This Week in CHCACTion!
June 10, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
We have recently concluded the 2019 session of the CT General Assembly. Thanks to all of the advocates who testified on bills, met with legislators, wrote emails, made phone calls, and solicited support for health centers!
A couple of highlights from this legislative session:
- The state budget was passed on time and provides continued support for HUSKY, mental health initiatives, and school-based health centers. HUSKY income limits for parents will increase, from 155% to 160% of federal poverty level - allowing an estimated 4,000 additional parents access to this important program.
- Mobile dental vans will be able to travel thirty miles from the dental site - and 50 miles in rural parts of the state - to expand access to oral health care.
- The state will create a certification program for Community Health Workers.
- Minors will have access to PrEP, providing them with options for the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
- And, importantly, CHCACT worked with legislators to create and have the first meeting of the Community Health Center Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators who will help raise awareness of and support for health centers. Thanks to Senators Saud Anwar and George Logan, and Representatives Jay Case and Chris Rosario for co-chairing!
As always, a few items did not make it through the legislature, including definite, sustained payments for eConsults, and efforts to enhance physician recruitment.
CHCACT will continue to work on these initiatives in the off-session, and bring them back next year!
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
6.4.19 New Haven Independent — Primary Care Hub Wins Key City Sign-Off (feat. Cornell Scott-Hill, Fair Haven)
6.4.19 Journal Inquirer — Health Care Execs Talk Community Health Needs (feat. Wheeler Clinic)
6.6.19 CT by the Numbers — Task Force to Review Mental Health Services for College Students Approved by Legislature
6.4.19 CT Latino News — What Does the Surge of Measles Mean to CT’s Hispanic/Latino Population?
6.6.19 CT NewsJunkie — Lamont Promises to Continue Work on Health Reform
6.5.19 NPR — Opinion – How Doctors Can Stop Stigmatizing – And Start Helping – Kids With Obesity
6.5.19 USA Today — CVS Turning 1,500 Stores into HealthHUB Locations, With Less Retail, More Health Care
6.4.19 NPR — How A Fight Over Beef Jerky Reveals Tensions Over SNAP In The Trump Era
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