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October 4, 2017

CT Health Foundation awards $650K in grants

The Connecticut Health Foundation has awarded grants totaling $650,000 this quarter to 11 organizations largely focused on health equity causes.

Recipients include Hartford-based Center for Children’s Advocacy, which is getting $65,000 to develop an in-school model for identifying the mental and physical health needs of the increasing number of immigrant children arriving in Connecticut and helping them get care.

Plans call for the model, developed in one public school system, to be used by other schools. The grant will also enable the center to develop systemic reforms and processes to ensure that homeless youth can access mental and physical health care.

Other grants:

- Community Catalyst, Boston, $60,000, to provide technical assistance to Connecticut community-based organizations to help them develop the tools they need to advance policies and practices that promote health equity.

- Connecticut Voices for Children, New Haven,. $100,000, to monitor and promote health insurance coverage and provide research on Connecticut’s most vulnerable families.

- State of Connecticut Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Hartford, $80,000, to help the office to hire a consultant to assist in developing an organizational plan and roadmap for the new Office of Health Strategy.

- State of Connecticut Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Hartford, $120,000, to work toward a statewide health information exchange, which is intended to improve the collection, analysis, and reporting of healthcare data. This grant will support a pilot project focused on how to effectively collect data that is significant to addressing health equity issues. Collecting data on race, ethnicity, and language preference of patients is critical to holding the health care system accountable for outcomes.

- Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut, New London, $50,000, to support the Reaching, Engaging, Amplifying and Partnering project, which unites local constituents and consumers to advocate for health equity. Project leaders plan a campaign to revise the state’s definition of “community benefit” to focus on health equity and better target hospital resources to address health disparities.

- Hispanic Health Council, Hartford, $50,000, to support the Hispanic Health Council’s Community Health Insurance Reform for the People (CHIRP) initiative, which educates consumers and fosters advocacy to ensure that health reform benefits people of color, particularly on issues related to health insurance coverage and the expansion of community health worker services.

- Khmer Health Advocates, West Hartford, $50,000, to support Khmer Health Advocates’ work to ensure that all minority groups in Connecticut are identified in health data and that members of the public have access to this data to improve the health of their communities.

President’s discretionary grants:

- Branford Walsh School Based Health Center, Branford, $25,000, to support the school-based health center at Branford’s Walsh Intermediate School to open 45 minutes before school and serve as an urgent care center for students. Making care available on an urgent-care basis before school is expected to prevent extended absenteeism, unattended medical issues, emergency room visits and missed school time and is part of a partnership with Yale-New Haven Hospital.

- New Haven Farms, New Haven, $24,000, to support New Haven Farms’ Women’s Community Health Ambassador program, which aims to train 10 community health ambassadors in 2017 and 2018 to advocate for effective preventive health interventions with their families, neighbors, and program participants. The organization is also working to expand the program to additional low-income neighborhoods in New Haven.

- Connecticut League of Nursing, North Haven, $25,000, to support the Connecticut League of Nursing to relaunch its online population health course, which is targeted to healthcare providers and addresses population health, implicit bias, and diversity of the workforce. The funding will also support a centralized website to host all Connecticut nursing workforce data, which will inform the state’s workforce needs, including diversity.

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