This Week in CHCACTion!
January 14, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
On December 18th and 19th, and January 8th and 9th, CHCACT partnered with the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) to host four (4) full-day events to support health centers’ work around improving quality within their organizations. Fifteen health centers sent teams ranging in size from 3-10 members and representing a variety of roles, such as front desk, call center, medical clinician, behavioral health clinician, medical assistant, nurse, referral coordination, and Quality Improvement (QI) lead.
The CHCACT QI Advisors worked with each health center to identify project opportunities that would help to engage staff in quality improvement, particularly those who don’t typically focus on QI as part of their role within the health center.
The staff participation demonstrated the health centers’ commitment to improving quality and providing opportunities for staff to develop their personal skills sets.
Teams left with a well-defined plan around a specific area of improvement. Projects included: improving an external referral process, improving the collection of external medical records, standardization of clinical workflows, improvement on internal communication, increasing patient feedback into improvements, and revenue cycle improvements, just to name a few!
The health center teams were excited to have dedicated time to focus on their projects and develop a well-thought-out plan with support and guidance from NRHI and CHCACT.
CHCACT is looking forward to the follow-up events – including remote coaching calls and a videoconference presentation of the results of the teams’ Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA). If you would like additional information about this project, get in touch!
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 email@example.com. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
1.8.19 New Haven Independent — Primary Care Uber Update – Smartphone Not Required
1.10.19 CT Mirror — State Sued Over Failure to Provide Adequate Medicaid Transportation
1.9.19 Register Citizen — Torrington Hospital’s Walk-in Clinic Closing; GoHealth Urgent Care Opens Monday
1.8.19 CT Mirror — Unpredictable Events and Outside Trends Shaped Malloy’s Health Care Policy
1.11.19 CT NewsJunkie — Access Health CT Still Accepting Applications
1.11.19 Politico — Trump Wants to Bypass Congress on Medicaid Plan
1.10.19 Governing — Medicaid “Buy In” Could Be New Option for the Uninsured
1.10.19 CT NewsJunkie — Blumenthal Backs Bills to Lower Drug Prices
1.10.19 Kaiser Health News — Meth’s Resurgence Spotlights Lack of Meds to Combat Addiction
1.9.19 CT Mirror — USDA Finds Fix to Temporarily Extend Food Stamp, WIC Programs Despite Shutdown