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
|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!
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.