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!
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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 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