This Week in CHCACTion!
May 13, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last Friday, I attended the annual conference of the CT Association of School-Based Health Centers (CASBHC).
CASBHC is an advocacy and networking organization committed to increasing access to quality health care for all children and adolescents in Connecticut schools. I sit on the CASBHC Board of Directors, to help represent the many federally-qualified health centers in Connecticut that host school-based health centers.
This year’s conference, “Creating the Path to a Positive Future,” had almost 200 participants, from a variety of local agencies across the state, including several health centers.
The keynote address was given by Dr. Jess P. Shatkin, who spoke on why adolescents, teens, and young adults take risks – hint: it’s not for the reasons you think! Learning why teens take risks can help public health professionals better address risk-taking behavior.
A variety of breakout sessions featured topics such as vaping; connections between community clinicians and school-based health centers; story-telling for public health advocacy; primary care approach to managing anxiety and mood disorder; and more.
CASBHC also gave out awards to two school-based health center professionals: Earlene Peckham, an APRN affiliated with Yale-New Haven Hospital; and Karen White, an APRN affiliated with CT Institute for Communities, who works at the school-based health centers at Danbury High School and Newtown Middle School. A special award was given to long-time (and now retired) CASBHC Executive Director Jesse White-Frese.
The CASBHC Conference is always a great opportunity to network with and learn from colleagues across the state, who are all committed to providing primary care to children and teens at schools, where it is most convenient for them to receive it.
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|Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals
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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!
5.11.19 Fairfield County Business Journal — Fairfield University Turns On Telehealth in Nursing School Lecture
5.7.19 CT Viewpoints — Connecticut Can Assure a Better Future for All Children
5.10.19 CT Viewpoints — High-Deductible Health Plans Bad for Patients, Doctors
5.9.19 CT Health I-Team — Stakeholders Square Off Over Proposed Public Option For Health Coverage
5.7.19 CT Mirror — Auditors: Access Health CT Handed Out Hefty Severance Payments
5.10.19 Health Affairs Blog — Integrating Community Health Workers Into Health Care Teams Without Co-opting Them
5.7.19 NY Times — Huge Racial Disparities Found in Deaths Linked to Pregnancy