This Week in CHCACTion!
October 22, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last Wednesday, 60 people from 16 CT health centers attended CHCACT’s full-day annual Uniform Data System (UDS) Training. Each year, all health centers in the country report on the same set of performance measures outlined by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the Uniform Data System. Measures include information on Patient Demographics, Financial Viability, Efficiency, and Quality of Care. (You can access all of CT’s UDS data here).
CHCACT partnered with JSI Research and Training Institute to provide the health centers with last week’s training on their 2017 UDS Data. Finance, clinical, quality, data analysis and other health center staff learned how to access their UDS reports, how to interpret the data, and how to use the data as a quality improvement tool. Health centers also were able to compare their performance with other health centers in the state and across the country.
During the training, participants had the opportunity to assess their organization’s capability to use and analyze data to improve patient outcomes. Participants then learned ways to improve their capability, including developing key roles and responsibilities for those who are responsible for collecting and analyzing the data, sharing the data with all health center staff, and building skills and knowledge around reporting and reviewing data.
In addition, health centers shared initiatives they are working on and discussed how data can be leveraged to achieve success in those initiatives. For example, health centers are using Community Health Workers to educate patients with chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes – towards improved health for them, as well as improved UDS measures. Participants also learned how to evaluate current initiatives they are working on to see what can be aligned and what needs to continue or be put on hold. Attendees learned the importance of using data throughout all activities at the health center rather than having too many initiatives and projects.
Thanks to OneDigital for sponsoring the lunch at the training!
For more information on UDS go to https://bphc.hrsa.gov/datareporting/reporting/index.html.
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!
10.21.18 The Day — Federal Money to Combat Addiction Funds Treatment, Programs, Jobs in First Year (feat. UCFS)
10.19.18 Norwich Bulletin — United Community & Family Services Awarded Grant
10.18.18 Hartford Courant — What’s Rising in Hartford? (feat. Charter Oak Health Center)
10.17.18 Hartford Business Journal — Wheeler Clinic Notches $4.3 Million in Grants
10.20.18 CT By the Numbers — Perspective – Clearing a Path to Better Health
10.17.18 WNPR — Hartford’s Opioid Tracking Program Finds Trends in Overdoses
10.16.18 CT By the Numbers — Income Inequality Increasing Faster in CT Than in US
10.16.18 CT Viewpoints — Raise the Age Limit to Purchase Tobacco and eCigarettes
10.19.18 Fairfield County Business Journal — Access Health CT Underscoring Insurance Plan Changes Through Mail Campaign
10.19.18 Kaiser Health News — As Billions in Dollars Flow to Private Medicaid Plans, Who’s Minding the Store?
10.17.18 CT Viewpoints — Medicaid is Essential to CT and the Rest of America