This Week in CHCACTion!
September 5, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
CHCACT recently received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide further training and technical assistance to health centers receiving Ryan White funding, to treat people living with HIV/AIDS. CHCACT’s new program will focus on enhancing financial management systems that document HIV primary care services and allow for better tracking of time and effort and spending. Three health centers – CHS, Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington and StayWell Health – will be participating in this initiative.
CHCACT will be working with HealthHIV, a non-profit organization that provides support to communities and health care providers through education and technical assistance, to provide in-person interactive training to the participating health centers on topics such as program income, fiscal policy development, and budgeting. In addition, HealthHIV will conduct an on-site assessment at each health center to review the capacity of their current financial system.
CHCACT and HealthHIV then will work with the health centers to develop a formalized plan to implement the recommended enhancements. CHCACT and HealthHIV will continuously evaluate and monitor the health centers’ successes and provide ongoing technical assistance via phone calls, webinars, and refresher trainings. All information given to the health centers will be documented so it is available in the future and will help to train new staff on the updated policies and systems.
After completion of this program, staff will be able devote more time to address the changing needs of the HIV population and increase their capacity to handle multiple sources of funding – ultimately improving care, patient engagement, and overall health outcomes. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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9.4.18 Norwich Bulletin — Op-Ed: Be Informed When Making Vaccination Decisions (feat. UCFS)
9.4.18 CT NewsJunkie — Health Officials Warn Fentanyl Misuse is on the Rise (feat. InterCommunity)
8.31.18 WTIC 1080AM — CHCACT’s Deb Polun on WTIC 1080 AM
8.30.18 NBC Connecticut — K2 Education a Focus of Overdose Awareness Day in New Haven (feat. CS-Hill)
9.3.18 CT Viewpoints — CT’s Opioid Epidemic – A Glimpse of the Last Five Years
9.3.18 Hartford Business Journal — Op-Ed: Business Community Can Play Key Role in Preventing Prescription Opioid Abuse
8.30.18 CT Mirror — STDs Reach Record Level in CT, Early Data Show
9.5.18 CT by the Numbers — Report – Medicaid’s Impact Goes Beyond Health Care to the Economy
9.4.18 Governing — How the Midterms Could Impact Medicaid
8.30.18 CT Mirror — Study – 24% of Hartford Area Residents Have Pre-Existing Health Problem
8.31.18 NY Times — From 0 to 10 Million: Vaping Takes Off in the US
8.30.18 CT Viewpoints — Why Synthetic Marijuana is So Risky