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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
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