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.
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|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.
|Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative)
The YES Initiative seeks to support projects that address the HHS priority to expand youth participation in sports and encourage regular physical activity, especially for youth populations with lower rates of sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas.
|Centering Healthcare Institute Implementation Awards
The Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) looks to expand access to the Centering model of group healthcare in communities where group care can have the greatest impact. With this expansion, CHI has developed a program offering implementation support and facilitation training to 130 eligible sites – primarily in FQHCs and community health centers – eliminating the financial barrier to those in resource-limited communities. CenteringParenting is the focus of this initiative.
Please note that this is not a monetary award, but the granting of in-kind services.
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
Events & Educational Opportunities
- May 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- May 30 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
- May 31 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
- May 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm