Connecticut Leads the Country in Childhood Vaccine Coverage

In a nod to the commitment of Connecticut’s pediatric healthcare providers, Governor Ned Lamont celebrated our state’s top ranking in the U.S. for childhood vaccination. In a report released last week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranked states by vaccination coverage for two-year-olds born in 2017 and 2018. Connecticut achieved an estimated 80.2% coverage rate for recommended vaccines by age two, well above the national average of 70.5% and topping the New England average of 79.7%. Governor Lamont credited years of hard work and collaboration among public and private partners in protecting childhood health for the high performance.

It was observed that extra effort will be required to maintain these high levels of vaccination in light of delays and disruptions in primary care that have been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


CDC Updates List of Conditions Associated with Higher COVID-19 Risk in Adults

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week updated the list of underlying medical conditions that put adults of any age at higher risk for severe COVID-19 based on the latest scientific evidence. The conditions are grouped by the level of evidence and will be updated as the science evolves. 

CDC notes the list is not exhaustive and should not be used to exclude people with underlying conditions from recommended preventive measures such as booster doses of vaccines or needed therapies.



AHRQ Seeks Evidence to Inform Review of Telehealth Use During Pandemic

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks input through November 12 on a systematic review of telehealth use during COVID-19. Topics include the characteristics of patients and providers using telehealth and how they differ from before the pandemic; benefits and potential harms of telehealth use; successful telehealth strategies; and cost and reimbursement considerations. For more on the study by AHRQ’s evidence-based Practice Centers Program, click here.




Education Updates

Supporting, Not Reporting: Revisiting CAPTA and Plans of Safe Care Through Provider Practice and Patient Empowerment
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

During this four hour virtual event, providers will have the opportunity to refresh their understanding of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and plans of safe care.  Experts from across the state will present on stigma and how it affects birthing persons, and share strategies on how to talk about plans of safe care with patients.  Participants will also have the benefit of a presentation from the lived-experience perspective.  There also will be an opportunity to interact with colleagues during a simulation exercise. 

The program is presented as a part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) series.

There is no fee for participation

  • Click here to register for this Tuesday, October 26 session


Implicit Bias: Awareness, Accountability, and Action
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 
Virtual Sessions

All sessions run from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Implicit bias refers to the unconscious attitudes and stereotypes that can affect understanding, actions, and decisions.  From an awareness standpoint, healthcare clinicians need to be fully aware of the complexities and impact of implicit bias on patient experience and engagement.  Looking at accountability, healthcare clinicians need to acknowledge, challenge, and manage their biases.  From an action perspective, healthcare clinicians need tools, skills, and strategies for comfort, confidence, and competence to connect, communicate, and effectively collaborate cross-culturally. 

Some of these sessions are part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) series, and others are funded by the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM).

There is no fee for this program.  Class size is limited and all sessions are identical.  Sessions are filling up quickly, so new dates have been added to accommodate high demand.

  • Click here to register for the Thursday, November 4 session
  • Click here to register for the Friday, November 12 session
  • Click here to register for the Thursday, December 9 session
  • Click here to register for the Wednesday, January 19 session
  • Click here to register for the Wednesday, February 16 session