Southwestern AHEC
5 Research Drive
2nd Floor
Shelton CT 06484-6288
Contact Information
Address 5 Research Drive
2nd Floor
Shelton, CT 06484-6288
Telephone (203) 372-5503 x14
Fax 203-513-2834
E-mail mferraro@swctahec.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

Southwestern AHEC's mission is "Opening doors to better health in underserved populations through education, careers and outreach.” 

We do this by “Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health.”  

Our programs focus on:

  • Community Health Workers (CHW)– We are working to develop recognition and support of the CHW workforce in CT.  This is supporting the CHW Association of CT which is developing the definition, roles, scope of work and presence of CHWs.  As part of the State Innovation Model, we are working to identify how CHWs can be recognized and to create a recognized, and sustainable CHW workforce in CT.  The CT AHEC Network provides grassroots training, and specialized education for CHWs, and technical assistance to employers and supervisors who are working with the CHW workforce.
  • Health Careers Diversity – Building a diverse healthcare workforce by engaging kids K- 16 in learning about health careers and the health care field.
  • Children's Immunizations – Working to achieve a 90% and above level of immunization in children ages 0-2 years in the Bridgeport community,
  • Connecting Oral Health and Medical Health – to identify ways to improve overall health by educating providers, consumers and communities about how the oral health links to general health.

Our success is built on building relationships and working to highlight our strengths and, the strengths of our community partners.  Our impact is stronger when we link our programs to complement others in the community. 

A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
Southwestern AHEC recognizes that there are excellent candidates for our Community Health Worker Core Competency Training who may not be able to afford the full cost of the training program.  Donations received through The Great Give 2017 will be used for scholarships for CHW trainees in 2016-2017, and for curriculum development.  Thank you for helping to make this important training program accessible to deserving health workers throughout CT!  
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Dec 31 2017
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2003
Former Names
Southwestern AHEC at Sacred Heart University
Southwestern AHEC at Housatonic Community College
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Meredith C Ferraro
Board Chair Dr. Marilyn Camacho
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bassick High School, Bridgeport Board of Education
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $735,845.00
Projected Expenses $725,422.00
Statements
Mission

Southwestern AHEC's mission is "Opening doors to better health in underserved populations through education, careers and outreach.” 

We do this by “Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health.”  

Our programs focus on:

  • Community Health Workers (CHW)– We are working to develop recognition and support of the CHW workforce in CT.  This is supporting the CHW Association of CT which is developing the definition, roles, scope of work and presence of CHWs.  As part of the State Innovation Model, we are working to identify how CHWs can be recognized and to create a recognized, and sustainable CHW workforce in CT.  The CT AHEC Network provides grassroots training, and specialized education for CHWs, and technical assistance to employers and supervisors who are working with the CHW workforce.
  • Health Careers Diversity – Building a diverse healthcare workforce by engaging kids K- 16 in learning about health careers and the health care field.
  • Children's Immunizations – Working to achieve a 90% and above level of immunization in children ages 0-2 years in the Bridgeport community,
  • Connecting Oral Health and Medical Health – to identify ways to improve overall health by educating providers, consumers and communities about how the oral health links to general health.

Our success is built on building relationships and working to highlight our strengths and, the strengths of our community partners.  Our impact is stronger when we link our programs to complement others in the community. 

Background

The federal Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program was developed by Congress in 1971 under Title VII to inspire, train, recruit and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations.  Through this infrastructure, AHECs help bring the resources of academic medicine to bear in addressing local community health needs.  

An imbalance in the quality of and access to health and health care across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups are reflected in racial and ethnic disparities in health status and the under-representation of minority and disadvantaged individuals in the health workforce. AHEC programs play a key role in correcting these inequities and strengthening the nation’s health care safety net. Through community-based training programs, AHECs inspire, train, recruit and retain a diverse and broad range of health care professionals to practice in communities who need them most.   

The Connecticut AHEC Program was established in 1995 by the Connecticut General Assembly, and received its initial federal funding from Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 1997. Southwestern AHEC was established in 1998 as a center to serve southern Fairfield and New Haven counties at Housatonic Community College.  In 2002, Southwestern AHEC moved to Sacred Heart University for the purpose of seeking other funding sources, and to become a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  In January of 2006 Southwestern AHEC, Inc. left Sacred Heart to reconfigure and implement its 501(c)(3) status.  

