Connecticut health department picked for national program

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health today announced it was selected to
participate in a national leadership program to increase the quality of prenatal care for low-income
women.

According to a release sent out by DPH, Connecticut was one of 20 sites selected through a competitive process to participate in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH), a leadership training program offered by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The academy provides training that brings together leaders from public health, health care and community organizations to improve specific, measurable public health problems within their community.

DPH, working as part of a community health team comprised of representatives from Community
Health Center, Inc., the Ledge Light Health District, the Connecticut Hospital Association and other
partners will receive training and support from national experts to promote the adoption of a Medicaid
maternity care Pay-for-Performance Initiative, under construction by the Connecticut Department of
Social Services. The initiative will initially focus on New London county, and link the delivery of
evidence-based prenatal care performance measures to HUSKY (Healthcare for UninSured Kids and
Youth) reimbursement rates.

NLAPH is implemented by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP), a center of the
Public Health Institute (PHI), with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. The center will provide training and support for
a period of one year.

Amanda Cuda

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