This Week in CHCACTion!
October 1, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
The recent flooding and damage caused in the Carolinas by Hurricane Florence has many organizations reviewing their plans in case of an emergency – and just in time, as September was National Preparedness Month. This year, National Preparedness Month focused on creating and practicing preparedness plans, learning life saving skills, assessing insurance coverage, and setting aside emergency resources. All this may seem daunting work, but Ready.gov helps individuals and organizations break emergency preparedness into bite-sized steps that make the whole task easier to tackle!
CHCACT also helps to break this work into smaller tasks for our health centers. While health centers are required to have comprehensive emergency preparedness programs and plans, we support them in developing specific aspects of these programs and plans. Currently, CHCACT is working with TetraTech to develop a Continuity of Operations Plan template specifically for health centers. Continuity of Operations Plans allow health centers to ensure that they will be able to continue providing critical services to their clients during and after an emergency event, whether a natural event like a hurricane or a manmade event like an attack.
Additionally, CHCACT and health centers are members of Connecticut’s Regional Health Care Coalitions, which consist of public health entities and organizations from across the state. Participating in these regional coalitions allows CHCACT to act as a representative of our health centers and to coordinate with local, state and regional partners on emergency preparedness planning, training and response. Right now, the Health Care Coalitions are gearing up for flu season, monitoring hurricane season, and developing regional response plans.
As you can see, emergency preparedness is taking place at all levels and requires both organizations and individuals to participate in order to ensure we are all safe! Let me know if you would like more information!
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|New Access Points Funding
HRSA announces the availability of $50 million in New Access Points (NAP) funding for the delivery of primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program. The purpose of the Health Center Program NAP funding opportunity is to provide operational support for new service delivery sites under the Health Center Program to improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by expanding access to affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care services. Organizations can apply for up to $650,000 per year.
Applications are due in Grants.gov by Tuesday, March 12 (11:59 p.m. ET), and HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by Thursday, April 11 (5:00 p.m. ET). HRSA expects to make approximately 75 awards in September.
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!
9.28.18 Hartford Courant — Wheeler Receives $1.5-Million Grant to Address Opioid Crisis, Deliver Enhanced Medication-Assisted Treatment Services and Supports in New Britain
9.27.18 CT Post — Developer for East End Grocery Project Announced (feat. Optimus)
9.25.18 Norwich Bulletin — Be Present to Help Children Work Through Stress (feat. UCFS)
9.25.18 The Hour — Editorial: Thumbs Up (feat. Norwalk Community Health Center)
9.25.18 CT Post — More Federal Funds on the Way to Connecticut for Opioid Prevention and Treatment Services
9.23.18 CT Post — Bridgeport-Based Optimus Health Gets Awards
9.28.18 CT Mirror — Advisory Council Stunned to Learn About Parallel health Information Exchange Efforts
9.28.18 Hartford Courant — Yale New Haven Health to Acquire Milford Hospital
9.27.18 New Haven Independent — City Slammed on LEAD Experiment
9.26.18 CT Mirror — Bringing Legitimacy to a Workforce: The Road to Certification for Community Health Workers
9.25.18 CT By the Numbers — Suicide Numbers Increasing; Efforts Intensify to Respond, Prevent
9.27.18 The Hill — Trump Administration Defends Work Requirements
9.27.18 The Hill — HHS Chief Dismisses “Medicare for All” As Too Good to be True
9.27.18 Kaiser Health News — Buried in Congress’ Opioid Bill is Protection for Personal Drug Imports
9.27.18 NPR — VA Adding Opioid Antidote To Defibrillator Cabinets For Quicker Overdose Response
9.25.18 Kaiser Health News — 5 Things to Know About Trump’s New “Public Charge” Immigration Proposal
9.24.18 CT Viewpoints — Sometimes Diapers Are the Solution to Maternal Depression