We began our non-profit status in January 2006 with one employee, and gradually hired 5 more in the next year.  Located in Trumbull, we continued to expand our presence in the local high schools and colleges for our health careers awareness and pipeline programs.  We developed relationships with community health centers and other community agencies.  We facilitated an oral health collaborative for 8 years called Oral Health - Bridgeport Initiative, which successfully improved access to oral health for children and adults in Bridgeport and Stratford, and improved the capacity to provide care in the safety net facilities and schools.  With over $1 million in funding from the CT Health Foundation, the infrastructure and awareness of oral health continues to exist in the greater Bridgeport Community.   
 
Today, we are in Shelton, and continue to operate successfully in our communities!
Impact

In FY 2016 SWAHEC expanded programming with funds from the State Innovation Model (SIM) grant, DPH's CT Early Detection and Prevention Program (CEDPP) and Immunization Action Plan Program, the National AHEC Organization's HPV Immunization Program, & several smaller grants.  Our successes include:
  1. Leading the SIM  Community Health Worker (CHW) Advisory Committee, who is to develop recommendations for training, promotion, utilization and certification of CHWs. We have a recommended CHW definition, and Scope of Work for CT CHWs based on the National C3 Standards. We co-sponsored the May CHW Symposium, which brought in national experts and local advocates to strategize about CHW integration. Resultant input was gathered about CHW Scope of Work, Certification and Training, and Sustainable Funding mechanisms, to provide starting information for the CHW Advisory Committee, to begin developing a policy framework.   
  2. Provided CHW core competency training and fieldwork assessments for 11 Community Health Navigators (also called CHWs) at 11 CEDPP provider sites.  Technical assistance and support was provided to the CHWs as their internships became FT employment,
  3. The IAP Program's goal is to have all children 0-2 y.o. in Bridgeport fully immunized.  In working with local pediatric practices, health and service agencies, Southwestern AHEC has increased the vaccine rate of two year olds by 20%, and the number of children with an identified primary care provider 41% over the last decade.
  4. SW AHEC is the statewide coordinator for the National AHEC Organization's “Raising HPV Immunization Rates through Provider Education.”  Training for 375 primary care providers was completed, meeting our goal of getting more PCP's to stress importance of vaccinations to patients and families..  
  5. Health careers pipeline programs of 20+ hours had 534 participants, and 1,531 students participated in one day programs.  89% strongly agreed that they will consider a future career in a health profession. 
Needs

Southwestern AHEC's most pressing needs are to gain new funding streams to enhance and maintain programs.  This includes:  
1.  Obtain funding to support administrative and/or secretarial support. $25K (Part Time)

2.  Update and complete Salesforce data infrastructure by training staff, uploading data and implementing its use for grant tracking and

3. Obtain Furniture for new employees and our conference/training room in our new space,   $25 - 30K
 
4.  Marketing and Branding development and plan, with implementation to include new Website and Social media strategies.  $20K
 

5.  Volunteers with experience for initiating a Development program.  Funds and private donations are needed to build a base of fiscal support so as not to rely so entirely on grants and soft money.  This is a priority, yet time constraints on staff and current Board members have left limited resources to get it done. 

CEO Statement

Since its inception in 1998, Southwestern AHEC has grown to be a leader in providing students with information about health careers.  Our Health Occupations & Technology (H.O.T.) Guide has over 80 health careers that are offered by educational programs and institutions in Connecticut.  It is available online at www.healthcareersinct.com.  Working with underserved, first generation potential college students has provided us with insight into ways to assist these students in becoming future health care workers.  This is our 6th year of engaging AmeriCorps volunteers in health professions training programs, to mentor our high school and college students who participate in our Youth Health Service Corps (YHSC) and Collegiate Health Service Corps (CHSC) programs. The AmeriCorps members serve as peer models, working together with the YHSC and CHSC students to complete service learning projects to benefit our local communities and their health. 

In our experience in working with youth, it is apparent that cultural sensitivity and awareness need to be introduced to students in middle and high school - so, that they will have a better understanding of themselves and appreciate others for their similarities and differences. The YHSC and CHSC programs, and our Public Health Ambassador presentation, address these issues, as well as other environmental and social determinants of health.

