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
|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!
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