Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Now Available from


The Biden Administration has launched a website for the public to order at-home COVID-19 tests, at no cost, including shipping.  The site, went live this week, launching with a reported one billion tests to distribute.  Each household is limited to four tests, and the website says orders will ship in 7 to 12 days.  In addition, the administration has announced the pending availability of 400 million N95 masks for U.S. residents.  The masks will come from the Strategic National Stockpile and will be shipped this week to pharmacies and community health centers across the country that have partnered with the federal government on vaccine administration.  Masks will be free, limited to three per person, and available beginning next week. 


National Academy of Medicine Publishes Healthcare Worker Well-Being Resources

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has launched a web-based compendium of well-being resources for healthcare workers, with strategies and tools for both leaders and workers to use to decrease burnout and improve resilience.  The site is organized into six domains, derived from “evidence-based and promising practices" drawn from recommendations from the recent NAM consensus study Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being.



Venture Fund Launched Dedicated to Black Founder-Led Healthcare Companies

A Nashville-based venture capital firm called Jumpstart Health Investors has announced a new $55 million venture fund to support Black founder-led healthcare companies in health IT, digital health, tech-enabled services, diagnostic devices, biotech, medical device manufacturing and consumer health and wellness.  Backed by investments from many healthcare industry leaders, the Jumpstart Nova fund has a goal of increasing equity in the healthcare venture space by supporting the leadership of Black entrepreneurs.




HHS Renews Public Health Emergency

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration for another 90 days effective January 16, 2022.  The extension will help hospitals and health systems continue to combat COVID-19 in their communities.





Education Updates

Building Capacity for Medications for Opioid Use Disorder: Example From a Large Urban Primary Care Practice
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

Using an example of a quality improvement initiative from a large urban academic primary care practice in Philadelphia, the presenter will discuss existing barriers to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) and the development of strategies to address these barriers.  Possible interventions to build capacity for MOUD include provider training, addressing stigma and bias, as well as engaging key stakeholders.

There is no fee for this session, but registration is required.  Continuing education credits are available.  This session is part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) series.

  • Click here to register for this Tuesday, January 25 session


Issue-Based Forum: Hospital Violence Intervention Programs
Thursday, January 27, 2022 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Virtual Conference

Hospital Violence Intervention Programs (HVIPs) provide targeted case management services to victims of violence, fostering collaboration between hospital providers and community resources.  This forum will address the components of an HVIP, the national HVIP movement, the Connecticut HVIP Collaborative, and the Connecticut Gun Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Committee.  Of interest to hospital emergency department physicians and nurse managers, trauma program managers, injury prevention specialists, safety and security personnel, social workers, spiritual care staff, patient care executives, hospitalists, and physician executives, presenters will include clinical staff from several member hospitals as well as representatives from the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention and Hartford Communities That Care.

There is no fee to attend; this program is open to all CHA members. 

  • Click here to register for this Thursday, January 27 session


Early Identification and Management of Substance Misuse: Implementing SBIRT Services in Clinical Settings
Thursday, February 3, 2022 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

This session will provide the rationale for implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services in healthcare settings to identify and manage psychoactive substance misuse in patients.  The session will cover strategies and key challenges in planning and implementing SBIRT services, as well as use of standardized screening tools, best-practice interventions, and referral models.

There is no fee for this program, but registration is required.  Continuing education credits are available.  This session is part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) series.

  • Click here to register for this Thursday, February 3 session


Building Resilience
Thursday, February 10, 2022 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

As COVID-19 continues to challenge hospital care teams, burnout is a risk and resilience remains a top-cited antidote.  A part of CHA's Leadership Development Series, this interactive, virtual session will present information on the elements of resilience, the science behind how the human brain works when encountering a threat or reward, and strategies that can be used to increase personal resilience. 


$100 per employee of CHA member organizations
$150 per employee of non-member organizations

  • Click here to register for this Thursday, February 10 session


Issue-based Forum: Responding to Patients Who Report a Sexual Assault
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (For nurses and healthcare educators)
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. (For physicians, physician assistants and APRNs)
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. (For physicians, physician assistants and APRNs)
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 3:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. (For nurses and healthcare educators)
Virtual Sessions

It is critically important for healthcare personnel to understand and address the specialized needs of a patient who reports a sexual assault.  It is not enough to be a skilled healthcare professional. One must provide a patient-centered clinical response, while remaining an unbiased member of the evidence collection processall while delivering care as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team.  CHA is pleased to provide a two-hour virtual training session for physicians and other providers sharing background on the care of adolescent and adult patients reporting a sexual assault.  CHA is offering a similar three-hour training session for nurses and healthcare educators that includes the background training plus a step-by-step explanation of the components of the CT100B and CT400A Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits.


$30 per person for the provider sessions and $10 per person for the nurse sessions. This program is open to CHA members only.

  • Click here to register for this Tuesday, February 22 session for nurses 
  • Click here to register for this Wednesday, February 23 session for providers
  • Click here to register for this Tuesday, March 22 session for providers
  • Click here to register for this Wednesday, March 23 session for nurses