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CPHA Newsletter - Fall 2016

Posted By Melissa Touma, Friday, September 23, 2016

CPHA E-Newsletter—Fall 2016

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Plans are well under way for CPHA’s 100th anniversary conference. There is plenty of excitement with this conference, not only because we are celebrating a century of public health successes but also because our featured speaker is APHA President, Dr. Camara Jones. We expect this to be an excellent conference and I encourage members to register early.

As many of you may know, we have been working closely with Connecticut Community Health Workers to develop a CHW section for our chapter similar to the APHA’s section. Recently, we signed on as supporters of the New England CHW Coalition comments addressed to the U.S. Department of Labor on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code for CHWs. Specifically, we are urging the DOL to adopt revisions to the definition of CHWs to better reflect the important work CHWs perform.

The CPHA Board has been working hard to implement our new strategic plan and is always happy to receive help and input from our members. If any members would like to become more involved with the Board or a specific committee, please reach out to myself or any of our committee chairs for more information.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in November!  

BACK TO THE FUTURE: 2016 CPHA CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AND ANNUAL MEETING: NOVEMBER 10, 2016

Join us for our Centennial Celebration and Annual Meeting on November 10! Back to the Future: 100 years of Public Health in CT and Beyond will be held at Anthony's Ocean View in New Haven, CT beginning at 9 AM. We are excited this year to be including a Rapid Fire session, Roundtable, and Panel Discussion. We are very pleased to host our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Camara Jones, APHA President, as well as our afternoon panelists including Senator Chris Murphy who will participate in a discussion on the tackling the Opioid Epidemic. The celebration will also feature over 30 speakers and a networking Happy Hour featuring live music. Take a glance into the past during the lunch presentation on the history of CPHA and public health in the state, and look forward to the future and with innovations in health research, policy, and community programs. Don't forget to take advantage of the Early Bird discount before it ends on October 14.


More on our Keynote Speaker and Afternoon Panel:

Keynote Speaker: Camara P. Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, President, American Public Health Association (APHA)

Dr. Jones is a research director on social determinants of health and equity in the Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and President of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism). As a methodologist, she has developed new ways for comparing full distributions of data (rather than means or proportions) in order to investigate population-level risk factors and propose population-level interventions. 

Afternoon Panel: Tackling the Opioid Epidemic at the Federal, State, and Local Levels featuring Senator Chris Murphy's Director of Community Affairs, Sean Scanlon

Senator Chris Murphy's Director of Community Affairs, Sean Scanlon, has been invited to sit on a panel of policymakers, research scientists, and overdose prevention advocates to tackle the conversation on the opioid epidemic and provide insight what is being done at the local, state, and federal level to better understand opioid abuse and reduce exposure in the community. Explore how advocates are working hard to improve community efforts to prevent dependence and improve overdose outcomes. Visit CPHA's website for more information.

Interested in sponsoring, exhibiting or advertising at the CPHA conference? Take advantage of the opportunity and gain exposure to hundreds of public health professionals and advocates from around the state. Click here for more information!

*This is a fragrance free event in consideration of those with asthma and respiratory reactions.*

The Program Committee meets every two weeks via phone. If you would like to join and assist in these final weeks of planning, please email the program_committee@cpha.info.

 

CT STATE INNOVATION MODEL UPDATE

The Connecticut State Innovation Model (SIM) is a $45 million grant awarded to the State through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, a division of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established under the Affordable Care Act.  The SIM includes a variety of initiatives intended to establish a whole-person centered healthcare system through three main strategies: transforming the healthcare delivery system, reforming payment and insurance design, and developing population health capabilities.  An overview of the SIM and its strategies can be found here.

 

There are often opportunities to get involved with SIM initiatives, with announcements posted on our main page and our Facebook page.  You can also receive Newsletters and E-Alerts by signing up here.

 

HEALTH EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING UPDATE

 

The Health Education Committee wants to hear from you!

Join our next meeting on October 12 at 8:45 AM via phone or WebEx invite. It’s easy to join- just contact us at hec@cpha.info to receive call-in information. This month’s presentations will feature:

·         Emerging Trends - Amy Hanoian-Fontana, MA, EMT-B, Community Education Specialist, CT Poison Control Center - UConn Health

·         Lead 101 - Basics about Lead - Kim Ploszaj, Lead Program and Healthy Homes, CT Dept. of Public Health

Thanks to all who participated in our September meeting. Please find the meeting minutes here.

