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
|Breastfeeding Support Model for Community Health Centers
National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for community health centers. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to pilot a breastfeeding support model for CHCs and a technical assistance project to help CHCs explore and adopt policy, system and environmental solutions to increase their capacity to provide consistent and coordinated breastfeeding promotion and support services to the families they serve.
|School-Based Health Center RFP
The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health is seeking proposals to provide coordinated, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, School Based Health Center (SBHC) services that may include: outreach, primary care, mental/behavioral health, dental health care and health promotion/education at one school in East Hartford, and one school anywhere in Connecticut. Services are expected to begin on or before March 1, 2019.
|Community Foundation of Eastern CT
The Community Foundation of Eastern CT has a variety of grants for health and social service projects that impact youth and adults in Eastern CT.
|American Savings Foundation Community Grants
The American Savings Foundation will fund direct service grants for education, human services, and arts and culture in its 64-town service area.
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!
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