 Southwestern AHEC prides itself on being able to broker, and act as a neutral party to bring various parties together about issues that they have in common.  We have been successful in running the ORBIT (Oral Health-Bridgeport) collaborative for 12 years.  This collaborative meets to share knowledge, experiences and funding, to promote access to oral health care for the residents of Bridgeport and Stratford.  Our success with our oral health programs and partnerships provides us with the ability to participate on state level programs and partnerships.  We are pleased to serve as the Co-Vice Chair of CT’s Coalition for Oral Health.  
Through our organization's own programs, as well as our support to many national, state and local partners, we seek, each day, to meet the challenges of enhancing access to quality healthcare in Southwestern CT, via education, workforce development and community collaborations. 
Board Chair Statement

This year Southwestern AHEC is celebrating the expansion of our programs for each of our focus areas: Connecting Students to Careers,
Professionals to Communities,
and Communities to Better
Health
.  Our outreach and educational programs now extend into each end of our service region: New Haven, Norwalk and Stamford. Southwestern AHEC is making an impact in our communities by building a more diverse future health care workforce, contributing educational programs for healthier communities, and improving access to quality health care.

In particular, 2015/2016 has brought us closer to our goal of elevating Community Health Workers to full partnership on the primary health care team. Federal and state grants have enabled us to hire additional CHW program staff, who are involved in training CHWs and in exploring opportunities for credentialing and securing reimbursement for CHW services.
 
We are very proud to say that our success is built on strong collaborative partnerships that enhance our commitment to improving the health of our communities.  As our relationships grow and flourish, we look forward to the future, knowing that our vision, commitment and concern will continue to impact lives and bring positive change to our underserved communities in southwestern Connecticut.
 
The Board of Directors and Staff of Southwestern AHEC, Inc. are excited about our future, and thank you for all of your support.

Cordially,
Dr. Marilyn Camacho, President, Board of Directors
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Health Support
Secondary Organization Category Education / Secondary & High Schools
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Human Services
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
West Haven
Woodbridge
Southwestern AHEC's region extends from Greenwich to Madison, including southern Fairfield and New Haven counties.  The towns and cities outside of greater New Haven include Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding, Weston, Easton, Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Trumbull and Monroe.  Although much of the region is affluent, many of Connecticut's neediest residents reside in the urban areas, and are able to have access to our programs.
As part of the CT AHEC Network, Southwestern AHEC is the Lead agency for implementing the Community Health Worker Initiative statewide.  We will be working closely with the 3 other AHEC centers as we implement the SIM work and other grant and training programs.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments As the Executive Director of Southwestern AHEC, it is a pleasure to be able to work in our communities and make an impact, albeit small.  As the agency begins to grow with the Community Health Worker initiative, and in providing grass roots training in the core competencies, we look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise with others.  We are starting an educational initiative about HPV and training healthcare providers in how to deal with the epidemic of HPV incidence in our young people.  Our agency is nimble and able to respond with efficiency and effectiveness to emergent needs in our region and state.  We thank everyone for their continued support.
Programs
Description
Our Health Careers programs seek to recruit a more diverse future healthcare workforce, for long term improved access to health care, reducing health disparities, and recruit/retain health care professionals serving underserved and vulnerable communities. Programs include:
  • Youth Health Service Corps (high school) - Service Learning
  • Collegiate Health Service Corps (college) - Service Learning
  • Is a Health Career for You?  K-12 hands on activities with guest speakers and health topics; Gear Up, Goodwill
  • Health Profession Student E-Mentoring with High School Medical Careers students. 
  • "Investigations in Health Careers" course instructor at Housatonic Community College.  It is a College Credit Pathway Course for Stratford HS.
  • "Seminar in Health Professions" at the University of Bridgeport provides students with introductions to various health professions through guest speakers.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Students create a service learning project on a health topic for a specific topic.  They complete research, are exposed to health careers professionals who do work related to the health topic, and present to a group of children, peers, adults, senior citizens, etc.  The model for the service learning projects are based on the Five Stages of Service Learning (IPARD/C):
Investigation, Preparation, Action, Reflection, Demonstration and Celebration.  This allows for students to reflect on personal growth as it applies to providing service to the community.   The curriculum and service learning projects also incorporate the National Health Care Skills Standards (NHCSS), and the 21st Century Skills which are reinforced as the students complete the service learning projects.  80% of the students who begin the service learning projects will demonstrate personal growth and achievement, and successful us of the applying the NHCSS and 21st Century Skills in preparation for a future career in the health field.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Long term success is monitored by program participants entering a health professions program, and, eventually working in health care.  Course evaluations are completed by participants.
Description

