Dr. Edward Ellison, Executive Medical Director, Permamente Medical Group

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Edward Ellison, Executive Medical Director and Chairman of the Board for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. He is also National Sponsor of the newly-announced Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine which is being designed to train future clinicians based on Kaiser’s coordinated care and value-based delivery model.

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Aneesh Chopra, First U.S. Chief Technology Officer

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Aneesh Chopra, Co-Founder of Hunch Analytics, author of “Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government”. Appointed by President Obama as the first US Chief Technology Officer in 2009, he discusses the job of transitioning American government and health care into the digital age.

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Celebrating Four Years of Project ECHO at CHC

Four years ago, on January 20th 2012, CHC successfully kicked-off Project ECHO HepC/HIV to increase access to primary care based Hepatitis C and HIV treatment. With this initiative, we’ve been providing lifesaving treatment to patients that otherwise may not have had access.

Thank you to everyone involved in Project ECHO for your ongoing commitment, dedication and support to primary care providers not only at CHC but also across the country.

With your support many primary care providers have received support, improving their knowledge and confidence in treating patients with Hepatitis C and HIV.  Special thanks goes out to Marwan Haddad, Matthew Huddleston and Jamie Stevens who have participated since the beginning and given advice and guidance to providers as they presented a nearly a thousand patient case presentations. There is no doubt that your service improved and prolonged the lives of many patients.

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Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable, Director of NIMHD

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health where he oversees the Institute’s efforts to promote research, build infrastructure and support programs that serve to advance minority health as well as eliminate health disparities.

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Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator of SAMHSA

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the division of the HHS dedicated to mental health disorders and addiction. She talks about SAMHSA’s initiatives aimed at improving access to treatment, improving treatment outcomes and expanding the nation’s behavioral health work force.

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Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Apple

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Apple. Mr. Williams is in charge of the tech giant’s entire distribution chain and is overseeing Apple’s foray into health care with the development of the Apple Watch, Apple HealthKit and ResearchKit, which are aimed at simplifying health and medical research by leveraging participation from Apple’s 700 million users around the globe.

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Dr. Christine Cassel, President and CEO of the National Quality Forum

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Christine Cassel, President and CEO of the National Quality Forum a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving health and health care through developing better health quality measures and data-sharing.Dr. Cassel will be leaving her post to lead the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, which is based on Kaiser’s integrated, high-quality model of care.

 

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Kevin Robert Frost, CEO of amfAR

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Kevin Robert Frost, CEO of amfAR, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting research on a cure for HIV/AIDS. Mr. Frost discusses the organization’s 30 year quest to confront the AIDS epidemic, as well as their support for promising research that has paved the way for the treatments and protocols currently in use today which are helping contain HIV/AIDS in the US and around the globe.

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Nicholas and Isaac

Yesterday, I had the privilege of representing Santa at the CHC Holiday Party in Middletown.  It was one of many holiday parties CHC has been holding at its sites across Connecticut, and my third time representing Santa in Middletown.

Perhaps, however, I should use the older name, St. Nicholas.  For me, Santa has always been problematic.  Santa has always been the guy at the suburban shopping mall that privileged parents bring their kids to during a shopping spree.  For those of us growing up in more difficult circumstances, Santa was a symbol of disappointed hopes.

St. Nicholas, upon whom Santa is based, was a Bishop in the early Christian Church well known for his loving care for children, especially those in the greatest need.  As I sat in my Santa outfit in the big red chair in the community room of CHC Middletown, I thought about St. Nicholas.  I thought of the children I had seen in other years and stories about how for some of them, the gift they would get at our holiday party might be the only gift they would receive this Christmas.

I thought about the photo I had taken eHopelinearlier in the day.  Verizon’s HopeLine had contributed $4,500 to our domestic violence program to help victims of domestic violence in our community have a brighter holiday.  Our staff also contributed many gifts and Hasbro provided gifts at a steep discount.

 

I thought of my friend who had struggled for so long to become pregnant, only to have her son, Isaac, born prematurely and die soon afterwards.  She channeled some of her grief into getting presents for children in need.

I held all these things in my heart as I smiled and winked at children eager for some hope, love, and affirmation.  I held all these things in my heart as I asked them how they had made other people happy, as I gave them hugs and told them I had been waiting for them, that they were special, and that I loved them.

helpersA group of CHC employees worked hard as Santa’s helpers to make this a magical event.  It is clear how my coworkers helped make many people happy.  By the end of the day, over two hundred children visited, and I knew in my heart, “Isaac was here”.

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HEALTHCARE FOR THE HOMELESS PROGRAM TO HOLD MEMORIAL SERVICE AND CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ MEMORIAL DAY

Event in Middletown to honor the homeless who passed away in 2015; Service to feature speeches from community leaders and homeless individuals

In recognition of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on December 17, CHC’s Wherever You Are Healthcare for the Homeless program and St. Vincent de Paul Middletown will host a memorial service and candlelight vigil at Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown, in memory of the areas’ homeless residents who passed away in 2015 and to bring awareness to the plight of the homeless in the city.

The event is held for the city’s homeless citizens and affords them the chance to pay their respects to those who have lost their life and to be recognized on the longest night of the year. The program will include remarks from Pastor Dana of Church of the Holy Trinity, Mayor Dan Drew of Middletown, State Representatives Matthew Lesser and Joe Serra, Terri Dipietro Director of Middlesex Hospital from the MCCH, Wayne Munson from LEAD Connecticut, and representatives from St. Vincent de Paul, CHC, and Middlesex Coalition to End Homelessness; followed by a candle light vigil with a performance of Amazing Grace, sung by Middletown community members. Supply bags that include small winter accessories, hygiene products, wellness bags with tea and cough drops, and brochures on local service agencies will be given out to the homeless and near homeless folks that attend the event. There will also be a community dinner at St. Vincent de Paul Middletown soup kitchen following the service.

Each year since 1990 homeless service providers, in more than 150 communities across the country, conduct similar services to recognize the need for political advocacy and efforts to end homelessness. National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, National Health Care for the Homeless Council and National Consumer Advisory Board.

“Each year, homeless residents in our communities suffer and many pass away,” said Martha Trevey, APRN, Family Nurse Practitioner for Wherever You Are Healthcare for the Homeless. “Many of these losses could have been prevented, had these individuals had shelter, food and access to health care. Communities must continue working together and sharing the responsibility to end the preventable tragedy of homelessness.”

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