This Week in CHCACTion
February 12, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
On January 22nd-23rd, Futures Without Violence convened the leaders from four states (Connecticut, Arkansas, Idaho and Iowa) that were recently funded to kick off “Project Catalyst: Statewide Transformation on Health and IPV.” I was proud to be a part of our Connecticut team, along with Lindsey Kelly from the Department of Public Health and Jillian Gilchrest from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. These two days were focused on fostering leadership and collaboration, to improve the health and safety outcomes for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and human trafficking, including promoting prevention. The teams participated in training around intimate partner violence and human trafficking, as well as strategic ways to implement integration of IPV and human trafficking response into health care delivery throughout Connecticut – including in 50% of our state’s health centers.
For the new program, six health centers – Staywell Health Center, Optimus Health Care, Southwest Community Health Center, InterCommunity, United Community & Family Services and Charter Oak Health Center – have partnered with six local domestic violence programs. Over the next several months, a 2-day “train the trainer” program will convene, utilizing comprehensive training curricula, health care provider resources, patient education material and quality improvement tools developed by FUTURES, including online toolkit www.ipvhealthpartners.org, developed by and for community health centers and local domestic violence organizations to expand their partnerships.
Each of the six demonstration health centers has identified staff “champions” who will attend the trainings, act as resources/trainers at the health center level and partner with the local domestic violence centers on trauma-informed transformation. This is an ambitious program to be undertaken over the next 10 months! The state leadership team and partners at the health centers and domestic violence organizations are committed to providing systems changes that support an integrated and improved responses to IPV and human trafficking in Connecticut. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Integrating Community-Based Organizations with Health Care Providers
The Connecticut Health Foundation seeks to support integration between clinical care providers and community-based organizations in up to two Connecticut communities. The Connecticut Health Foundation will provide seed funding and technical assistance to collaboratives of at least three community-based organizations in each of the communities.
|Integrated Behavioral Health Services Supplemental Funding
HRSA’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) funding opportunity is a non-competitive supplement for organizations currently receiving Health Center Program operational grant (H80) funding. IBHS funding will help health centers increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health services, including the prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder.
|Access Health CT Navigator Program
Access Health CT seeks to partner with four (4) organizations that are viewed as a trusted, local community voice with a presence in communities across Connecticut. Activities will include community outreach, enrollment, speaking engagements, and marketing, among others.
|Peer to Peer HIV Interventions
The State of CT Department of Public Health announces funding to support HIV/AIDS related research projects, education and/or community services that focus on persons and populations either living with, or at risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS.
|HRSA Oral Health Infrastructure
|Connecticut Healthy Communities Project
The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health is seeking proposals to implement community-wide health promotion activities for the Connecticut Healthy Communities Project (CT HCP). Selected applicants will facilitate implementation of food service guidelines (FSGs) in community settings and worksites to increase the availability of healthier foods and coordinate with DPH to promote breastfeeding.
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!
2.8.18 The Hour — Community Health Centers Brace for Cuts to Federal Funding
2.6.18 CT Post — Hope for a Deal Remains as DC Shutdown Deadline Nears
2.12.18 Hartford Business Journal — CT Hospitals’ Demand for Immigrant Medical Talent on the Rise
2.11.18 WNPR — Flu Sends Highest Number of CT Patients to ER Since 2009
2.9.18 CT Mirror — Call-Wait Times for Medical Transport Better, But Complaints Persist
2.7.18 WNPR — Health Care by the Numbers – Gathering Data on Racial Disparities
2.7.18 Kaiser Health News — Despite Changes that Undermined ACA Enrollment, Marketplaces Remarkably Stable
2.9.18 CT Mirror — Budget Deal Has Plenty for Connecticut
2.9.18 NY Times — Herpes is Slowly Retreating, But the Infection Remains Common