This Week in CHCACTion!
December 10, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last week, CHCACT participated in a Primary Care Association (PCA) Site Visit with the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). This process is comparable to the Health Center Operational Site Visits, but in many ways very different.
PCAs like CHCACT, are state or regional nonprofit organizations that provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to health centers and other safety-net providers. This T/TA is based on statewide needs to help health centers improve programmatic, clinical, and financial performance and operations.
PCA Site Visits are intended to review and assess PCA activities, as outlined in their work plans and the funding guidance, share key PCA accomplishments, strengthen the relationship between HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care and PCAs, and identify promising practices in supporting the T/TA needs of health centers. To learn more about this process, check out the PCA Site Visit Guide.
Did you know?: CHCACT’s PCA work plan goals are directly based on health center progress in the following areas: 1) Access to Care, 2) Operational Excellence, and 3) Health Outcomes and Health Equity. HRSA measures CHCACT’s progress to goal by looking at CT health center UDS data, which you can see here.
CHCACT and our reviewer had some great conversations about current activities, both at CHCACT and the health centers. We have some exciting ideas for the future and are looking forward to getting started in the New Year.
If you have any questions, get in touch!
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|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.
|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!
12.8.18 The Hour — Hospitals Reduce ER Visits With Proactive Community Support (feat. Norwalk Community Health Center)
12.5.18 CT Post — Rescue Mission Eyes Defunct Nursing Home as New Center (feat. Optimus)
12.5.18 Kaiser Health News — Without Obamacare Penalty, Think It’ll Be Nice to Drop Your Plan? Think Twice
12.10.18 NY Times — Hospital-Acquired Infections are Declining
12.9.18 NPR — For One Rural Community, Fighting Addiction Started With Recruiting the Right Doctor
12.6.18 AP — Report – US Health Spending Hits $3.5 Trillion, But Growth Slows
12.6.18 WNPR — School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction
12.4.18 Governing — Trump’s New Immigration Rule Could Threaten Health Care for 6.8 Million Children Who Are US Citizens