This Week in CHCACTion!
May 6, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of facilitating a half-day meeting at Optimus Health Care to identify the root causes for patients having uncontrolled diabetes.
Twenty-two Optimus employees attended, including executive leadership, nurses, clinicians, community health workers, and quality improvement staff.
We know that addressing social determinants of health like transportation, literacy, and access to medication can improve patients’ health; health center workflow and other processes can also be critical to helping patients get and keep their diabetes under control.
Multidisciplinary teams worked together to identify how Optimus can help support patients in controlling diabetes. Some of the processes identified were enhancing the patient experience during a visit and supporting the clinical teams in their documentation of diabetes care.
The goal of the training was to ensure that Optimus is collaborating at all levels of the organization and is prepared for its upcoming HRSA site visit, by identifying what may be needed by the patients to better manage their disease. The staff in attendance had the opportunity to share their opinions about which issues to prioritize to improve diabetes control – and to advocate for Optimus to make both small and big scale changes to enhance their health care processes and outcomes.
These trainings also help health center staff remain engaged and motivated to be part of a team providing the best possible health care in the country! CHCACT is pleased to provide these trainings to our health centers.
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This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Improving Care and Treatment Coordination: Focusing on Black Women with HIV – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider HRSA-20-115
Funding will be provided in the form of a cooperative agreement to support a single organization to lead a multi-site evaluation and provide technical assistance (TA) to a cohort of up to seven demonstration sites funded under a separate announcement number, HRSA-20-116: Improving Care and Treatment Coordination: Focusing on Black Women with HIV – Demonstration Sites.
|Building Capacity to Implement Rapid Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Start for Improved Care Engagement in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider HRSA-20-113
|Telehealth Network Grant Program HRSA-20-036
The funding opportunity is aimed towards promoting rural Tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and Tele-Emergency Medical Services (Tele-EMS).
|Rural Telementoring Training Center HRSA-20-108
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Telementoring Training Center (RTTC) Program. The purpose of this program is to train academic medical centers and other centers of excellence (COEs) to create or expand technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models (such as Project ECHO, ECHO-like models, and other emerging models in the field).
|Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Program HRSA-20-023
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center (TF RHRC) Program. This NOFO will fund two Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Centers, one evaluation-focused and one evidence-focused.
|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!
5.2.19 New Haven Register — Event Will Celebrate Soccer for Children in New Haven (feat. Fair Haven Community Health Care)
5.1.19 FOX-CT — What Are E-Consults? (feat. CHCACT)
5.1.19 WNPR — Community Health Centers Advocate For More Support For Telemedicine (feat. CHCACT, Fair Haven Community Health Care)
5.1.19 Register Citizen — Torrington Consignment Shop Joins Health Center’s Clothing Voucher Program (feat. CHWC-Greater Torrington)
5.1.19 CT Mirror — Lawmakers Make Push to Wrest Control of State Bonding from Governor
5.3.19 CNN — HIV Treatment Eliminates Risk of Passing on Virus, Landmark Study Says
5.3.19 Kaiser Health News — For Those With Developmental Disabilities, Dental Needs Are Great, Good Care Elusive
5.1.19 CT by the Numbers — Food-Related Ads Targeting Black and Hispanic Youth Almost Exclusively Promote Unhealthy Food and Drinks
5.1.19 Governing — Uncertainty Clouds States’ Plans to Import Prescription Drugs From Canada