This Week in CHCACTion
August 21, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last week was National Health Center Week, celebrating health centers as "the key to healthier communities." Health centers across the state hosted health fairs and other events for community members; elected officials made several visits to tour health centers and talk to patients and providers about current health issues, like the ACA and the opioid crisis. You can view photos from these events on CHCACT's twitter and facebook pages!
In conjunction with National Health Center Week, the Bureau of Primary Health Care released 2016 Uniform Data System (UDS) data on health centers. A few notable facts:
- CT health centers served almost 374,000 people in 2016, a 7% increase from the prior year;
- CT health centers provided over 1 million medical visits, 264,000 dental visits and almost 400,000 mental health visits in 2016;
- CT health centers employed over 3,300 people in 2016!
You can see all of the health center demographic and clinical data here.
Finally, I am happy to share that the federal government has awarded almost $1.8 million in Quality Improvement Awards to health centers in our state! These awards demonstrate health centers' commitment to innovation in health care delivery, and the overall improvement of people's health! These goals and achievements are in alignment with CHCACT's Practice Transformation Network grant, as well as other quality improvement projects. You can view the list of awards here.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
This Week in Social Media
Today Generations Family Health Center dedicated its community room to Edith Prague, longtime health care advocate!
— CHCACT (@CTHealthCenters) August 21, 2017
This Week in Funding Opportunities
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!
8.16.17 Hartford Business Journal — 16 CT Health Centers Net $1.8 Million to Improve Care Quality
8.15.17 The Day — Blumenthal Offers Confidence in Funding for Health Centers in UCFS Stop
8.15.17 WNPR — Connecticut Initiative Aims to Stem Rising Addiction Trend in Teen Girls (feat. Wheeler Clinic)
8.15.17 CT Post — Connecticut Health Centers Get $1.7 Million in Grants (feat. Norwalk, Optimus, Southwest)
8.18.17 CT Mirror — While Waiting for a State Health Records Exchange, Medical Society Launches One
8.16.17 CT Health I-Team — Yale – Opioid Addiction Treatment in ED is Cost-Effective
8.16.17 CT NewsJunkie — CBO – Insurance Premiums Would Increase, Federal Deficit Would Worsen
8.21.17 Governing — Rural America Gets Creative to Attract Much Needed Doctors
8.18.17 NY Times — The Appointment Ends. Now the Patient is Listening.