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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|Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals
The BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals develops and expands community-based experiential training to increase the supply of students preparing to become peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce.
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!
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