This Week in CHCACTion
March 12, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) launched into AmeriCorps Week 2018 activities today, joining approximately 75,000 current members nationwide in a celebration of public service. In Connecticut alone, more than 650 AmeriCorps members of various ages are serving at upwards of 210 host sites across the state by mentoring youth children, supporting veterans, combatting the opioid epidemic, restoring the environment, connecting patients to vital medical services, and responding to natural disasters. Since 1994, more than 14,000 AmeriCorps members have served in Connecticut and received over $45,270,000 worth of Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards. Over the course of its existence, more than one million Americans have chosen to commit their time and energy to get things done in communities across the United States through this program.
STICH AmeriCorps members provide care coordination, enrollment services, health insurance literacy trainings and other services to help people in Connecticut get and stay healthy. They are an integral component of the ongoing work at health centers. Additionally, the program acts as a recruiting tool, exposing people to the great work that federally qualified health centers do each day. STICH is honored to take part in this storied tradition of service, volunteerism, and commitment to the common good.
Please join us on Friday, March 16 for a joint celebration of AmeriCorps with RYASAP’s Prevention Corps Program:
- CHCACT and Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP)’s AmeriCorps programs, respectively Service to Improve Community Health and Prevention Corps, are partnering with one another to host a celebration of “Healthy Futures” initiatives in Connecticut. The event will be held in the Grand Room at the University of Bridgeport from 9:00am-3:00pm. Students and the public will learn about the impact the AmeriCorps programs have, meet AmeriCorps members who are currently serving, and join in a nationwide “Thank You” to currently serving members and alumni.
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|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.
|Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (Short Title: MAT-PDOA) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand/enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for persons with an opioid use disorder (OUD) seeking or receiving MAT. This program’s focus is on funding organizations and tribes/tribal organizations within states identified as having the highest rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita and includes those states with the most dramatic increases for heroin and opioids, based on SAMHSA’s 2015 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). The desired outcomes include: 1) an increase in the number of individuals with OUD receiving MAT 3) a decrease in illicit opioid drug use and prescription opioid misuse at six-month follow-up.
|Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving announces its Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote Campaign, a nonpartisan initiative to increase the voter engagement of historically disenfranchised community members, drawing upon the strength of nonprofits and individuals committed to improving the quality of life for all. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to Hartford-area nonprofits for voter registration, Get Out the Vote activities and other engagement projects.
|Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health Services Supplemental Funding Technical Assistance
The fiscal year (FY) 2018 Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) supplemental funding opportunity provides support to HRSA-funded health centers to implement and advance evidence-based strategies to expand access to integrated substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health services.
Approximately $350 million is available in FY 2018, with awards anticipated in September 2018. On June 15, 2018, HRSA emailed eligible health centers the maximum amount of funding they may request. The SUD-MH Instructions offers additional funding details and guidance, including a list of evidence-based strategies.
|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!
3.6.18 Hartford Courant — Services to Treat Opioid Addiction Now Offered (feat. InterCommunity)
3.6.18 Journal Inquirer — Bypassing Parents on STD Prevention? (feat. Fair Haven Community Health Care)
3.12.18 The Day — CT Taxis See Veyo as Bigger Threat than Uber
3.7.18 Hartford Business Journal — Report: CT Ranks 6th for Women, Infants and Children’s Health
3.6.18 CT NewsJunkie — Yale New Haven Health and Anthem Reach Deal
3.6.18 CT Mirror — Dwindling Oversight Heightens Concern over Medical, Mental Health Care for Inmates
3.6.18 Fairfield County Business Journal — Connecticut Chamber Healthcare Coalition Formed to Address Rising Insurance Costs
3.8.18 Fairfield County Business Journal — US Sens Blumenthal & Murphy Offer Bill Redefining Short-Duration Health Insurance Coverage
3.8.18 WNPR — Health Insurer Cigna to Pay $67 Billion for Express Scripts
3.7.18 Vox — A CT Proposal Could Charge Up to $10,000 for Not Having Health Insurance
3.12.18 Governing — Trump’s Leaked Immigration Rule Already Having Impacts
3.12.18 NY Times — Do Antidepressants Work?
3.7.18 NY Times — For Arthritis Pain, Nonopioid Drugs Work as Well as Opioids