This Week in CHCACTion
May 7, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Wellness in the Workplace
Does your employer have a workplace Wellness Program!? If not, it’s time to start one! Wellness programs are on the rise, and companies are realizing that there are many benefits to having a wellness program! Happy, healthy employees also tend to be much more productive employees; so it’s a win, win!
CHCACT’s Wellness programs consists of providing health and wellness information to employees, fitness challenges, group walks around our building, “lunchtime moves” (a quick 10 minute or less exercise), “Join us for lunches” (a healthy lunch for a small donation), a staff shout out wall, trivia contests, and much, much more. It’s important that CHCACT’s staff know that we care about our their wellbeing and overall mental health.
A simple way to start is to check out your health insurance carrier’s website, they often have a monthly schedule of topics and ideas that you can incorporate into your wellness program. For example, May is considered National Mental Health month, and Anthem offers all types of informational flyers and resources for Mental Health that we are going to share throughout the month. You can also incorporate a challenge of some sort to go along with this, maybe a “Take a break challenge”. This challenge would encourage employees to take a step away from their work for a short mental break. Taking a mental break is important in the workplace. Doing so can reduce stress and make employees more productive. A simple log sheet can be given to employees, so that they can keep track of when they are taking breaks. At the end of the challenge employees can submit their log sheets and be entered in a drawing for a prize!
So now is the time to start that wellness program, start off simple and expand it as you go. No matter what you plan to do, make it fun-and don’t forget that your employees are the most valuable assets to your company!
Have a happy and healthy week!
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|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.
|New Access Points Funding
HRSA announces the availability of $50 million in New Access Points (NAP) funding for the delivery of primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program.
The purpose of the Health Center Program NAP funding opportunity is to provide operational support for new service delivery sites under the Health Center Program to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services. Organizations can apply for up to $650,000 per year.
Applications are due in Grants.gov by Tuesday, March 12 (11:59 p.m. ET), and HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by Thursday, April 11 (5:00 p.m. ET). HRSA expects to make approximately 75 awards in September.
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 email@example.com. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
5.2.18 Hartford Courant — Plainville Community Schools Expands School Based Behavioral Health Services Partnership with Wheeler Clinic
5.1.18 WFSB — Xfinity Theatre Ends Contract with Ambulance Company
5.7.18 CT Mirror — Aiming for Bipartisan Deal, Dems Add Funding for Seniors, Towns
5.7.18 Fairfield County Business Journal — Stamford’s Northeast Medical Institute Aims to be Unique Occupational School
5.4.18 CT Viewpoints — Tracking Non-Fatal Opioid Overdose – Time to Get Ahead of the Curve
5.3.18 CT Viewpoints — Let’s Hold Health Insurers Accountable for the Contracts They Sign
5.3.18 NY Times — When Doctors Downplay Women’s Health Concerns
5.2.18 Vox — Pregnant Women Can Feel Pressured to Go Off Antidepressants. But That Carries Risks Too