January 27, 2017


This Week in CHCACTivities

As someone who has long worked in public health and clinical workforce development, I am thrilled to spearhead the Teaching Health Center program at CHCACT. “Teaching Health Centers” (THCs) take the traditional medical training model – where residents train in hospitals and have brief stints in community settings – and flips it on its head. Residents who train at Teaching Health Centers are based at and spend the majority of their time at a federally-qualified health centers, learning about the value of community health, while still doing a clinical rotation in a hospital setting. Teaching Health Centers are a federal model; FQHCs become accredited for internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, dentistry, pediatrics or OB-GYN. This training model has increased the number of primary care physicians working in an FQHC after graduation to 90%!

In 2013, CT Institute for Communities-Greater Danbury Community Health Center (CIFC) established CT’s first Teaching Health Center, training residents in primary care and internal medicine. Three years later, with a graduating class under its belt, CIFC continues to train its 29 residents, using team-based, person-centered care. Other FQHCs in Connecticut have also expressed interest in establishing a Teaching Health Center – partially as a response to long-standing recruiting challenges for medical professionals.

While federal funding challenges have presented obstacles, CHCACT continues to work with CT’s FQHCs and hospitals across the state to develop the necessary partnerships for the establishment of new teaching health centers. We’ve also expanded our focus in clinical workforce development at the community level as collaborate to enhance Practice Transformation; in the next few years, we will see training programs for members of the health care team: medical assistants, community health workers, social workers and more at CT’s FQHCs!

If you’re interested in learning more about this work, feel free to contact me! – Brenda


Brenda DelGado
Practice Transformation Workforce Advisor




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Funding Opportunities

CHCACT maintains a list of available funding opportunities. Find out them here!

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 dpolun@chcact.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!

Featured Stories 
1.26.17 New Haven Register: Mix of Programs Helps Low-Income Families in CT Build Healthy Eating Habits (feat. Fair Haven & Southwest)
1.26.17 CT Mirror: Access Health CT to Tighten Mid-Year Sign-Ups, Restore Broker Fees (feat. CHCACT)
1.25.17 The Day: Courtney, Local Groups Push Back Against ACA Repeal (feat. UCFS)

State Health News
1.26.17 CT Mirror: Malloy Proposals Target Opioids
1.26.17 Hartford Business Journal: Hartford HealthCare, Go Health to Open Urgent Care Centers
1.25.17 Hartford Business Journal: Report – CT Needs to Improve Health Insurance Literacy
1.24.17 CT Mirror: Lembo Targets Skyrocketing Drug Prices

Health Insurance/Health Reform News
1.20.17 CT Mirror: Access Health CT Wants to Require Broker Commissions
1.19.17 CT Mirror: Access Health CT Seeks to Tighten Mid-Year Enrollment Rules
1.18.17 NPR: Indiana’s Model for Medicaid Could Spread, But It’s Not Working for Everyone
1.17.17 Kaiser Health News: Budget Scorekeepers Say Republican Plan Would Raise Number of Uninsured by 32M 
1.16.17 Fairfield County Business Journal: Report – CT, NY Could Lose Thousands of Jobs, Billions of Dollars if Obamacare Repealed

National/Other Health News
1.27.17 Kaiser Health News: Spreading the Word About HIV Prevention for African-American Women
1.24.17 Governing: The Nexus Between Data and Public Health
1.23.17 Kaiser Health News: Tackling Patients’ Social Problems Can Cut Health

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Events/Educational Opportunities

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Feb 11 @ 8:00 am – Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm



DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, February 3, 2017

Language Barriers affect millions of consumers in the United States each year. Their health care quality is compromised when communication is not communicated effectively. Course Description

  • Basic interpreting techniques and ability to justify the technique selected according to particular situations.
  • Knowledge of medical terms and concepts relevant to clinical and non-clinical encounters.
  • Skills and ethics of interpreting.

