This Week in CHCACTion!
September 17, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last week, CHCACT hosted its first organization-wide conference, the Community Health Summit.
Over 200 participants – from health centers, other community-based organizations and other partners – had an opportunity to expand their knowledge and relationships and generate some innovative ideas. We were thrilled to be welcomed by our Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, a former health care provider herself. Our plenary session included an interview with Frances Padilla of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, who spoke about today’s health care environment in CT, as well as the history of the movement for universal health coverage, and what the future holds. Participants also chose three of twelve breakout sessions, including topics such as hospital-health center partnerships, integrating oral health into primary care, how geomapping can be used towards better population health, ensuring data privacy in a digital era and more. And we were all entertained by a performance from Sea Tea Improv.
CHCACT also showcased health care achievements through our Practice Transformation Network program. Our health centers have been nationally recognized both for their work in transforming their care delivery and for improved health outcomes. At the end of the conference, CHCACT presented the Katrina Clark Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to community health and quality improvement, to Optimus Health Care.
On Saturday, CHCACT hosted a retreat for CT health center board members, providing a chance for board members from different health centers to come together, to learn from experts and from each other. Sessions included information about health center finances, the new compliance manual, fostering creativity, leadership skills and more! And a big thanks to Kate McEvoy, for sharing her morning with us, to talk about our state Medicaid program, the Affordable Care Act and more. Kate is the Director of the State of CT Department of Social Services’ Division of Health Services.
Have a great week,
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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!
9.13.18 Greenwich Time — Public Housing Residents Step Towards Self-Sufficiency (feat. Family Centers)
9.13.18 WTNH — Celebrating 50 Years of Providing Health Care to Thousands (feat. CS-Hill)
9.12.18 CT Mirror — Medicaid Transportation Contractor Improving, But Complaints Continue
9.12.18 CT Health I-Team — Doctors Slow to Adopt Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Treatment
9.11.18 CT NewsJunkie — Op-Ed: Health Disparities Are Real, And New Payment Schemes Are Probably Making Them Worse
9.13.18 CT Mirror — Insurance Department Approves on Average 3% Rate Hikes for 2019 Plans
9.14.18 Kaiser Health News — Discreetly Tracking Down Sex Partners to Stop a Surge in STDs
9.12.18 NY Times — FDA Targets Vaping, Alarmed by Teenage Use