This Week in CHCACTion!
December 27, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
The end of any year is a perfect time for both reflection and resolution.
This month marks the conclusion of my first year as CHCACT’s CEO. Although I came into this role with over three decades of experience in Connecticut’s health care environment – as a pharmacist, at a number of roles in a hospital, running an insurance company, and serving on a local Board of Health – I still had a learning curve related to the specifics of federally-qualified health centers. Health centers have a very specific set of program requirements set by the federal government, related to how they operate – including the composition of their Boards, how they set their sliding fee scales, and how they determine which services to provide and where. Additionally, they continue to adapt, change and grow in response to community needs and a changing health care landscape across Connecticut and the nation. At their core, they are community-based and dedicated to the patients they serve.
Similarly, CHCACT must respond to the needs of our health centers. Over the past year, our team has engaged in Strategic Planning to determine how CHCACT can maximize its effectiveness, both in interacting with health centers, as well as in Connecticut’s health policy discussions. We will continue to have these conversations over the coming months, in anticipation of unveiling some exciting new services to our health centers next year. The goal is to help health centers provide the highest quality care to all in need – to improve the health and wellness of all.
It’s been a pleasure to get to know each of Connecticut’s health centers, their Boards, leadership and staff! I continue to be impressed by our health centers’ commitment to their 400,000 patients and their communities. I look forward to working with them, and with our many partners, in 2019.
This Week in Social Media
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!
12.21.18 Norwich Bulletin — Take Care of Your Mental Health During the Holidays (feat. UCFS)
12.21.18 WTNH — What You Need to Know About the Open Enrollment Extension (feat. CHCACT)
12.26.18 Hartford Business Journal — Malloy Touts Health Care Successes
12.21.18 Fairfield County Business Journal — CT DPH Aims to Cut HIV to Zero
12.21.18 Hartford Courant — Lamont Transition Advisors Unveil Agenda During Series of Meetings
12.21.18 CT Mirror — CT Faces Long Crawl Out of Wealth Extremes, Crushing Debt
12.21.18 CT Health Policy Project Blog — New Data Mapping Tool Gives Changes in Uninsured Rates by CT Town
12.21.18 CT Health Policy Project Blog — PCMH+ Year One Performance and Savings Results
12.21.18 CT Mirror — Jepsen Sues Purdue, Saying It Reaped Profits By Fueling Opioid Addiction
12.21.18 Kaiser Health News — Short-Term Health Plans Hold Savings for Consumers, Profits for Brokers & Insurers
12.21.18 Kaiser Health News — Hep C and Drug Abuse Often Go Hand in Hand, But Screening For Infection Lags
12.21.18 NY Times — Long-Acting Contraceptives Gaining Acceptance Among US Women
12.21.18 NY Times — Set It & Forget It – How Better Contraception Could Be a Key to Reducing Poverty