This Week in CHCACTion!
December 3, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last week, CHCACT, Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center and other organizations co-hosted a statewide event to improve the collaboration and coordination among statewide networks around people experiencing homelessness. The CT Collaboration for Homeless Healthcare took place on 11/28/2018 at the Chabad at Yale University with over 100 medical providers, community outreach workers and representatives from agencies across the state in attendance.
The event featured Amy Grassette, a consumer advocate who was homeless with her family after 9/11, who shared her experience with the community and services during her time of homelessness. The event also included people that are experiencing or have experienced homelessness on each panel, allowing participants to learn directly from those who use services and resources in an effort to improve coordination and share best practices. The consumers also had an opportunity to meet with Amy and learn about importance of consumer advocacy and the resources available to assist them in developing a voice in CT.
The event featured panel discussions on Street Medicine, Harm Reduction and Substance Abuse, Behavioral Health, Emergency Room collaborations, and Women, Youth and Shared Resources. Interactive discussions included valuable information on services and resources, but most importantly, centered on efforts to better coordinate services to support persons experiencing homelessness.
Connecticut’s health centers care for over 12,000 persons experiencing homelessness and understand that health care starts with stable housing. We are proud to collaborate with all service providers and unite our efforts to improve health and overall wellbeing for all those in need. Contact me for more information!
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Integrating Community-Based Organizations with Health Care Providers
The Connecticut Health Foundation seeks to support integration between clinical care providers and community-based organizations in up to two Connecticut communities. The Connecticut Health Foundation will provide seed funding and technical assistance to collaboratives of at least three community-based organizations in each of the communities.
|Integrated Behavioral Health Services Supplemental Funding
HRSA’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) funding opportunity is a non-competitive supplement for organizations currently receiving Health Center Program operational grant (H80) funding. IBHS funding will help health centers increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health services, including the prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder.
|Access Health CT Navigator Program
Access Health CT seeks to partner with four (4) organizations that are viewed as a trusted, local community voice with a presence in communities across Connecticut. Activities will include community outreach, enrollment, speaking engagements, and marketing, among others.
|Peer to Peer HIV Interventions
The State of CT Department of Public Health announces funding to support HIV/AIDS related research projects, education and/or community services that focus on persons and populations either living with, or at risk for acquiring HIV/AIDS.
|HRSA Oral Health Infrastructure
|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.
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!
11.29.18 New Haven Register — State Wants Details of Yale Clinic Deal
11.29.18 Register Citizen — Torrington Center Offer PrEP Information On World AIDS Day (feat. Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington)
11.27.18 Hartford Courant — Wheeler Clinic Gets $2.7 Million in Grants to Battle Substance Use in Hartford
12.3.18 CT NewsJunkie — Op-Ed – Clinic Plan Could Hit State Budget, Raise Patient Costs, Increase Barriers to Access
11.29.18 New Haven Register — Yale to Offer Emergency Contraception Via Vending Machine
11.29.18 CT NewsJunkie — Op-Ed – Concerns over Teen Vaping on the Rise
11.28.18 Hartford Business Journal — UConn Health to Give Up Facility Fees for Skin Cancer Treatment
11.27.18 Hartford Courant — New Britain’s Reason for New Approach to Drug Addiction: “We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out of This”
11.30.18 Governing — Trump Administration Gives States New Ways to Rewrite Obamacare
11.30.18 Hawaii News Now — In “Game Changer,” Hawaii Given Approval to Use Medicaid Dollars to Help Chronically Homeless
11.29.18 Kaiser Health News — Number of Uninsured Kids Rose for First Time This Decade