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!
Reach out with any questions!
This Week in Social Media
This Week in Funding Opportunities
|State and Regional Primary Care Association (PCA) Cooperative Agreements
HRSA seeks to fund up to 52 organizations to provide T/TA to support health centers to provide comprehensive, high quality primary health care and improve the health of individuals and communities, through the following goals: • Increase access to comprehensive primary care; • Accelerate value-based care delivery; • Foster a workforce to address current and emerging needs; • Enhance emergency preparedness and response; and • Advance clinical quality and performance.
|Connecticut Health Foundation Q1 2020
Quarterly applications for unsolicited Program Grant proposals during 2020.
|Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention (PCHP)
Existing health centers will use fiscal year (FY) 2020 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention (PCHP) supplemental funding to expand HIV prevention services that decrease the risk of HIV transmission in geographic locations identified by Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, focusing on supporting access to and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
|340B Drug Pricing Program
The 340B Drug Pricing Program is a federal program that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible healthcare centers, clinics, and hospitals at a reduced price. The program offers a way for eligible safety-net organizations to ensure access to medications.
|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.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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