This Week in CHCACTion!
May 20, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last Monday, CHCACT hosted a Mental Health First Aid Training for Community Health Workers and other staff at federally qualified health centers throughout the state.
Fifteen participants, representing 7 health centers, participated in the training, which was conducted by Health360.
The main goal of the training was to teach participants the risk factors and warning signs for mental health concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to find local mental health resources.
During the training, participants learned about multiple mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Participants learned about the symptoms of each illness, the risk factors, and the prevalence of the illness in the United States.
After, participants learned how to help patients with a mental illness and gain more confidence in talking with someone who is going through a mental health crisis.
In addition, participants practiced developing Mental Health First Aid Action Plans, or ALGEE. The steps are to:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen nonjudgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Participants also learned how to do Suicide Risk Assessments and practiced asking the questions out loud to the group. The group also practiced what they would say to a patient who was experiencing suicidal thoughts. Participants also learned about the risk factors for suicide and where to get additional resources. The training also provided information on alcohol and substance use disorders and what steps to take to help a person experiencing these disorders.
Feedback from the training has been positive!
Have a great week! Feel free to reach out with any questions.
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|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.
|HRSA-20-013 Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
The purpose of the AMF Program is to expand the number of fellows at accredited AMF and Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship (APF) programs trained as addiction medicine specialists who work in underserved, community-based settings that integrate primary care with mental health disorder and substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment services.
The Addiction Medicine Program encompasses both psychiatry and an addiction subspecialty for primary care doctors.
|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 email@example.com. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
5.14.19 New Haven Independent — From Community Health Center Patient to CEO (feat. Cornell Scott-Hill)
5.14.19 AP — Maryland Gov Signs First-in-Nation Measure to Help Uninsured
5.17.19 Vox — Colorectal Cancer is Killing More 20-to-30 Year Olds
5.17.19 Stateline/Pew Trusts — States Work to Factor Health Into Broader Policymaking
5.15.19 Stateline/Pew Trusts — Black Women More Likely to Die of Breast Cancer – Especially in the South
Events & Educational Opportunities
- January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
- February 19
- February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm