TANGO Member Showcase -October 2021
Community Health & Wellness Center (CHWC)
CHWC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) committed to keeping the communities we serve healthy. We are dedicated to making a difference in strengthening and enhancing the overall population health in a compassionate, patient-centered environment. CHWC services are accessible and provided without discrimination, with cultural competence, and where all people matter, regardless of their ability to pay. We accept most insurances, including Medicaid, and no one is every turned away from care.
Services We Provide
CHWC provides its services to approximately 6,000 patients in NW Connecticut from our Torrington and Winsted offices, and we are in the process of adding a third location with a 7,400 square-foot, newly-constructed facility in the town of North Canaan. Our services include:
–comprehensive primary care
–behavioral health services
–chronic care management
–outpatient Suboxone Therapy
–Torrington onsite pharmacy with free delivery
–In addition, CHWC is providing behavioral health services in Torrington High School, Torrington Middle School, and all four of the town’s elementary schools.
–In November, CHWC is expanding its role as a School-Based Health Center (SBHC) by offering primary medical services in the Torrington school system.
–In 2021, CHWC purchased a mobile medical unit (MMU), “BETTY,” which will Bring Exceptional Treatment To You. BETTY enables us to travel to various locations throughout the northwest region, providing access to a variety of healthcare services, eliminating barriers to care, and building a stronger, healthier community. BETTY is an important community asset that helps to address social disparities and inequities often found among vulnerable and underserved populations.
— During the height of the pandemic, CHWC dedicated its staff and its resources to provide more than 5,000 residents COVID testing, at no charge
This fall, CHWC received two awards from HRSA:
–CHWC was one of six health centers in Connecticut to receive a Uniform Data System (UDS) Quality Award for “Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Improvement.” UDS is an annual reporting system that provides standardized information about the performance and operation of health centers delivering health care services to underserved communities and vulnerable populations.
–CHWC also received an award recognizing its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) status. The Patient-Centered Medical home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. PCMHs build better relationships between patients and their clinical care teams, and practices that earn this recognition have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care.
In fall 2021, CHWC was one of only 27 health centers nationally to receive a grant from The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help expand its SBHC services.
On October 15th, CHWC organized and hosted a round-table discussion at its Torrington office with Attorney General William Tong and other dignitaries including State Representative for the 64th District Maria Horn; State Representative for the 65th District Michelle Cook; Nancy Heaton, CEO, Foundation for Community Health; Lori Fedewa, Director, Office or Rural Health; Andrea Rynn, Assistance Vice President, Community Government and Public Relations, Nuvance Health; Mark Hirko, MD, President, Sharon Hospital. The purpose of the discussion was to address the lack of primary care providers in towns north of Torrington; dispel the myth that poverty does not exist in those service areas; demonstrate chronic conditions are prevalent; and explore other data that may provide insights into the needs of residents.
TANGO’s Impact on CHWC
TANGO is an invaluable resource! We are delighted to be a member, connecting us to other vital nonprofits and to TANGO’s special partners. The array of educational workshops and events TANGO hosts cover many important topics which serve to increase our knowledge, improve our expertise, and allow us as an organization to become more effective and responsive.