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PMO Seeks candidates to fill work group vacancies
The SIM Program Management Office is currently seeking applications from consumers and advocates interested in serving on the Population Health Council. High priority is placed on promoting participation by consumer representatives with diverse racial, ethnic, and experiential backgrounds. Consumer representation is being sought from such sectors as philanthropic, environmental health, non-profit food systems, disabilities, advocates for the homeless, economic support, anti-violence advocates and/or the business community. For more information on this opportunities and to apply, please click here.

CT State Innovation Model Rural Healthcare Forum
The SIM Consumer Advisory Board is hosting a Rural Healthcare Forum on Friday, June 3, 2016 at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Joyner Learning Center, 2 Park Place East, Winsted, CT from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Be the voice of rural western Connecticut and help plan the future of healthcare transformation, explore the status of healthcare delivery in rural settings, and respond to challenges of new initiatives and models.  Learn about the challenges of new initiatives and models across the state and region. There will be formal presentations, consumer dialogue, and panel discussions.
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“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” Although Connecticut ranks 6th in America’s Health Rankings, it is among the worst for health disparities. Hospitalizations for asthma, for example, are five times worse for African Americans than for the white population. These and other disparities cost the state $263 million dollars in 2013. (Dr. Dalal, Department of Public Health). At the same time, models that attempt to connect health care providers with community organizations to address individuals’ basic needs are the exception and not the norm. A SIM Symposium was held at the end of March to explore what it might take to expand and improve newer accountable care or “2.0” models, which reward better and more affordable care, to an accountable community or “3.0” model, which rewards better health.

Request for Applications - Advanced Medical Home Vanguard
The SIM PMO is currently accepting applications for the Advanced Medical Home (AMH) Vanguard Program. Eligible applicants are Advanced Networks with primary care practices that are not currently recognized under an existing national medical home standard. The AMH Vanguard provides transformation support aimed at improving practice and patient experience. Selected applicants will receive up to 15 months of support from Qualidigm to achieve NCQA PCMH Recognition and Planetree's Patient-Centered Bronze Recognition. The PMO seeks to implement two cohorts, the first beginning in March and the second beginning in April. Visit the DAS State Contracting Portal for the RFA and additional documents.

Accountable Health Communities Model Funding Opportunity Announced
The Department of Health and Human Services announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to promote community health.  The five-year program, called the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model, is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center initiative that focuses on the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, including building alignment between clinical and community-based services at the local level. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.