This Week in CHCACTion!
January 22, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
While the ice storm this weekend created some beautiful, shimmery trees, it also brought many of those trees down and caused widespread power outages. New sources report that around 11,000 people lost power in Connecticut from Sunday to Monday, with hundreds of people still without power. Luckily for our FQHCs, most have made it through this winter storm without any troubles!
Though they may have avoided issues this time, our FQHCs are always prepared in case of power outages and severe weather. CHCACT works closely with all Connecticut FQHCs to help them develop and update their Emergency Operations Plans. Each FQHC has specific plans for power outages, utility failures, and winter weather. Several FQHCs have generators, allowing them to continue the majority of their operations in the face of power loss. Others have plans in place to use paper documentation, close, notify patients, and reopen when power is restored.
FQHCs also have multiple ways of letting their staff, patients, and volunteers know if they are open, closed, or will be having a delay. You can find information about your FQHCs status through Facebook, Twitter, their website, the local news, and/or by giving them a call. Many centers include messaging on their automated phone systems to let clients know if they will be closed.
Most importantly, all this planning is not done alone. CHCACT also works with regional Health Care Coalitions and emergency management planning groups. By coming together with FQHCs and other health care agencies to discuss emergency preparedness, we are able to share resources, brainstorm problems, and make sure everyone is prepared. You can join the effort and get prepared for whatever might come by creating your own Personal Preparedness Plan! Head to Ready.gov for plan templates, information on how to create an emergency kit, and help preparing your family before the next winter storm!
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!
1.21.19 Norwich Bulletin — Healthy Living – Women Should Be Screened Regularly for Cervical Cancer
1.18.19 Norwich Bulletin — Otis Library Donates Books for UCFS in Norwich, Griswold and Plainfield
1.18.19 Norwich Bulletin — Local Organizations, Leaders Step Up Amid Government Shutdown
1.17.19 Daily Journal — Blunt, Stabenow Introduce Bill Extending Community Health Center Funding
1.16.19 Register Citizen — Torrington Health, Wellness Center Addresses Opioid Epidemic, Treatment Program
1.16.19 Hartford Business Journal — CHC, Inc Debuts Individual Consulting Program in Meriden
1.21.19 NY Times — Trump Proposals Could Increase Health Costs for Consumers
1.17.19 CT NewsJunkie — Enrollment in Access Health Dips By Over 3,000
1.18.19 Fairfield County Business Journal — Urgent Care Centers Open With Greater Urgency
1.18.19 Kaiser Health News — Pain from the Government Shutdown Spreads. This Time, It’s Food Stamps.