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.
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Connecticut Health & Education Facilities Authority Nonprofit Grant Program
The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA or Authority) provides access to tax-exempt financing and other financial assistance to educational institutions, healthcare providers, childcare providers and other eligible not-for-profit entities.
The Authority is accepting proposals in the areas of child care, cultural, education and health care for:
|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!
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