This Week in CHCACTion
December 18, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
As many of you know, I came on board as Chief Executive Officer for the Community Health Center Association of CT (CHCACT) three weeks ago today. While I bring a broad health care background with me – having worked as a pharmacist, and in several positions in hospitals and, most recently, leading an insurance company – I admit I am still learning all the ins and outs of the health center world.
Through visits to health centers, as well as a flurry of meetings with health center leaders, statewide partners and CHCACT staff, I am getting brought up to speed on services provided, locations, and a number of ongoing projects, ranging from new grants around intimate partner violence and readiness for health information exchanges, to our Practice Transformation Network efforts around quality improvement, to workforce recruitment/development/retention. This past Friday, I was pleased to participate in the graduation ceremony for CHCACT’s “Prescription for Leading Yourself & Others” program, which develops mid-level health center staff into future leaders!
I have been continually impressed by the breadth and scope of the services provided by our state’s health centers. Moving forward, I’ll seek to bring the “Three Cs” to our work: Communication, Collaboration and Cooperation. CT’s seventeen health center organizations often do work together on initiatives; for example, Cornell Scott-Hill and Fair Haven have recently agreed to work together, with Yale-New Haven Hospital to provide primary care services. In Bridgeport, Optimus and Southwest Community Health Centers collaborate on a cognitive behavioral intervention program for children facing trauma. Additional communication, collaboration and cooperation will serve to improve health care access and delivery for people across our state.
I look forward to working with all of you in those efforts!
This Week in Social Media
Congrats to the graduates of CHCACT's "Prescription for Leading Yourself & Others" leadership development program! Participants were from
@OptimusHealthCT @FairHavenCHC @SouthwestCHC @HealthyNCHC @UCFS1877 @CHCConnecticut Wheeler Clinic, Generations & First Choice Health Centers! @CTHealthCenters) December 5, 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!
12.13.17 CT Post — Santa to Visit Bridgeport Health Center
12.12.17 WTIC 1080AM — Marlene Moranino & Jillian Gilchrest with Ray Dunaway re FUTURES Grant (feat. CHCACT)
12.12.17 Norwich Bulletin — Generations Family Health Center Receives Grant
12.15.17 CT Mirror — Families of 17,000 Children Being Told Health Coverage May End
12.14.17 CT NewsJunkie — Lawmakers Firm Up Session on Medicare Savings, Set Aside Deficit for Now
12.14.17 CT NewsJunkie — Anti-Tobacco Activist Pushes Cessation Rather than Taxation
12.13.17 CT NewsJunkie — Malloy Offers Lawmakers a Mix of Tax Increases, Spending Cuts to Erase Red Ink
12.13.17 Hartford Business Journal — CT Again Ties for Last in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
12.17.17 The Hill — Obamacare Mandate Repeal Would Put Pressure on States
12.13.17 Hartford Courant — New Obamacare Sign-Ups Exceed Expectations in CT
12.13.17 WNPR — Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange Reaches Out for “Young Invincibles”
12.14.17 Kaiser Health News — Telemedicine for Addiction Treatment? Picture Remains Fuzzy
12.12.17 Courthouse News — Congress Pressed to Fund Health Care Program for Low-Income Families
12.12.17 Kaiser Health News — An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs