This Week in CHCACTion
March 5, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
CHCACT convenes the Corporate Compliance Workgroup, which meets several times per year, for training, technical assistance and sharing of best practices, often around federal program requirements for health centers.
Recently the workgroup has focused on the newly released Health Center Program Compliance Manual. The Compliance Manual, published in October 2017, provides health centers with guidance on how to understand and demonstrate compliance with the 18 Program Requirements. These requirements are categorized into three buckets – clinical, fiscal, and governance.
Health center leaders must understand these requirements, as they are reviewed at Operational Site Visits (OSVs), which each health center undergoes every 18 months or so. The federal Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) sends the health center’s Project Officer and three reviewers, each focusing on one of the three buckets.
The Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol, which went into effect in January 2018, was created to work in conjunction with the new Compliance Manual. The reviewers review documentation, interview staff, and tour facilities to determine whether or not the health center is in compliance.
The next meeting of the Corporate Compliance Workgroup is April 13, 2018 from 9-12:00. Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Stephanie Gomes-Ganhão and Damian Privitera, joined by Joan Feldman and William Roberts, will provide an overview of the rules and tips for how to develop a practical and compliant privacy program.
Learn more here!
Have a great week,
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Breastfeeding Support Model for Community Health Centers
National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for community health centers. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to pilot a breastfeeding support model for CHCs and a technical assistance project to help CHCs explore and adopt policy, system and environmental solutions to increase their capacity to provide consistent and coordinated breastfeeding promotion and support services to the families they serve.
|School-Based Health Center RFP
The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is seeking proposals to provide coordinated, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, School Based Health Center (SBHC) services that may include: outreach, primary care, mental/behavioral health, dental health care and health promotion/education at one school in East Hartford, and one school anywhere in Connecticut. Services are expected to begin on or before March 1, 2019.
|Community Foundation of Eastern CT
The Community Foundation of Eastern CT has a variety of grants for health and social service projects that impact youth and adults in Eastern CT.
|American Savings Foundation Community Grants
The American Savings Foundation will fund direct service grants for education, human services, and arts and culture in its 64-town service area.
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!
3.3.18 Norwich Bulletin — UCFS’ Give Kids a Smile Program Focuses on Dental Education
3.2.18 FOX 61 — Ken Lalime, Eugene Market on FOX 61
2.27.18 NBC Connecticut — School-Based Health Centers Could Face Cuts (feat. StayWell)
3.4.18 CT Mirror — As Overdose Deaths Continue to Climb, a New State Initiative
3.2.18 New Haven Independent — Female Lawmakers Push to Protect Women’s Health Coverage
2.28.18 Hartford Business Journal — Hartford HealthCare, Tufts Forming Insurance Company
2.27.18 CT NewsJunkie — Republican Lawmakers Try Again to Open Marketplace to Uninsured Pregnant Women