This Week in CHCACTion
May 30, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
Have you received a HIV or Hepatitis C (HCV) screening test from your doctor?
Five Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), located in Norwich, Norwalk, Hartford, Torrington and East Hartford, now have funding to provide screening for HIV and Hepatitis C! CHCACT has a grant provided by Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company located in California, titled Frontlines of Communities in the United States (FOCUS).
FOCUS will increase the availability of HIV and HCV screening, reduce the number of undiagnosed and late diagnosed individuals, in addition to transforming the public perceptions and stigma towards those who wish to receive testing. Basically, the goal is to ensure that everyone who goes to see their doctor is screened for these diseases!
I recently attended the FOCUS Partner Summit in San Francisco where providers presented which methods have been successful and which methods they have struggled with to increasing screening.
The grant also aims to improve linkage to care for people who are HIV and/or HCV positive; identify those who are at high risk of contracting these diseases; and reach out to those who are out of care to improve health outcomes.
Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about the Gilead FOCUS grant!
- Christina Del Vecchio
This Week in Social Media
@NewsTimes piece on school-based health's impact: http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/State-funding-for-Danbury-area-school-based-11159887.php … Ask your legislators to protect state funds! @CTschoolhealth
— CHCACT (@CTHealthCenters) May 30, 2017
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals
The BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals develops and expands community-based experiential training to increase the supply of students preparing to become peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce.
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!
5.29.17 New Haven Register: New Haven Executive Named to Board of Directors of Bridgeport Prison Re-Entry Nonprofit (feat. CS-Hill)
5.20.17 News Times: State Funding for Danbury Area School Based Health Centers Threatened (feat. CIFC)
State Health News
5.30.17 CT Mirror: CT Optometrists Sharply Focused on Banning Online Competition
5.29.17 CT Mirror: Trump Budget Would Cut or End Food Stamps for Many in CT
5.22.17 CT Mirror: Advocates – Disabled Children Stranded in CT Hospital ERs
Health Insurance/Health Reform News
5.26.17 CT NewsJunkie: Lembo Tries to Renew Debate over Health Insurance Public Option
5.26.17 CT NewsJunkie: CT Senator Says Republicans are Like the Dog that Caught the Car
5.24.17 CT Mirror: CBO – GOP Health Bill’s Impact on CT, Other States Would Vary Widely
5.24.17 CT Mirror: Malloy Says Senators “Unnecessarily Antagonistic” to Insurers
5.23.17 CT Viewpoints: Got Birth Control Covered in CT? Don’t Assume
National/Other Health News
5.30.17 Kaiser Health News: A New Zika Threat Hovers as Summer’s Mosquitoes Get Bzzzzy
5.29.17 NY Times: Drug Lobbyists’ Battle Cry Over Prices – Blame the Others
5.24.17 Kaiser Health News: Putting a Lid on Waste – Needless Medical Bills Not Only Cost $200B, They Can Do Harm