Location Gateway Community College 20 Church St., New Haven, CT Dates: 2/11/17 – 4/22/17 – Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Price $775 (Includes course materials) Payment Plans Available – Group Discounts Available


Price $775 (Includes course materials) Payment Plans Available – Group Discounts Available


For more information or to register, contact Hector Gonzalez at 860-465-8281 x 405 or Gonzalez@easternctahec.org

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle
Feb 23 – Apr 6 all-day

The 2017 Application and Program Guidance for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program is open through Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The program awards up to $50,000 (tax-free) to health care professionals to repay their student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at NHSC-approved sites in high-need, underserved areas. 

Meeting Staffing Needs Using Encore Talent
Apr 4 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Encore Boston Network and its partners – ReServe and ESC of New England are pleased to announce a webinar to help your mission. This is being brought to you thanks to the support of the Boston Foundation. The webinar is part of our work to share learning about and options for building capacity in non-profits in the New England area by engaging adults 50+.

There’s been a lot of talk about the value of encore talent. But the idea of engaging older adults in paid and volunteer roles sometimes morphs into a challenging series of questions and concerns, making it seem hard to start and sustain operationally. This webinar will address those questions and concerns, providing a roadmap for tapping, integrating and retaining the skill and experience of adults 50+. We will focus on changes in the workplace that make this reservoir of talent both available and desirable. Using a toolkit of best practices, we will introduce resources for attracting encore talent and creating a multigenerational workforce. And we will describe current options for fast-tracking access to encore talent in a variety of roles.

Attendees will come away with the following by participating in this event:

  • The latest information about engaging older adults as a talent solution.
  • Knowledge about tools and resources (drawn from Encore Talent Works).
  • Awareness of the pathways available to them through the Encore Boston Network, ReServe and ESC of New England.
  • Understanding of next steps and how we can help.

Note: This is a 90 minute session to allow time for questions and sharing your reactions.

Click here to register for this free webinar!



April 4
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Event Category:
2017 Medical-Legal Partnership Summit
Apr 5 – Apr 7 all-day

2017 Medical-Legal Partnership SummitNational Harbor, MD–April 5-7, The Medical-Legal Partnership Summit hosts leaders and practitioners from the public and private sectors for a national conversation about how to integrate health and legal services to better address social determinants of health.  Early bird registration rate ends 2/24


Healthcare Incident Command Systems (HICS): Application for Community Health Centers
Apr 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Healthcare Incident Command System (HICS):

Application for Community Health Centers

Dates: Thursday, April 6 and Thursday May 4, 2017

To register go to ct.train.org and search for course ID 1069395


The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and hands-on planning experience incorporating the Incident Command System (ICS) into your Center’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and customizing ICS tools for your Center’s use. The training will begin with a 90-minute webinar to establish an understanding of key incident management concepts for FQHCs, based on the Healthcare Incident Command System (HICS) model, including how it is incorporated into the EOP.  After the webinar, participants will have a one-month project period where they update the ICS components of their Center’s EOP as a team and customize standard HICS tools for their center. Technical assistance will be available to Center teams as needed during the project period. The course will close with a final 90-minute webinar where participants will share their project accomplishments and challenges followed by a presentation on how to draft and execute a workplace exercise to test their organization’s utilization of HICS. This training is a collaboration between NEPHTC, the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness and CHCACT.


Course Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the importance and purpose of utilizing HICS to manage the response to an incident.
  • Discuss how HICS is incorporated into the organizational Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
  • Describe the primary functions and management principles of HICS.
  • Recognize the key HICS tools and forms used in incident management.
  • Update the organizational EOP to enhance the use of HICS when the plan is activated
  • Select HICS tools and forms to be used within the organization and adapt them as necessary
  • Provide examples of common challenges updating an organizational EOP and associated HICS tools.
  • Identify initial steps to draft an exercise to test the use of HICS in a simulated EOP activation.
  • Locate resources to support the design and execution of an exercise.