The goal of the IAP Program is to increase children’s immunization levels, with a focus on 0-2 year olds. Key activities of the IAP Program are:

  • Improve vaccine delivery to participating pediatric offices
  • Track individual children’s vaccination histories, using CIRTS (Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System)
  • Locate children “lost” to tracking, through collaborative efforts with community partners
  • Conduct community outreach to targeted parents and pregnant women
  • Provide education and assessment opportunities to participating pediatric offices
  • Conduct promotional campaigns during national immunization recognition week and month

Significant Achievements:

  • The Bridgeport immunization rate has increased from 65% in 2006 to 78% in 2011.  The efficacy rate of finding children who have not received their vaccinations is 96%.
  • Southwestern AHEC hosts a Bridgeport Immunization Advisory Council to provide vaccine updates and share best practices among pediatric and family practices.
  • Staff created “CIRTS BINGO” for use as a training tool for local parents and community service agency staff.  Since 2008 and 2009, more than 400 parents have learned about the CT vaccine registry through this fun and informative tool.
  • Outreach is conducted each year at numerous community health fairs, schools, social service agencies and faith-based organizations, reaching hundreds of parents with information about preventable disease, immunizations and the CIRTS program.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / At-Risk Populations / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. All children will receive their immunizations and will receive them in a timely manner.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Pediatric Providers participating in VFC program; Number of children who are up to date with their vaccines, and an improved overall immunization rate for Bridgeport.
Description
The goal of the Community Health Program (CHW) developed by the Southwestern AHEC is provide training, education and support for the development of the CHW workforce in CT.  The Community Health Workers Association of CT has been launched, and is assisting CHWs in being recognized as vital workforce for improving access to quality health care by linking vulnerable and at-risk populations to health care resources in Connecticut.
 
Three documents have been developed:  A White Paper on Community Health Workers in CT, The Business Case for Community Health Workers in CT, and the results of CHW and Employer Surveys in CT:  Community Health Workers:  Connecticut.  Research has been completed on : “Achieving the Triple Aim through Community Health Workers: Payment Models Aligned with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “ This research consisted of determining how CHWs were being paid for, in the newly developing care delivery models with health reform, and more specifically the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' State Innovation Model grantees.
The potential for the CHW field is enormous as research shows they improve the integration of service delivery, and contribute to reducing health disparities.
 
Southwestern AHEC is the lead agency for the CT AHEC Network's CHW Initiative in the CT State Innovation Model testing grant project.  This initiative is focusing on Community Health Workforce Development, Community and Clinical Integration program, Infrastructure and Policy and Education and Community Integration.
Population Served At-Risk Populations / Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Community Health Workers will be recognized as having a vital role in health delivery by every type of health and human service setting, including hospitals, health departments, clinics, human service organizations, church-based organizations, ethnic organizations, and groups which promote the interests of special populations such as pregnant women and children, or those at risk for HIV/AIDS.  CHWs and employers will recognize the importance of training and mastering outreach competencies.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Community Health Workers will be recognized as health care extenders in the community to improve access, improve quality of care, and lower costs of health care.  The CHW Association of CT will serve all CHWs as a statewide Network that serves as their professional organization.  CHWs will be recognized and reimbursed for their services in the health insurance/delivery system. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Surveys to identify who the CHWs in CT are.
Research of credentialing processes in other states, with recommendations for CT.
Payers will identify methods to pay for CHW services.
Medical providers and systems will understand CHWs' value, and how to utilize CHWs to meet the Triple Aim.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
CHW's will be recognized under the one name of "Community Health Workers".  CHWs are included in the State Innovation Model Testing grant awarded to CT and will be included in the Advanced Glide Path model, Prevention Service Centers and Health Neighborhoods.
 
