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HISC Ad Hoc Subcommittee to Discuss Population Health
The Ad Hoc Subcommittee of the Healthcare Innovation Steering Committee will meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, December 11th at the Office of the Healthcare Advocate to discuss reference communities, part of the state's Population Health Initiative. More information on this meeting can be found on the Steering Committee's web page here. Please note this meeting is open to the public and will include a public comment period.

Attention Employers! Free Program to Improve Health Benefits for Employees
Employers struggle to offer affordable, comprehensive health benefits to employees. The SIM Program Management Office has a new, no-cost program to help. Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) is a benefits strategy that improves employee health and productivity, and guides employers and employees to spend healthcare dollars more efficiently. The SIM PMO is now offering a technical assistance program to self-insured employers interested in providing value-based health benefits.

Any self-insured employer with Connecticut residents enrolled in its health plan may apply by completing a short questionnaire. For more information, please read the VBID Technical Assistance Fact Sheet. Interested employers may participate in webinars to learn more on December 20th at noon and January 18th at noon. The PMO is taking applications through January 31, 2018. Please submit any questions to aharrington@freedmanhealthcare.com.

PMO Seeks Consultant for Health Enhancement Community Initiative
The State Innovation Model (SIM) Program Management Office seeks consultation services to support the State in planning for a new Health Enhancement Community initiative as part of Connecticut’s broader SIM strategy. The consultant(s) selected through this Request for Proposals (RFP) will provide subject matter expertise, strategic planning, design development, actuarial analysis, and stakeholder facilitation to support the creation of the HEC model and implementation approach. The Health Enhancement Community model will foster community-wide multi-sector collaboration and accountability to promote healthier people, better care, smarter spending, and health equity. Click here for more information and to access the RFP. The deadline has been extended to December 8, 2017 at 1 p.m. Click here to read the latest addendum.

Community Health Worker Resource Site Launched
UConn Health Center and Southwest AHEC are pleased to announce the launch of the Connecticut Community Health Worker website. The site was developed to support the growing CHW workforce by highlighting CHW stories, serving as a resource for training opportunities, and educating the public on the roles of CHWs. The site features the roles of CHWs as adapted from the National Community Health Worker Core Consensus (C3) Project by the SIM CHW Advisory Committee. Future plans for the site include sections for career opportunities, resources, and credentialing. Check out the CHW website and share your feedback as we continue to build on this important resource.

{Youth Summit Healthcare Town Hall} Kids and young adults with disabilities have a lot to say about health care
On Saturday, May 13th, more than 80 young adults discussed how to "Build a Great Life." PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CT (PATH/FVCT) and their youth with disabilities group, CT Kids as Self Advocates (CT KASA) organized an all-day youth summit at the St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. As part of the summit, they engaged in a Social Media Healthcare Town Hall, where they discussed their healthcare concerns and learned from each other. The Town Hall was facilitated by the SIM Consumer Advisory Board and funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Click here to read more about the event.

Connecticut Business Group on Health Event Promotes Value-Based Insurance Design
The Connecticut Business Group on Health hosted an event in partnership with the SIM Program Management Office and the Office of the State Comptroller to promote value-based strategies for improving healthcare in the state. The event focused on how the SIM Value-Based Insurance Design initiative and the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative can improve quality and experience of care for consumers, and reduce healthcare costs. The primary goal of the event was to bring employers, providers, health plans, and consumers around the table to discuss how they could work together to improve value in healthcare. Click here to read more.

{A DPH report shows CT ranks poorly on asthma control.} New Report Finds Connecticut Ranks Poorly on Asthma, Alcohol Consumption, and High Cholesterol
A recently released annual report conducted by the Department of Public Health finds that Connecticut ranks worse than half of all states on high blood cholesterol, current asthma, and excessive alcohol consumption. Moreover, the prevalence of asthma in Connecticut has worsened since 2014, increasing by 14%.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Report compares select health indicators and risk factors to prevalence at the national level, and tracks the changes from 2011 to 2015. Click here to access the full report. Click here for more information on CT BRFSS.