Community Roundtable at UCFS!

On Wednesday, May 6, UCFS hosted a roundtable discussion with Michelle Greenhalgh and Ayanti Grant from the office of U.S. Representative Joe Courtney. Various community partners were also in attendance to discuss the challenges, and progress, in healthcare in eastern Connecticut. Watch the video below to hear highlights from the conversation!

Get Centered Features the Fair Haven Midwives!

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we are featuring The Department of Midwifery at Fair Haven Community Health Center. The midwives have helped countless women along their path to parenthood. Enjoy the video!

Ribbon Cutting at Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington!

On Tuesday, April 28, the Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington commemorated its recent expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new space. CHWC wanted to recognize and thank all of the staff, community leaders, and legislators for their hard work that helped make this project a reality. The facility is now 34,000 square feet with 20 exam rooms (up from 11). It adds 4 dental chairs, and 2 new behavior health offices, and also substantial office space. CHWC has over 7,000 patients and hopes to increase that number to 11,000 over the next 3 years. Watch the video below to hear what those most closely involved in the expansion had to say about it and what it means for the Torrington community.

Senator Chris Murphy and Southwest’s Kathy Yacavone on the Doc Fix Bill

Group shot!
On Monday April 27 Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and Southwest Community Health Center CEO Kathy Yacavone joined the St. Francis Hospital community in celebrating the approval of the ‘doc fix’ bill by Congress. The bill has many provisions. Most notably, it fixes the “sustainable growth formula” (SGR) which was the algorithm for setting doctors fees for Medicare services. These fees were tied to economic growth. In recent years the SGR would have resulted in pay decreases to doctors were it not for congress making a temporary fix each year to prevent the cuts. This bill has now permanently fixed the problem. It will maintain full reimbursement levels to doctors for their Medicare patients.

In addition, the bill extends funding to community health centers, and also the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP; HUSKY in CT) for 2 years. The bill also provides continued funding for National Health Service Corps and Teaching Health Centers, both of which are critical recruitment tools for federally-qualified health centers. This funding would have expired on September 30th had the bill not been passed. Watch the video below to see what Senator Murphy and Kathy Yacavone had to say about the passage of the ‘doc fix’ bill!

Certified Application Counselor End of Open Enrollment Discussions!

In February of 2015 the Community Health Center Association of CT hosted two events for Certified Application Counselors from community health centers around the state. CHCACT wanted to thank the CACs for their efforts over the course of Open Enrollment. In addition, CHCACT filmed group discussions in which CACs reflected on the recently closed Open Enrollment period. Watch the video above for highlights from the group discussions! Thank you to all of the CACs for their hard work, and to the Connecticut Health Foundation for funding this project.