Description Southwestern AHEC is the designated agency in Connecticut for the National AHEC Organization HPV Immunization Project.  This CDC funding is for providing education to health professionals regarding the Human Papillomavirus vaccine.   We are providing clinician outreach and training, disseminating educational materials, increasing and forming strong partnerships with national and state organizations and health professionals in schools, and promoting prioritization of HPV vaccination efforts.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Adults / US
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. This project is just beginning for us as of August 2015.  By the end of the 2015-16 project year, 75% of the providers trained will report that they have delivered the HPV vaccine to 11 - 25 y.o. men and women.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. By providing education about the importance of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV), 75 more health care providers will be trained in 2015, and 300 more in 2016.  The ultimate success will be tracked in time, with the use of public data in some cases.  Over time, the incidence of HPV and its associated cancers should decrease with the use of the vaccinations, and therefore decrease the epidemic of HPV in adolescents and young adults.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Program training evaluations will track the knowledge learned, and follow up with the trainees will provide information about the use of HPV in their practice.  Data tracking will be followed by CDC. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Summaries of evaluations and case scenarios will be utilized to provide examples of program success.
Program Comments
CEO Comments Southwestern AHEC's programs are tailored to meet our mission by "Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health."  Every program includes each of the three areas of the mission.
CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Meredith C Ferraro
Term Start Sept 1998
Email mferraro@swctahec.org
Experience
2006 ~ Present          Executive Director, Southwestern Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Inc.
 
2002 ~ 2005             Executive Director, Southwestern Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Sacred Heart University

1998 ~ 2002             Executive Director, Southwestern Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Housatonic Community College

1994 ~ 1998             Assistant Professor and ACCE, Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Housatonic Community College

1992 ~ 1997             Hand Therapist, per diem, Riverview Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, HealthSouth, Advantage Health Hand and Arthritis Therapy Center, Stewart Hand Therapy, Greenwich Hand Therapy

1994 ~ 1995             Physical Therapist, per diem. United Home Care

1989 ~ 1992             Private Practice. Meredith C. Ferraro, MS, PT. Upper Extremity and Hand Rehabilitation, Stony Brook, NY                               

1989 ~ 1991             Adjunct Assistant Professor. Touro College, Physical Therapy Program

1987 ~ 1988             Acting Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Touro College, Physical                                            Therapy Program

1985 ~ 1987             Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Buffalo, P.T. Program.

1979 ~ 1987             Senior Physical Therapist, University Hospital, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY   11794. Established Hand Therapy services; developed Clinical Education program for PT students in the Hand Therapy specialty.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Program Manager
Title Program Coordinator
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Access Health CT
Aging With Grace Program
Alpha Community Services
Bassick High School, Bridgeport
Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
Bridgeport Dental Association
Bunnell High School, Stratford
Center for Family Justice
Central High School, Bridgeport
City of Bridgeport Health & Social Services
Community Health Network
Connecticut Oral Health Initiative
CT Dental Health Partnership
CT DPH
CT DSS
Fairfield County Environmental Justice Network
Fairfield County Med Assn
Fairfield University
Fones School of Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport
GlaxoSmithKline
Greater Bridgeport Latino Network
Greater Bridgeport Medical Assn
Hall Neighborhood House
Harding High School, Bridgeport
Healthy Neighbors Program
Hill Regional Career High School, New Haven
Housatonic Community College
Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
Martha’s Place
MedImmune
Merck Vaccines
Muhammad Islamic Center
Multicultural Health Partnership
Office of Healthcare Advocate
Pfizer Vaccines
Quinnipiac University
Sacred Heart University
Sanofi Pasteur Vaccines
Southern Connecticut State University
St. Vincent’s Medical Center
Stratford Health Department
Stratford High School
Christian Community Action
The Workplace
United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
University of Bridgeport
Upward Bound
West Haven VA Hospital
WIC Program
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits2006
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Leadership AwardConnecticut's Coalition for Oral Health Plan2007
Most Improved Immunization ProgramState of Connecticut Dept. of Public Health Immunization Program2010
Community Partner AwardCoonecticut State Dental Association2011
Courageous Community Leadership ProgramWm. Caspar Graustein Foundation2013
Comments
CEO Comments The last three years have been challenging with finances, yet we have been able to downsize and become more efficient.  With strong, committed staff, we are able to continue to work hard, and achieve good outcomes.  We have been able to pursue our dreams with Community Health Worker programming, which has provided the agency with more visibility.  We are also dedicated to health reform and served as the Navigator for Fairfield County in 2013-14, and had an Assister in 2014-15.  We look forward to future opportunities and growth, as we are now part of the SIM CHW initiative, and we are working with DPH on developing training and implementing it for CHWs on WISEWOMAN, Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Oral Health.
Board Chair
Dr. Marilyn Camacho
Company Affiliation Bassick High School, Bridgeport Board of Education
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Meredith Ferraro MSSouthwestern AHEC
Erin McDermott Habitat for Humanity
Diane Pospisil APRNHartford Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Ms. Michelle Rodgers LCSWFamily & Children's Aid, Shelton, CT
Karen Smith MSWSouthwest Community Health Center
Fiore Soviero PA-CQuinnipiac University PA Program
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 1
Board Co-Chair
Ms. Diane Pospisil APRN
Company Affiliation Waterbury Hospital
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Email dp85rn@gmail.com
Standing Committees
Audit
By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Nominating
CEO Comments
Southwestern AHEC's Board of Directors is actively engaged.  Focus is now on funding streams, and improving the viability of the agency.  
 
