This Week in CHCACTion
February 26, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
CHCACT’s Service to Improve Community Health (STICH) AmeriCorps Program is approaching its midpoint, with most members having completed 50% of their 1,700-hour commitment to national service. Members are forging community connections, offering health insurance literacy trainings, health education interactions, and serving in various FQHC departments from Women’s and Behavioral Health to Dental and Outreach offices.
Members and site supervisors are continuing to learn through training sessions with CHCACT and partner organizations. On February 14th, in partnership with UConn’s Health Disparities Institute, site supervisors met with Ms. Denise Smith, Research Associate and Project Manager, to reflect upon tactics related to health insurance literacy implementation in the community and how to best prepare members for successful presentations. Additionally, last Friday, February 23rd, STICH members participated in a networking session which emphasized the importance of professional relationship building. CHCACT staff from all levels had one-on-one discussions with members about their respective responsibilities, identified areas of mutual interest, and spoke about opportunities for future collaboration. The exercise enabled members to practice valuable communication and public speaking skills that will assist them during service and years beyond. On all fronts, our program is striving to improve knowledge and skill to more effectively serve Connecticut’s residents.
STICH AmeriCorps members also began planning for AmeriCorps Week 2018. We will be hosting events in Bridgeport, Norwich, and Waterbury from March 11th through 17th to emphasize the value and impact their service is having on local communities. Be on the lookout for #AmeriCorpsWeek, #GetThingsDone, and #DayoftheA from all participating health center social media outlets and CHCACT.
Lastly, recruitment efforts for the 2018-2019 next program year are underway! Please contact me at email@example.com for more information.
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program (ISTP)
The program expands the number of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, and/or social workers trained to provide mental health and substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD) services in underserved community-based settings that integrate primary care, mental health, and SUD services.
|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!
2.20.18 Hartford Courant — Services to Treat Opioid Addiction Now Offered in East Hartford (feat. InterCommunity)
2.26.18 Hartford Courant — School-Based Health Centers Facing Cuts Under Governor’s Proposed Budget
2.22.18 CT NewsJunkie — Op-Ed: Advocates Must Inform Consumers of Risks When the State Won’t
2.20.18 CT Mirror — White House Moves to Allow Obamacare Rival
2.23.18 Kaiser Health News — Evaluations of Medicaid Experiments by States, CMS Are Weak, GAO Says
2.22.18 ProPublica — A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient US Care for Mothers and Babies