This Week in CHCACTion
February 12, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
On January 22nd-23rd, Futures Without Violence convened the leaders from four states (Connecticut, Arkansas, Idaho and Iowa) that were recently funded to kick off “Project Catalyst: Statewide Transformation on Health and IPV.” I was proud to be a part of our Connecticut team, along with Lindsey Kelly from the Department of Public Health and Jillian Gilchrest from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. These two days were focused on fostering leadership and collaboration, to improve the health and safety outcomes for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and human trafficking, including promoting prevention. The teams participated in training around intimate partner violence and human trafficking, as well as strategic ways to implement integration of IPV and human trafficking response into health care delivery throughout Connecticut – including in 50% of our state’s health centers.
For the new program, six health centers – Staywell Health Center, Optimus Health Care, Southwest Community Health Center, InterCommunity, United Community & Family Services and Charter Oak Health Center – have partnered with six local domestic violence programs. Over the next several months, a 2-day “train the trainer” program will convene, utilizing comprehensive training curricula, health care provider resources, patient education material and quality improvement tools developed by FUTURES, including online toolkit www.ipvhealthpartners.org, developed by and for community health centers and local domestic violence organizations to expand their partnerships.
Each of the six demonstration health centers has identified staff “champions” who will attend the trainings, act as resources/trainers at the health center level and partner with the local domestic violence centers on trauma-informed transformation. This is an ambitious program to be undertaken over the next 10 months! The state leadership team and partners at the health centers and domestic violence organizations are committed to providing systems changes that support an integrated and improved responses to IPV and human trafficking in Connecticut. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|New Markets Tax Credits Readiness Support
Community Health Center Capital Fund will award up to seven qualified health centers with grants of $20,000-$50,000 each to support technical assistance provided by Capital Link. To date, Capital Link has assisted health centers in raising more than $614 million through NMTC—more than half of all funds raised through the NMTC program for FQHCs.
We are accepting applications from health centers planning capital projects of $5 million or more for which they intend to seek NMTC financing in 2019 and 2020.
Please contact NMTCreadiness@chc-capitalfund.org with any questions.
|School-Based Health Center Capital Program
|Voter Engagement Grants
Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut has released a Request for Proposals for grants in support of nonpartisan voter registration and engagement activity. The focus of this initiative is to engage people in communities that are under-represented in the health care conversation in order to impact the public debate on health care in the upcoming election cycle.
All voter registration, education and engagement activities and related materials are nonpartisan and are in no way intended to reflect an endorsement of, or opposition to, any candidate, political party or political action committee.
|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.
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!
2.8.18 The Hour — Community Health Centers Brace for Cuts to Federal Funding
2.6.18 CT Post — Hope for a Deal Remains as DC Shutdown Deadline Nears
2.12.18 Hartford Business Journal — CT Hospitals’ Demand for Immigrant Medical Talent on the Rise
2.11.18 WNPR — Flu Sends Highest Number of CT Patients to ER Since 2009
2.9.18 CT Mirror — Call-Wait Times for Medical Transport Better, But Complaints Persist
2.7.18 WNPR — Health Care by the Numbers – Gathering Data on Racial Disparities
2.7.18 Kaiser Health News — Despite Changes that Undermined ACA Enrollment, Marketplaces Remarkably Stable
2.9.18 CT Mirror — Budget Deal Has Plenty for Connecticut
2.9.18 NY Times — Herpes is Slowly Retreating, But the Infection Remains Common