Funding in this climate continues to be a challenge that Southwestern AHEC is gradually overcoming. The organization has three full time staff members, who complete programmatic work.  We have 3 AmeriCorps members who assist with the Health Careers Programs.  Administrative/office work takes a significant portion of the Executive Director's time.   Downsizing has afforded us the opportunity to review, reflect, rebuild and reinforce our strategic direction. 
 
This funding challenge fits directly into the Board's Action Plan from the retreat with the work focusing on:  Fund Development and Organizational Sustainability, continual Board Development, and overall Organizational Development.  Opportunity knocks!

 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2017
Projected Revenue $735,845.00
Projected Expenses $725,422.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
The Business Case for Community Health Workers2014View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$5,127$53,850$1,199
Government Contributions$331,762$372,166$390,481
Federal------
State$109,876$109,876$109,876
Local------
Unspecified$221,886$262,290$280,605
Individual Contributions------
------
$24,790$66,717$4,020
Investment Income, Net of Losses--($8,963)--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$1,873--$1,512
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$900$561$619
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$296,449$347,170$269,586
Administration Expense$74,256$92,805$106,699
Fundraising Expense$24,380$27,543$28,581
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.921.040.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%74%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%6%7%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$144,770$170,065$412,644
Current Assets$131,617$152,951$393,563
Long-Term Liabilities----$261,648
Current Liabilities$55,806$50,468$48,212
Total Net Assets$88,964$119,597$102,784
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAHEC-UCHC $229,269AHEC-UCHC $264,946AHEC-UCHC $263,933
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDPH Immunization $109,876DPH Immunization $109,876DPH Immunization $109,876
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Health Foundation $5,000Access Health CT - OHA $65,000 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.363.038.16
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%63%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
After having several challenging years, our experience in training and working with Community Health Workers (CHWs) over the last 15 years has proven to be rewarding.  We have begun to offer more CHW core competency training, and plan to expand this as one of our standard program offerings.
 
As part of the State Innovation Model Grant, we are working with a CHW Advisory Committee to develop policy recommendations for the use and sustainability of the CHW workforce in Connecticut.  We are working with national experts, and serve on a Common Core Indicator work group with the goal of identifying indicators and metrics which will provide representation of the valuable work of CHWs in their communities.
 
This year we are working closely with the State Innovation Model contractors to provide technical assistance to them for integrating Community Health Workers into clinical practice.  We are also working with the DPH Office of Oral Health on their HRSA Workforce grant to develop curriculum for CHWs about oral health with special emphasis on pregnancy, children 0-5 and the older adult.  It is truly important to have CHWs integrate prevention and wellness into their work with clients and families in their communities.  
 
We are excited to have achieved recognition in the CHW initiative, which has led to contracts to improve our fiscal status this new fiscal year.  We look forward to continued and thoughtful expansion and continued fiscal success.
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Address 5 Research Drive
2nd Floor
Shelton, CT 064846288
Primary Phone 203 372-5503 14
Contact Email mferraro@swctahec.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Meredith C Ferraro
Board Chair Dr. Marilyn Camacho
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bassick High School, Bridgeport Board of Education

 

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