September meeting highlights:

·         Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Pilot Project – presented by Suzanne Blancaflor, MPH, MS, Chief, Environmental Health Section, CT Dept. of Public Health. Find more details, information, and resources about Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.

·         Who’s in charge, the parasite or the host? How bed bug-human behaviors contribute to the insect’s success Bed Bugs – presented by Dr. Gale E. Ridge, Assistant Scientist, The CT Agricultural Experiment Station. Check out the “Connecticut Coalition Against Bed Bugs (CCABB) - Bed Bug Information” website for flyers and other information to share with the public

MENTORING ORGANIZATION REGISTRY (MOR) UPDATE

National Public Health Week: Success by the Numbers

Our National Public Health Week (NPHW) activities reached over 4,000 high school and community college students from over 80 communities, significantly surpassing our 2015 outreach efforts of 2,500 students in 70 communities!  How did we accomplish this?

1.       Through our broad and active membership: MOR paired several member organizations with schools across the state, with CT HOSA (CT Association of Future Health Professionals) and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) public health presenters led student contacts reaching over 3,000 through their combined activities.

2.       By Sharing Resources: The CPHA MOR posted events, free existing resources and new ones developed with the support and creativity of mentored MPH candidates.

3.       By Listening to our Education Partners: We extended NPHW activities past April at the request of educators to accommodate their spring vacation and testing schedules.

 

MOR Public Health Awareness among CT High School Students

At the 2016 statewide HOSA (Future Health Professionals) Annual Competition in New Haven, there was a clear indication that Public Health is no longer an unknown term among high school students. According to CT HOSA President and MOR member, Susan Troupe, 350 high school students presented innovative team driven and designed health projects.  Students selected from several categories to develop their project, e.g., Behavioral Health, Medical Innovation, Pathophysiology and Public Health.  More Public Health teams entered than any other type of team. In 2012, Public Health wasn’t even a choice.  We have come a long way through our joint efforts.

MOR and UCONN MPH Students Pilot a New Health Literacy Curriculum

In keeping with this year’s NPHW theme, the CPHA MOR aimed to “Reach the Next Generation” with a new two-three week curriculum:  Health Literacy: Don’t Leave High School Without it.” Graduate students, Fawatih Mohamed, MD and Rabale Hasan, working with MOR leaders, Cyndi Billian Stern and Amanda Durante, developed a blended curriculum aligned to standards in health education, medical careers and Public Health 101 classes for the high school.

A New Britain Medical Careers class completed the new lessons with educator Darlene Clark using a pre and post-test with her students which indicated its effectiveness on a small sample.  We continue to tweak the curriculum and are currently seeking funding to evaluate it following a broader student pilot in New Britain, Manchester, and Waterbury. Following the evaluation, our intent is to offer the online curriculum with training for educators.

Public Health 101 For the High School:  Now Free for ALL High Schools

Hyde Public Safety Academy is the latest high school to launch PH101 full year course developed by CPHA MOR leaders and EdAdvance (formerly Education Connection).  The 2016 version, updated by Newtown’s PH101 teacher, Susan McConnell, can be accessed at http://www.publichealth101skills21.org/.

MOR Mentoring for College Students of Public Health

Research indicates the exponential growth of public health majors at the undergraduate level.  In Connecticut, we have seen this growth with students enrolling in greater numbers in public health courses at University of CT, St. Joseph University, Goodwin College, CT Community Colleges and Yale.   In the coming months the MOR will determine the best way to serve this population, regarding experiential learning and career advice with the help of the leaders of those programs, who are also MOR members.
                    To get involved or for MOR information contact Cyndibilllianstern@cpha.info.

ADVOCACY COMMITTEE UPDATE

The Advocacy Committee is preparing to take an active role in the 2017 legislative session, and will be determining priorities in the coming months. If you would like to get involved, please contact Jenna Lupi, jenna.lupi@gmail.com

Set to go into effect on October 1, 2016, here is a summary of seven bills of public health interest that were passed during the 2016 legislative sessions:

HB 5350  AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS ON FLUORIDATION OF THE PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY

This act reduces the public water supply's mandated fluoride content. Specifically, it requires water companies serving at least 20,000 people to add enough fluoride to the water supply to maintain an average monthly fluoride content that varies no more than 0. 15 milligrams per liter (mg/L) from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) most recent recommendation for optimal fluoride levels in drinking water to prevent tooth decay (currently 0. 7 mg/L).

