This Week in CHCACTion
April 16, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
The Community Health Center Association of CT (CHCACT) continues to support health centers in their efforts to increase oral health access and utilization statewide, towards better health outcomes. We value any opportunity to participate in learning collaboratives that strengthen health centers and their dental practices to improve the delivery of oral health care for all. Through our programs at CHCACT, we often focus on ways to ensure that those who have not sought oral health treatment maintain access to and seek oral health services.
Oral Health Training for Community Health Workers (CHWs) has been announced and CHCACT is excited to support this free learning opportunity for all CHWs through the Southwestern CT AHEC with support through funding from CT DPH and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This program utilizes “Smiles for Life” curriculum to stress the importance of oral health and its connection to overall health and well-being. This training will help CHWs be able to improve access to care for the targeted population of infants and young children (Age 0-5), pregnant women, and older adults 65 and over. Understanding the relationship between oral health and overall health will be an important component of this training. Identifying ways to integrate oral health into their roles and determining best ways of teaching parents how to prevent cavities in young children, along with how to prevent oral diseases that affect pregnancy outcomes are areas to be discussed. In addition, effective oral preventative measures for the elderly and their caregivers will be included. The training will be offered from 9am-3pm in the following locations:
- April 18th - CHCACT, Cheshire
- April 26th - Burroughs Community Center, Bridgeport
- May 14th- Hispanic Health Council, Hartford
- May 26th - Danbury Hospital, Danbury
- June 11th- Eastern AHEC, Norwich
Lunch is provided! Registration: https://www.train.org.connecticut/welcome use course id# 1072031
We encourage all CHWs to participate!!!!
Please contact me for more information!
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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4.10.18 New Haven Independent — Hill Health Plans Move to Q House
4.10.18 WTNH — “Buddy Benches” Making Schools Friendlier (feat. UCFS)
4.16.18 Hartford Business Journal — New Trinity Health CEO Pledges Community Approach in Competitive Health Care Market
4.14.18 The Day — Calling Department of Social Services: Prepare to Wait Three Hours
4.12.18 CT NewsJunkie — Lawmakers Work to Get Drug Pricing, Mental Health Parity Over the Finish Line
4.12.18 CT Mirror — CT Opioid Lawsuits Advancing in Face of Settlement Effort
4.12.18 CT Viewpoints — Medicare Savings Program Cuts are Harming Low-Income Seniors
4.12.18 CT Health I-Team — Hospitals Bill More Than $1 Billion in Facility Fees Over Two Years
4.11.18 Hartford Business Journal — Greater Hartford Ranked No. 1 for Physician Assistants
4.11.18 NY Times — Republicans Can’t Knock Down Obamacare, So They Are Finding Ways Around It
4.16.18 NY Times — Weighing the Pros and Cons of Statins
4.10.18 NY Times — FDA Restricts Sales of Bayer’s Essure Contraceptive Implant