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
|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!
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