This Week in CHCACTion
October 2, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
CHCACT has been partnering with Gilead Sciences to bring its FOCUS program (On the Frontlines of Communities in the United States) to FQHCs throughout Connecticut, with a goal to increase testing for HIV and Hepatitis C at health centers. This past year, five FQHCs participated in the FOCUS program: Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington, Community Health Services, InterCommunity, Norwalk Community Health Center and UCFS.
On September 29th, CHCACT had its final learning collaborative meeting with the participating health centers. These meetings allowed health center staff to share best practices with each other and discuss any challenges and successes they have had over the past couple of months. Health centers shared the different tools they used to help identify those patients that were eligible for testing based on CDC guidelines. The group discussed how Hepatitis C prevalence has grown across CT and how FQHCs can partner with other agencies in the community to ensure patients receive the care they need. Through the FOCUS project, the participating FQHCs have built new workflows in their clinic for universal HIV and Hepatitis C testing and made enhancements to their Electronic Health Records to help improve tracking of patients who need to be tested and their results.
If you are interested in learning more about this project or how to improve your health center’s HIV or Hepatitis C testing rate, get in touch!
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This Week in Social Media
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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 email@example.com. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
9.29.17 New Haven Register — Congress Fails to Fund Community Health Centers (feat. Fair Haven, CS-Hill)
9.29.17 New Haven Independent — Community Health Centers Put Out Funding SOS Call (feat. Fair Haven, CHCACT)
9.29.17 WTNH — Senators Warn of Funding Cuts to Health Centers (feat. Fair Haven Community Health Center)
9.28.17 Hartford Courant — State Prepares for Influx of People from Puerto Rico, As Supplies Head to Island (feat. CHS)
9.27.17 Norwich Bulletin — Generations Family Health Center Receives Grant Funds
9.27.17 CT NewsJunkie — The Opioid Crisis is “Bigger Than We Think”
9.27.17 Hartford Business Journal — Study – Fewer Hartford Preschoolers Overweight, But Rates Exceed National Prevalence
9.26.17 CT NewsJunkie — Malloy Administration Working to Push Hospital Tax Deal Over the Finish Line
9.26.17 Hartford Business Journal — Community Health Workers are Worth the Money
9.29.17 NY Times — In the US, 110 Million STD Infections
9.28.17 Kaiser Health News — For Some Refugees, Women’s Health Care is a Culture Shock
9.28.17 NY Times — Older Siblings a Risk Factor for Serious Flu Infections in Infants
9.28.17 Vox — Chronic Pain Patients Need Better Options, Not Just Fewer Opioids