This Week in CHCACTion!
April 1, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
We have just returned from Washington, DC, where CHCACT staff and representatives from 12 health centers participated in NACHC’s Policy & Issues Forum and visited with members of CT’s Congressional delegation.
Our CT team included health center leadership, health center board members/patients, and students from the Urban Service Track program at UConn and Quinnipiac. Together, we met with elected officials and staff, sharing the value of health centers, as well as some federal policy priorities for the next several months.
Chief among them – the renewal of the Community Health Center Fund, established by the Affordable Care Act. The Fund provides about 60% of health centers’ federal funding, and is set to expire on September 30th unless Congress acts to extend it once more. Level annual appropriations are also needed. Combined, these federal revenue sources are critical to health centers’ ability to continue to serve all who come through their doors – regardless of age, income, immigration status, pre-existing condition, language, or ability to pay.
CHCACT also thanked our Congressional delegation for their ongoing support of the health center mission. We will work together to protect Medicaid, which serves over 62% of CT health center patients. And we asked for their support for workforce recruitment tools, like National Health Service Corps. You can help us advocate with our Congressional delegation by clicking here!
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.
|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!
3.28.19 Hartford Courant — Recovery Group for Teens, Families (feat. Wheeler Clinic)
3.27.19 Hartford Business Journal — Report: Hartford Area Ranks Fourth in Physician Wage Gap
3.27.19 WNPR — Outgoing Public Health Commissioner Talks Health Costs, Disparities And The State’s Future
3.27.19 Kaiser Health News — Federal Judge Again Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements
3.28.19 Governing — Poorest Expected to Lose Food Stamps First Under New Rule
3.28.19 Governing — Trump More than Doubled Funding for the Opioid Crisis. How is it Being Spent?
3.27.19 CT Health I-Team — Cancer Death Rates Decline, But Income is a Factor in Survival
3.27.19 NY Times — Mammogram Centers Must Tell Women if They Have Dense Breasts, FDA Proposes
Events & Educational Opportunities
- April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
- April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- April 24 - April 25
- April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm