vulnerable populations throughout the United States. The initiative, funded by BD and implemented together with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), provides awards to community health centers with innovation programs in Medication Therapy Management. The funding is to support programs that operate over a two-year period.
BD Helping Build Healthy Communities aims to identify, award, and share successful community health innovations with other safety net providers, officials, and the public to generate awareness of health centers’ unique ability to address community needs.
Up to five (5) Awards of $200,000 each will be made in 2018 for Medication Therapy Management Programs.
|AARP Community Challenge Grant
The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications through May 16, 2018 to fund “quick-action” projects in communities across the country. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. The program is now in its second year and is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities, helping neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for all ages.
|School-Based Health Center Capital Program
This Week in Health Policy News
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1.3.18 Hartford Courant — National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Observed (feat. Generations)
1.2.18 Hartford Business Journal — Q&A with Fair Haven Community Health Care’s Suzanne Lagarde
1.2.18 CT Health Foundation Blog — Remembering Katrina Clark
1.5.18 CT NewsJunkie — CT Lawmakers Expected to Debate Legalizing Marijuana Despite Federal Rules Change
1.4.18 CT Mirror — CDC Finds CT Hispanic Infant Mortality Rate Among Nation’s Worst
1.3.18 CT Health I-Team — 15 Hospitals Penalized for High Infection Rates, Injuries
1.2.18 CT NewsJunkie — Health Insurance Numbers Not Expected Until Next Week
1.2.18 NY Times — Why the US Spends So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care
1.2.18 Governing — STD Rates Reach Record High in America