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
|Big Lots Foundation
Big Lots invests in partnerships that improve and enrich the lives of families and children. Support is provided in the form of monetary gifts, gift cards, and merchandise in-kind.
|Drug Free Communities Support Program
Funded by SAMHSA, the purpose of the DFC Support Program is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent youth substance use.
|Hartford Foundation Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote & Get Out the Count
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving seeks to both enhance local efforts to engage underrepresented voters through Get Out The Vote (GOTV) activities in 2019 and 2020 and increase Census 2020 awareness among hard to count residents in the Greater Hartford region through Get Out The Count (GOTC) outreach and other efforts. Nonprofits may apply for funding for either or both GOTV and GOTC activities.
|HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in support of the National Library of Medicine® (NLM) announces the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.
|Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program
HRSA’s THCGME supports the training of residents in new or expanded primary care residency training programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers. Programs will prepare residents to provide high quality care, particularly in rural and underserved communities, and develop competencies to serve these diverse populations and communities. Two award types are available: 1. Continuation awards at existing HRSA THCGME Programs; and 2. New awards will be made to support new resident full-time equivalent (FTE) positions at new Teaching Health Centers (THCs), as funding permits.
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