This Week in CHCACTivities
Hepatitis C is a chronic liver disease that can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Many people with Hepatitis C do not experience any symptoms and do not know they are infected. So, testing is critical – especially now that there are treatments and cures for Hepatitis C.
Testing is especially important among the Baby Boom population (born 1945-1965), because Boomers are five times more likely to have Hepatitis C than other adults. Unfortunately, there has also been an increase in Hepatitis C among younger populations due to the ongoing opioid epidemic.
CHCACT has been working with the Gilead/FOCUS (On the Frontlines of Communities in the United States) program since October 2016; this program’s main goals are to make universal HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) testing a standard of care, and to link those who are found positive to care.
On Friday, March 23rd, CHCACT hosted a Learning Team Meeting with participating health centers: InterCommunity, UCFS, Fair Haven, Wheeler, Charter Oak and Family Centers. CHCACT hosts four Learning Team Meetings each year with the participating health centers, to allow staff to share best practices around implementing the program and discuss how they are incorporating the program into their normal clinic workflow. During the meeting on Friday, each health center shared a brief PowerPoint presentation on how implementation of the program is going, testing progress, successes, and challenges. A big part of the meeting is having a guided discussion and allowing the health centers to learn from each other and see what others are doing to address common challenges and barriers.
During the meeting, Marlene Moranino, CHCACT’s Director of Clinical Programs, reviewed where the health centers are as a group in meeting the goals for the program. Currently, the health centers are at 90% for the meeting the goal of HIV tests performed and are at 69% for meeting the goal of HCV tests performed. The health centers have a linkage to care rate of 82%, meaning that 82% of referred patients attended their first medical appointment to address their HIV or HCV status. At the beginning of next month, the health centers will be submitting their Quarter 2 Data Report to show the number of people they tested through January and March and will also be submitting their interim Narrative Report to discuss their progress on implementing the program at their health center.
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Have a great week,
This Week in Social Media
Congrats to the 7 CT health centers who recently received Quality Awards from
@HRSAgov! http://www.chcact.org/2018/03/26/connecticut-health-centers-receive-national-recognition-for-quality-care/ … @CSHHC @FairHavenCHC @HealthyNCHC @CHCConnecticut @SouthwestCHC First Choice and Community Health & Wellness Ctr of Greater Torrington!@CTHealthCenters) March 26, 2018.
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!
3.26.18 CHCACT — Press Release: CT Health Centers Receive National Recognition for Quality Care
3.23.18 New Haven Independent — Age is Not a Condom (feat. CS-Hill)
3.20.18 News12 Connecticut — State Lawmakers Mull Medicaid Expansion (feat. Norwalk Community Health Center)
3.26.18 Hartford Business Journal — Fortifying Ties Between Physicians, Specialists
3.22.18 CT NewsJunkie — Medicaid Public Option Bill Makes it Out of Committee
3.21.18 CT Health I-Team — Rising Rx Prices Forcing Critical Choices; States May Be Last Hope for Consumers
3.21.18 WNPR — Where in CT Are Overdoses Driving Hospital Visits?
3.20.18 Fairfield County Business Journal — Access Health CT Names Interim Leadership Team
3.23.18 NY Times — American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter
3.20.18 Boston Business Journal — State to Pay Doctors’ Student Loans to Lure Them to Community Health Centers