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Critical workforce issues for registered and advanced practice nurses in integrated care models

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Team-based, integrated models of care are essential to meeting the behavioral health needs of patients, families, and communities. To broaden the reach of effective integrated behavioral health care, all health providers must act to remove financial barriers, promote implementation of models designed for a wider range of populations, and improve access to services. The American Academy of Nursing identifies several actions in which nursing can partner with state and federal agencies, advocacy groups, and professional organizations to achieve these goals.

Stamford Nonprofit Awards Residents For Promoting Needs Of Older Adults

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STAMFORD, Conn. -- Silver Source Inc. -- a Stamford-based nonprofit organization that advocates for the needs of older adults and their families -- recently announced the winners of its inaugural SilverSource Awards.

The awards will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 27, during the 2nd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast at the Italian Center of Stamford.

The awards recognize individuals, organizations or businesses making a significant difference in the lives of Fairfield County’s older adults.

Nominations were evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of community, business and thought leaders.

The 2016 SilverSource Award winners are as follows:

 The SilverSource Community Service Volunteer Awards go to Dorothy Canzano and Daniel S. Katz.
For 33 years, Canzano has volunteered at The Villa at Stamford (formerly Smith House), where she visits with residents, listens to their stories and keeps them up to date on local news while transporting them to special services at the Villa.

At age 93, she is the oldest volunteer at The Villa at Stamford, where she contributes her time three days each week.

Katz is a key volunteer with two programs serving Stamford's seniors. He has volunteered for 15 years with MedAssist Choices, an all-volunteer program helping more than 800 older adults each year navigate complex health-care billing and insurance issues.

 The SilverSource Contribution to Community Award by Outstanding Individuals goes to Maureen Matthews, founder of To Whom I May Concern; and attorney Jean Mills Aranha, Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
Matthews has many years of experience as a nurse and psychotherapist, working in the field of dementia.

She created To Whom I May Concern, an interactive theater program, to give voice to people who have recently been diagnosed with a progressive brain illness such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Aranha is a staff attorney with Connecticut Legal Services, Inc., where she works in the Elder Law and Public Benefits Units as well as doing legislative advocacy on behalf of the poor.

The Elder Law Unit represents and advises low-income individuals aged 60 and up.

 The SilverSource Contribution to Community Award by an Outstanding Organization goes to Community Health Center (CHC).
Community Health Center is a leading independent, nonprofit healthcare provider in the state of Connecticut, providing comprehensive primary-care services in medicine, dentistry and behavioral health to more than 145,000 people.

Founder Mark Maselli will accept the award on behalf of CHC.

During the Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast, experts Lindsay Goldman and Julia Evans Starr will showcase challenges facing the communities and share innovative solutions.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.SilverSource.org or call (203)- 324-6584.

The event will be from  7 - 9:30 a.m.

The Italian Center of Stamford is at 1620 Newfield Ave.

News Releases

Delaware Department of Corrections Introduces Telehealth E-Consults via Connections Community SupportPrograms and CeCN

Program to increase access to specialty care for offender patients; lower healthcare and transportation costs

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Contact: Leslie Gianelli
Community Health Center, Inc.
(860) 918-7504 or [email protected]

Delaware Department of Corrections Introduces Telehealth E-Consults via Connections Community Support Programs and CeCN

Program to increase access to specialty care for offender patients; lower healthcare and transportation costs 

Middletown, Connecticut; October 4, 2016: A new telehealth program launched in Delaware this summer enables primary healthcare providers to receive advice from specialists without offender patients having to leave their correctional facility. Connections Community Support Programs has partnered with Community eConsult Network(CeCN) to implement the telehealth eConsults program, which is expected to increase access to specialty care, and save money in healthcare and transportation costs, resulting in better health outcomes for offenders.

Connections Community Support Program provides primary medical and behavioral health care for all individuals who are incarcerated in the unified correctional system operated by the Delaware Department of Correction. Through CeCN, providers working at correctional facilities can consult with specialists on individual offender patients electronically, submitting details about the case and photos if necessary for feedback.  However, Connections Community Support primary care providers have the final say on the offender patient’s treatment plan. 

“Finding specialists who are taking new patients is difficult in general, but finding specialists who accept new patients from the correctional system is especially hard,” says Delaware Department of Corrections Bureau Chief Marc Richman. “Since we are obligated to provide care of at least a community standard, we often end up sending offender patients long distances for treatment. With two correctional officers managing the transport, each transport is quite expensive.”

Data from previous CeCN programs in a community health setting shows that only 31 percent of e-consults necessitated a face-to-face visit with a specialist. The rest of the time, the primary care physician was able to handle treatment with the specialist’s guidance. Prior to implementing e-consults earlier this year, Delaware DOC performed 2500-2700 medical moves a year at a cost of $800,000 - $1,000,000. “Lowering that number will result in significant savings,” says Richman.

“The idea that drives CeCN is to move knowledge, not patients,” says Daren Anderson, Director of Community Health Center’s Weitzman Institute, which oversees CeCN. “It’s hard to imagine a setting where this idea makes more sense than the correctional system.”

“In vulnerable populations, we see that e-consults lead to more timely care and better health outcomes because the majority of the time, care can be delivered without the patient locating or scheduling a specialist,” says Kevin Massey, who oversees CeCN as Business and Product Develo

CHC Joins Stand Down to Support the State’s Veterans

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Contact: Leslie Gianelli

[email protected]

(860)-347-6971 x3080


CHC Joins Stand Down to Support the State’s Veterans
Free dental care and screenings provided during day-long event


MIDDLETOWN, Conn., September 26, 2016: Community Health Center, Inc. was one of the 70 or so agencies and organizations participating in Stand Down 2016 to aid the state’s veterans Friday. Its dental clinic and information booth were extremely popular. Hundreds of veterans and family members stopped by the CHC booth for information about the agency’s health care services for the medically underserved.

One veteran came to CHC’s dental clinic with a mission: “I’m here to get my smile back,” said the vet who served in Korea and Viet Nam. He needed a new set of dentures, to replace ones he accidentally threw out after wrapping them in a napkin and placing them on a lunch tray. “I used to smile all the time, and I miss that.”  He got an oral cancer screening, a cleaning, and a consultation for dentures, along with follow up appointments at a CHC dental site required to prepare the dentures.

He was one of 79 veterans screened for oral cancer and one of 65 who received dental treatment, which included fillings and extractions. Sixty-six veterans received dental cleanings.

CHC is a regular participant at the annual Stand Down event.  The care was provided by three dentists, four dental assistants and nine dental hygienists.

“This event is very special for us as care providers, because we know we are providing important care to people who really need it,” said Sheela Tummala, DDS, chief dental officer for CHC and one of the care providers at Stand Down.


About Community Health Center, Inc.
Since 1972, Community Health Center, Inc. has been one of the leading healthcare providers in the state of Connecticut, building a world-class primary healthcare system committed to caring for uninsured and underserved populations. CHC is focused on improving health outcomes for its more than 145,000 patients as well as building healthy communities. Recognized as both a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and a Primary Care Medical Home by The Joint Commission, CHC delivers service in more than 200 locations statewide, offering primary care in medical, dental and behavioral health services. For more information, visit www.chc1.com.

Community Health Center, Inc. Receives $330,502 for Quality Improvement

The grant is the largest of 15 awarded to Connecticut community health centers

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The Community Health Center, Inc., (CHC), received a $330,502 grant  from the Human Resources & Services Administration Friday in recognition of its excellence in providing high quality care to patients and to continue its quality improvement work.