This Week in CHCACTion!
May 28, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
Last Tuesday, I attended an “Access and Functional Needs Whole Community Planning Workshop” in Hartford. The workshop was hosted by the Capital Region Emergency Planning Council and included representatives from hospitals, local public health, EMS, long term care, emergency management, and social services, among others. CHCACT attended on behalf of the federally qualified health centers in the region!
During this workshop, participants learned about the access and functional needs of community members with disabilities and the things we would need to consider in our emergency planning for this population. We discussed effective communication strategies, available resources, transportation needs, and accessibility of resources and spaces. For example, I learned that the Show Me for Emergencies app and creating accessible websites can help facilitate communication with people with disabilities. I also discovered the “Disability Etiquette” manual, developed by the United Spinal Association, which provides tips for interacting with people with disabilities.
Most importantly, this workshop highlighted the importance of planning discussions and personal preparedness plans. While each agency that participated in the workshop has an extensive emergency operations plan, we all agreed that it is critical for our clients, friends, and neighbors to have their own plans as well. Here are some resources to help your and your family create your own emergency preparedness plans:
- Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery-Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices
- Planning for Individuals with Disabilities
- Planning for Older Adults
- Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area
Remember: it’s never too late to start creating your preparedness plan!
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This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|Big Lots Foundation
Big Lots invests in partnerships that improve and enrich the lives of families and children. Support is provided in the form of monetary gifts, gift cards, and merchandise in-kind.
|Drug Free Communities Support Program
Funded by SAMHSA, the purpose of the DFC Support Program is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent youth substance use.
|Hartford Foundation Civic Engagement Project: Get Out the Vote & Get Out the Count
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving seeks to both enhance local efforts to engage underrepresented voters through Get Out The Vote (GOTV) activities in 2019 and 2020 and increase Census 2020 awareness among hard to count residents in the Greater Hartford region through Get Out The Count (GOTC) outreach and other efforts. Nonprofits may apply for funding for either or both GOTV and GOTC activities.
|HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in support of the National Library of Medicine® (NLM) announces the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.
|Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program
HRSA’s THCGME supports the training of residents in new or expanded primary care residency training programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers. Programs will prepare residents to provide high quality care, particularly in rural and underserved communities, and develop competencies to serve these diverse populations and communities. Two award types are available: 1. Continuation awards at existing HRSA THCGME Programs; and 2. New awards will be made to support new resident full-time equivalent (FTE) positions at new Teaching Health Centers (THCs), as funding permits.
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!
5.22.19 New Haven Independent — YNHH Reshuffles St. Ray’s Campus (feat. CS-Hill, Fair Haven)
5.22.19 Norwich Bulletin — First Step in Road to Recovery of Mental Illness is Seeking Help (feat. UCFS)
5.24.19 CT NewsJunkie — Lamont Names New DSS Commissioner with Background in Medicaid
5.22.19 CT Mirror — House Passes Bill to Help LGBTQ Community
5.27.19 CT NewsJunkie — Op-Ed – Better Public Option Bill Looks to Bigger Picture
5.23.19 CT Mirror — Democrats Unveil Sweeping Overhaul of Public Option Bill
5.23.19 Hartford Business Journal — Health Insurers, Biz Lobby Ramp Up Fight Against Public Option
5.27.19 AP — Study Suggests e-Cigarette Flavorings May Pose Heart Risk
5.23.19 Fairfield County Business Journal — NY and CT in Coalition Suing HHS Over Religious Beliefs Exemption Rule
5.23.19 Kaiser Health News — Sen. Alexander Releases Bipartisan Plan to Lower Health Costs, Reduce Surprise Bills
Events & Educational Opportunities
Sustaining Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management Programs: A Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health WebinarJune 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
- June 20 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
- June 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm|Recurring Event (See all)Occurs the first and third Firday of every month
- June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- June 25 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm