This Week in CHCACTion
June 4, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Recently, Connecticut was impacted by a severe weather event that officially produced four tornadoes in the state. While this may seem like a rarity, Connecticut is no stranger to tornadoes with 29 of them documented from 2000-2016. On a related note, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their predictions for this hurricane season (June 1-November 30). They are expecting a “75% chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal.”
CHCACT works with the state’s health centers to ensure that they have plans in place to handle both natural and manmade emergencies. These plans include the creation and modeling of internal plans to continue operations (given a variety of potential challenges, such as flooding or lack of electricity), as well as ensuring that health centers are connected to first responders and other community organizations. Over the next several months, CHCACT will continue this work, reviewing Emergency Operations Plans and creating Continuity of Operations Plans. These plans will allow our FQHCs to prepare for, respond to, and recover from any emergency or disaster that may occur!
Now is a great time for you to review your own personal preparedness plans and notification systems! Luckily, Ready.gov provides information and plan templates to help make this process easier. Particularly relevant for this time of year are their pages on tornadoes, hurricanes, extreme heat and power outages.
Hopefully this information will help you and your family to feel safe and prepared for any severe weather we may encounter this season! Remember: preparedness is the key to a quick recovery!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
5.31.18 The Hour — Fairfield County Nonprofits Discuss How to Increase Their Influence (feat. Norwalk Community Health Center)
5.31.18 PR News — Anne-Lise Beauboeuf, MD to be Recognized as a 2018 Top Doctor in Bridgeport (feat. Southwest Community Health Center)
6.1.18 CT Mirror — Malloy Vetoes ECS Bill, Declines to Sign Health Measure
6.1.18 CT Mirror — Seldom Retiring, Betty Gallo is Quitting Nonetheless
5.31.18 News Times — New York, Connecticut Among Worst in Hospital Safety, Survey Finds
5.30.18 Hartford Business Journal — CT Opioid Prescriptions Down 14% in 2017
5.29.18 CT Mirror — Already Deep in Debt, CT Struggles with Extremes of Wealth & Income
6.1.18 Kaiser Health News — Benefit Change Could Raise Costs for Patients Getting Drug Copay Assistance
5.29.18 CT Health Policy Project Blog — Rest of US Catching Up With CT – Medicaid Managed Care Doesn’t Work
6.3.18 NPR — For Some Breast Cancer Patients, the Chemo Decision Just Got Easier
6.1.18 Kaiser Health News — Domestic Violence’s Overlooked Damage – Concussion & Brain Injury
5.30.18 CT NewsJunkie — Yale Professors Highlight New Trend in Pharma
5.30.18 NPR — Get Screened Earlier for Colorectal Cancer, Urges American Cancer Society
5.30.18 NY Times — The Largest Health Disparity We Don’t Talk About
5.29.18 ProPublica — More Midwives May Mean Healthier Mothers
5.29.18 The Day — Health Officials, Shingles Sufferers Recommend Anyone Over 50 Get New Vaccine
5.29.18 NY Times — They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?