This Week in CHCACTion!
March 25, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
CHCACT has been running its Chronic Pain and Addictions Project ECHO since August of 2018. Six of Connecticut’s FQHCs are currently participating. Project ECHO utilizes a Hub and Spoke learning model developed by the University of New Mexico. Subject matter experts at the hub help primary care providers, the spokes, manage difficult disease processes within their primary care practices. CHCACT’s subject matter experts come from UConn as well as the health centers. To provide support to CT health centers, CHCACT’s Project ECHO centers on chronic pain and addictions, which aids clinicians in the treatment of patients who are experiencing complex pain and substance use disorders. In addition to the health centers, UCONN pharmacy students and residents participate along with clinicians from private practices to offer additional perspectives and experiences.
CHCACT holds its sessions on the first and third Friday of every month for 1.5 hours. Each session consists of a didactic presentation by the UConn and health center subject matter experts followed by a deidentified case study presentation by a “spoke” participant. Some past topics covered in the didactic portion of the sessions include alternative pain management options, addiction within a chronic pain diagnosis, office-based screening tools, and depression and anxiety. Spokes bring forward cases to discuss medication regimens, alternative pain treatment options, how to deal with transient patients, and how to reduce medication overuse.
Project ECHO uses the ZOOM video conference platform to connect everyone in real time in the most efficient way to create an interactive environment where participants can share their questions, experiences, and best practices. We are looking forward to some upcoming didactic topics around biological fluid testing and emerging treatments. If you are interested in joining CHCACT’s Project ECHO, please contact me!
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Connecticut Health Foundation Q1 2020
Quarterly applications for unsolicited Program Grant proposals during 2020.
|Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention (PCHP)
Existing health centers will use fiscal year (FY) 2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention (PCHP) supplemental funding to expand HIV prevention services that decrease the risk of HIV transmission in geographic locations identified by Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, focusing on supporting access to and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
|340B Drug Pricing Program
The 340B Drug Pricing Program is a federal program that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible healthcare centers, clinics, and hospitals at a reduced price. The program offers a way for eligible safety-net organizations to ensure access to medications.
|Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Residency Training in Primary Care (PCTE-RTPC) Program
The purpose of this program is to enhance accredited residency training programs in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds) in rural and/or underserved areas, and encourage program graduates to choose primary care careers in these areas.
Recorded technical assistance webinar: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/pcte_residency_training/
|2020 Integrated Networks to Deliver and Sustain Evidence-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs
Through this funding opportunity, the Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), plans to award 2-3 cooperative agreements to domestic public or private non-profit entities. The intent of these awards is to strengthen integrated networks that address the behavioral and social determinants of health of older adults and adults with disabilities, and increase the number of these individuals who participate in evidence-based chronic disease self-management education and self-management support programs.
|Implementation Research in HRSA Ryan White Sites: Screening and Treatment for Mental and Substance Use Disorders to Further the National Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Goals (R34 Clinical Trial Optional)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to enhance screening and treatment for mental and substance use disorders in HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funded sites through implementation research, to advance the goals of the National “End the Epidemic” (EHE) initiative.
|Connecticut Health Foundation Q2 2020
Quarterly applications for unsolicited Program Grant proposals during 2020. Inquiry calls due by 1/15,2020, concept papers due 2/1/2020.
|Effectiveness of Implementing Sustainable Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices in Low-Resource Settings to Achieve Mental Health Equity for Traditionally Underserved Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports pilot work for subsequent studies testing the effectiveness of strategies to deliver evidence-based mental health services, treatment interventions, and/or preventive interventions (EBPs) in low-resource mental health specialty and non-specialty settings within the United States.
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!
3.22.19 New Haven Independent — Primary Care Move Delayed to 2020 (feat. CS-Hill, Fair Haven)
3.21.19 Meriden Record-Journal — State Panel Considering Screenings to Address Youth Suicide (feat. Wheeler Clinic)
3.19.19 The Hour — Federal Funds at Stake, Participation in 2020 Census Urged (feat. Norwalk Community Health Center)
3.24.19 CT By the Numbers — Food Insecurity and Obesity Remain Unsettled Challenges for Many in CT
3.23.19 WNPR — Connecticut Doctors Push Back Against Medical Cannabis for Opioid Use Disorders
3.22.19 CT Mirror — Network Proposed to Help LGBTQ Community
3.21.19 CT Mirror — For the Second Time, Health Program for Seniors in the Budget Bull’s Eye
3.20.19 CT NewsJunkie — Committee Takes First Step Toward Public Option
3.19.19 CT Viewpoints — An Insurance Proposal to Smile About
3.22.19 Governing — Are State Policies Preventing Stroke Victims from Getting the Care They Need?
3.21.19 Kaiser Health News — FDA Chief Calls for Stricter Scrutiny of Electronic Health Records
3.20.19 New Haven Independent — DeLauro Wades into Healthcare Debate