  • IS-100.HCb, Introduction to the Incident Command System for Healthcare/Hospitals
  • Recommended: IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • CHC facility must have an EOP and participants must be able to use the plan for course activities

Duration of Training: 3 hours total for 2 webinars and 2 hours or more for team project to update organizational EOP between webinars.

Target audience: Center personnel who have a direct role in emergency preparedness planning and response, as well as key decision-making staff such as executive directors, operations managers, office managers and facility staff.  Teams of 3 to five staff for each center are encouraged.  Each team should appoint a leader to coordinate the project.

  • Webinar 1: April 6, 2014 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Project Period: April 7 to May 3, 2017
  • Webinar 2: May 4, 2017 11 AM to 12:30 PM

Completion: Participants must attend both webinars and participate in the team project in order to receive a NEPHTC Certificate of Completion.

Registration is limited!

Questions? Contact Kathi Traugh at kathi.traugh@yale.edu or 203-785-2868

Working Women: “The New Face of Addiction” @ New Britain Museum of American Art
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Learn more about the efforts underway in Connecticut to prevent, identify and treat opioid and other forms of addiction in women. 
Thursday, April 6, 2017
5:00-7:30 PM
New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052
Featuring a leading panel of experts.

Judith Stonger
Vice President, Prevention, 
Wellness & Recovery, 

Jessica Smith
Senior Director,
Adult Outpatient Services, Wheeler 
Moderator, Angi Carter
Senior Web Producer, Metrics Specialist, New Haven Register, Producer, Citizens Television 
  • Patricia A. Rehmer, Senior Vice President, Hartford Healthcare, and President, Behavioral Health Network; and
  • Annette Diaz, an Hispanic woman in long-term recovery doing peer work since 2009, Certified Recovery Support Specialist, Peer Coordinator, Community Health Resources
Free Parking and Lite Bites at 5 p.m. 
Panel discussion starts at 6 p.m.
Attendees receive free museum admission.
 Media Sponsors
Hartford Courant Logo
CT Latino News Logo
  This event is supported with a grant from Koopman Share of the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

2017 CT Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic @ Floyd Little Athletic Center
Apr 7 @ 6:00 am – Apr 8 @ 4:00 pm

2017 CT MOM Event



Community Health Worker Day in CT @ Connecticut Hospital Association
Apr 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On April 7th from 1-4 pm the Community Health Workers Association of CT will be celebrating the Community Health Worker Day in CT. 
This is the first time in the history of Connecticut that the Community Health Workers Association of CT  will have the opportunity to meet as a recognized Association in our State.  Please, join me and the rest of the Board members, allies, Community Health Workers and others to do some networking.  Bring your business cards and information about your programs. 

Representation from CAHS will be present to talk about resources in CT and the EBO system.  An update about what is happening in Connecticut will be also given.  Don’t miss this opportunity to share your ideas and meet others.
Please, share this email with others.  RSVP by March 31, 2017 at 203-685-6429 or email at chwassociation@cpha.info.
Webinar: Improving Oral Health Using Telehealth-Connected Teams
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

NNOHA Webinar – Improving Oral Health Using Telehealth-Connected Teams: Opportunities for Health Centers
Monday, April 10, 2017 10:00 a.m. MDT (12:00 p.m. EDT)

Register here!

Speaker – Paul Glassman DDS, MA, MBA Professor of Dental Practice Director, Community Oral Health Director, Pacific Center for Special Care University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Webinar Description:   In a rapidly changing health care environment, there are new opportunities for health centers.  These include the ability to expand their role on the front line of oral health delivery systems using telehealth-connected teams and improve the ability to bring oral health care to currently underserved groups, improve oral health, and lower the per-capita cost to do so.  

