This Week in CHCACTion!
October 9, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Yesterday, I was proud to present with my colleagues, Kelly Halkyard and Russ Dexter, at the Planetree International Patient-Centered Care Conference in Boston. This conference brought together 1,000+ attendees, including patient advocates, health care providers, hospital systems, payors and policy experts – as well as exciting speakers on leadership, innovation and customer support – to discuss person-centered care.
CHCACT was asked to present because our Practice Transformation Network (PTN) has worked with CT’s health centers to enhance the focus on the quality of care provided, as well as the value delivered – and of course, improved health outcomes! Our presentation, titled “From Underserved to Better Served,” detailed the ways in which our team has encouraged health centers to utilize their data to drive change. For example, armed with specific diabetes-related data about their patients, providers at one health center were able to identify ways in which they could modify their care delivery – resulting in dramatic improvements in their patients’ HbA1C, LDL and blood pressure control in only a few months’ time.
Our presentation also included an overview of the network’s performance and content about the important role of the medical neighborhood. We were proud to share stories from our health centers on an international stage, giving them the recognition that they so richly deserve! You can view our presentation here.
These efforts were possible because of the true partnership our Practice Transformation Network team has with the health centers around the state. Health center clinical and operations staff have welcomed the opportunity to learn from national experts about how to change the health center workflow, to improve patient experience and health outcomes. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership into the future, towards better health for all.
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|HRSA Oral Health Infrastructure
The Oral Health Infrastructure supplemental funding will support one-time infrastructure enhancements that enhance new or existing high quality, integrated oral health services in health centers.
|Connecticut Healthy Communities Project
The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health is seeking proposals to implement community-wide health promotion activities for the Connecticut Healthy Communities Project (CT HCP). Selected applicants will facilitate implementation of food service guidelines (FSGs) in community settings and worksites to increase the availability of healthier foods and coordinate with DPH to promote breastfeeding.
|Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative)
The YES Initiative seeks to support projects that address the HHS priority to expand youth participation in sports and encourage regular physical activity, especially for youth populations with lower rates of sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas.
|Centering Healthcare Institute Implementation Awards
The Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) looks to expand access to the Centering model of group healthcare in communities where group care can have the greatest impact. With this expansion, CHI has developed a program offering implementation support and facilitation training to 130 eligible sites – primarily in FQHCs and community health centers – eliminating the financial barrier to those in resource-limited communities. CenteringParenting is the focus of this initiative.
Please note that this is not a monetary award, but the granting of in-kind services.
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!
10.2.18 WFSB — Lamont, Griebel Lay Out Ideas for Health Care (feat. CHS)
10.3.18 Kaiser Health News — High Deductible Health Plans Fall From Grace in Employer-Based Coverage
10.2.18 CT Health I-Team — Consumers Feel Sticker Shock as Out of Pocket Health Care Costs Rise
10.5.18 Vox — Millions of Americans Take Vitamin D. Most Should Stop.
10.5.18 NY Times — HPV Vaccine Expanded for People Aged 27-45
10.2.18 NY Times — If Only Everyone Had a Postpartum Doula