SB 70 AN ACT CONCERNING TELEHEALTH PROVIDERS

This act adds licensed speech and language pathologists, respiratory care practitioners, and audiologists to the list of health care providers authorized to provide health care services using telehealth. Under the act, they must provide telehealth services within their profession's scope of practice and standard of care, just as other telehealth providers must do under existing law.

By law, “telehealth” means delivering health care services through information and communication technologies to facilitate the diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management, and self-management of a patient's physical and mental health.

HB 5053 AN ACT CONCERNING OPIOIDS AND ACCESS TO OVERDOSE REVERSAL DRUGS

This act contains various provisions on opioid abuse prevention and treatment and related issues. It:

1.       prohibits, with certain exceptions, a prescribing practitioner authorized to prescribe an opioid drug from issuing a prescription for more than a seven-day supply to (a) a minor or (b) an adult for the first time for outpatient use;

2.        makes various changes to the electronic prescription drug monitoring program, such as (a) expanding who may serve as a prescriber's authorized agent, (b) modifying reporting deadlines, and (c) decreasing required prescriber reviews for prolonged treatment with schedule V nonnarcotic drugs;

3.       allows any licensed health care professional to administer an opioid antagonist (e. g. , Narcan) to treat or prevent a drug overdose without civil or criminal liability;

4.       requires municipalities, by October 1, 2016, to amend their local emergency medical services (EMS) plans to ensure that specified first responders are equipped with an opioid antagonist and trained in administering it;

5.       prohibits certain health insurance policies that provide prescription drug coverage for opioid antagonists from requiring prior authorization for these drugs; and

6.       requires the Public Health Committee chairpersons to establish a working group on the issuance of opioid drug prescriptions by prescribing practitioner.

HB 5335 AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF LANDLORDS AND TENANTS REGARDING THE TREATMENT OF BED BUG INFESTATIONS

This act establishes a framework to identify and treat bed bug infestations in residential rental properties, including public housing but excluding detached, single-family homes. It sets separate duties and responsibilities for landlords and tenants, including notice, inspection, and treatment requirements. It also gives landlords and tenants remedies when either party fails to comply with these duties and responsibilities.

HB 5537 AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH STATUTES

This act makes numerous changes to Department of Public Health (DPH)-related statutes and programs, some of which include:

1.       makes changes affecting local health departments, such as establishing a process to address alleged impropriety by local health directors or their employees;

2.       creates a new dental assistant designation and requires dental professionals to take continuing education in infection control;

3.       allows nursing home patients to receive methadone treatment for opioid addiction at the nursing home under certain conditions;

4.       recognizes in statute a category of psychology technicians and allows them to provide certain psychological testing services if acting under a psychologist's supervision;

5.       as of July 1, 2017, eliminates the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and requires the governor to designate a nonprofit entity to serve this function;

6.       creates a diabetes advisory council in DPH within available appropriations; and

7.       creates a nail salon working group and a medical records task force.

SB 218 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REVISIONS TO THE STATUTES REGARDING HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS

This act makes changes to statutes related to HIV. Specifically, the act requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to establish needle and syringe exchange programs in any community impacted by HIV or hepatitis C, not just the three cities with the most HIV cases among injection drug users, and expands the programs' service components. But it requires the programs only within available appropriations.

SB 20 AN ACT CONCERNING CARRYING A FIREARM WHILE INTOXICATED OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL

This act lowers, from . 10% to . 08%, the blood alcohol content (BAC) level that triggers a presumptive violation of the law's prohibition on carrying a loaded firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The . 08% level is the same threshold as for state and federal driving under the influence (DUI) laws.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Second Annual Statewide Prevention Fitness Forum

Connecticut Prevention Network and Wheeler Connecticut Clearing House

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Savin Rock Conference Center, 6 Rock Street, West Haven, CT

JOB OPENINGS

Public Health Nurse, City of New Haven

Epidemiologist, City of New Haven

Healthcare Advocate, State of Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate

Healthcare Policy Planning Specialist, UCONN Health

Director of Health, City of Bridgeport

Public Health Nursing Administrator - City of Meriden

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