Webinar Objectives This webinar will assist health centers who wish to be a part of telehealth connected dental teams to extend dental care to underserved populations in their communities. Participants will be able to: 1) Discuss advances in science and technology that enable the expansion of dental practices through Virtual Dental Homes using telehealth connected teams; 2) List strategies and best practices for expanding the reach of dental practices using telehealth-connected teams; 3) Describe the organization, infrastructure and function of a telehealth connected Virtual Dental Home.

Five-Part Board Chair Leadership Webinar Series (4 of 5)
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Dimensions of Board Chair Leadership Webinar Series

This webinar series provides board chairs information and insight about leading the board of directors in their oversight and support responsibilities.  Each webinar looks at a dimension of board chair responsibilities and highlights practices for improvement – improving their own performance, the performance of the full board, and ultimately the performance of the health center in achieving its mission in the community, which is the passion of all board members.


Webinar #4: Leading High-Performing Board Meetings
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 2:00PM – 2:45PM EST

Register NOW

The fourth webinar presentation will look at the board chair’s role in facilitating and leading board and executive committee meetings that assure participation and viewpoints of all members. The session will address developing agendas that streamline the use of time, cover fiduciary and strategic issues, and execute the board’s annual work plan.

New Haven Food Policy Council Meeting @ New Haven City Hall Meeting Room 1
Apr 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
The New Haven Food Policy Council is a volunteer advisory board for the City of New Haven. http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/government/foodcouncil.asp
Keep the Promise Adult Committee Meeting @ CT Valley Hospital (CVH), Page Hall, Rm. 217
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Keep the Promise Coalition was formed in 1999 by people living with mental illness, family members, providers and other advocates in response to the “broken promise” to invest in community mental health services and supports in Connecticut. The state’s promise to build a comprehensive, community mental health system has not been kept forcing many people with mental illness into expensive settings such as emergency rooms, jails/prisons, homelessness, and institutional care. KTP advocates for spending money smarter by focusing on cost effective, preventative, early intervention and community mental health services, supports and housing. Spending money smarter on proven solutions saves lives and taxes!
Diabetes Prevention Webinar: New Pathways for Reimbursement
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Webinar–Diabetes Prevention: New Pathways for Reimbursement, Fri, April 28, 2017, 2:00-3:00PM ET, The recent decision by the US HHS to make the National DPP the first preventive program under the ACA to be expanded from an innovation pilot to reimbursable coverage for the Medicare population has opened the door for new opportunities for delivery of this proven program.  Registration deadline: Wed, April 26, 2017 at 2:00PM ET. 

NACHC New CMO Training (San Francisco, CA) @ Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Apr 29 – Apr 30 all-day

NACHC New CMO Training April 29-30 San Francisco

New to your role as Medical/Clinical Direc­tor of your health cen­ter? Train­ing for New Med­ical Direc­tors is a foun­da­tional and essen­tial build­ing block in your career devel­op­ment as a health cen­ter Medical/Clinical Direc­tor. This train­ing pro­vides the core knowl­edge and com­pe­ten­cies that all health cen­ter Medical/Clinical Direc­tors need to func­tion as effec­tive man­agers, lead­ers, and advo­cates for their cen­ters and com­mu­ni­ties. In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing con­tex­tual knowl­edge regard­ing the his­tory, polit­i­cal evo­lu­tion, reg­u­la­tory expec­ta­tions, and ter­mi­nol­ogy of the health cen­ter move­ment, course con­tent focuses on devel­op­ing com­pe­tency in evolv­ing health­care issues such as the patient-centered med­ical home, elec­tronic health records, and mean­ing­ful use. The course for­mat includes didac­tic learn­ing, small group case stud­ies, and net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. These com­po­nents are inter-connected and come together to pro­vide you with a high-quality and com­pre­hen­sive train­ing. As such, your par­tic­i­pa­tion in the entire train­ing is required.

Dis­cus­sion Top­ics:

  • „ His­tory of Health Cen­ters and the National Health Ser­vice Corps
  • „ Per­for­mance Eval­u­a­tion: Review and Accred­i­ta­tion
  • „ Fund­ing Sources and Reg­u­la­tory Expec­ta­tions
  • „ Deliv­ery Mod­els and Sup­port­ing Orga­ni­za­tions
  • „ Fed­eral Tort Claims Act and Risk Man­age­ment
  • „ The Role of the Medical/Clinical Direc­tor
  • „ Qual­ity Man­age­ment, Patient-Centered Med­ical Home, and Mean­ing­ful Use

Target Audience:

Course content is designed specifically for new Medical/Clinical Directors, including Site Directors. Chief Dental Officers and Dental Directors are also welcome to participate.

This Live activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 10 Elective credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

De-Mystifying the 19 Program Requirements
May 2 @ 8:00 am – May 3 @ 12:30 pm

Registration link: http://ftlf.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=89567

Over the last few years, HRSA has significantly increased its scrutiny of health centers’ compliance with the nineteen (19) key health center program requirements – both on paper as well as in practice. .

  • Does your Scope of Project accurately identify the services provided and their mode of delivery?
  • Do you have written agreements in place for services provided via contract and/or formal referral and do your agreements include all required provisions? 
  • Have you fully implemented the sliding fee discount program requirements?
  • Have your billing and collection policies struck the balance between maximizing reimbursement and maintaining optimum access? 
  • Is your Board of Directors exercising all of its authorities and meeting other governance requirements? 

With the release of the draft Compliance Manual, HRSA’s focus on compliance with requirements continues to strengthen.  Coupled with the potential consequences of non-compliance (including draw-down restrictions and re-competition of your grant), it is crucial that every health center prepare itself by reviewing its knowledge and implementation of all core requirements. 

Join Marcie Zakheim from FTLF and Warren Brodine, trusted health center advisor, for this hands-on training as they walk health centers through the substance and implementation of the 19 program requirements, as well as the OSV review process, and identify key hotspots (both old and new) that cause concerns from OSV reviewers. 

Participants will explore current trends and patterns that have emerged from the field regarding governance, administration and finance and receive “tips” from our speakers.  Whether or not you have an OSV on the horizon, this is a must attend workshop!


Marcie Zakheim, Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

Warren Brodine, W.J. Brodine & Co. 

Length of the Training:

1.5 Days – 8 am to 5 pm on May 2, and 8 am to 12:30 pm on May 3.
The end time for each day is subject to change.

Specific agenda will be available here at a later date.

Cost for this 2 Day Training:
Early bird rate (until April 7): $645 per person

Regular registration (after April 7): $695 per person 

FTLF is hosting the FTCA training directly following this training on the afternoon of May 3 and all day May 4.  If you are interested in attending both trainings, FTLF is offering a registration discount.  To receive this discount, contact Jaime Hirschfeld at jhirschfeld@ftlf.com.

Available payment methods include purchase order, check, and credit card. Payment for this live training is due 2 weeks before the start of the event (April 18, 2017). If payment is not received in full 2 weeks prior to the start of the event, your order will be cancelled and you will be denied entrance to the training. 

Available payment methods include purchase order, check, and credit card. Payment for this live training is due 2 weeks before the start of the event (April 18, 2017). If payment is not received in full 2 weeks prior to the start of the event, your order will be cancelled and you will be denied entrance to the training. 

Location and Hotel Accommodations:
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

FTLF has negotiated the discount rate of $159 per night.  To make your hotel reservations please call the hotel directly at (800) 228-9290 and mention Feldesman Tucker or FTLF or you can make your reservations online.  The discounted rate expires April 10, 2017.

Cancellation Policy for this Event:
All cancellation requests must be received in writing.

All cancellations prior to April 2, 2017, will receive a full refund.

All cancellation requests received between April 3, 2017 and April 18, 2017 will receive a 50% refund.

All cancellation requests received after April 18, 2017 will not be eligible for a refund.

To cancel your reservation, please send a request in writing to Jaime Hirschfeld at jhirschfeld@ftlf.com.

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