Patient Rights

Understand your rights as a patient
and become your own advocate

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Healthcare Technology

Discover how the use of technology in
healthcare can facilitate better health
outcomes

Caregivers

Learn about the changing dynamic of caregiving, resources and laws

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Speakers Bureau

Connecticut Partners for Health member organizations offer free presentations for your community, organization or group.

Our Speaker’s Bureau is designed to respond to the growing interests of our communities, in everything from health literacy, to patient rights and electronic health information.

Speakers are scheduled as available, on a first-come basis. In order to provide sufficient time to search for an appropriate speaker, please submit your request 6-8 weeks prior to the date of the event. Click here to fill out a speaker request form.

Click through our current catalog of speaking topics below.

Transitions of Care

Learn about how to make sure that all important information is communicated to all of the healthcare providers that take care of the same person.

Speaker Information

Qualidigm: Qualidigm’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare through transformational change. Qualidigm provides consulting services to public and private sector clients nationwide. These services include consulting, data analysis, health information technology, patient safety, quality improvement, and utilization review. Qualidigm is part of a team that is serving as the Medicare Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) under contract with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for New England.  Qualidigm is also a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) as designated by the State of Connecticut.  Further information is available at www.qualidigm.org.

Click here to fill out a speaker request form.

Mental Health Parity

Did you know that there are federal and state laws that require your health insurance plan to cover mental health and substance abuse the same way it covers other health conditions? Find out what health plans are required to cover.

Speaker Information

State of Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA): OHA assists and educates consumers: to make informed decisions when selecting a health plan; to understand their rights and responsibilities regarding their health plan; to advocate on their own behalf when they have a problem or concern about their health plan; and to resolve problems with their health plans including appeals of denials on their behalf.  OHA identifies issues, trends and problems that may require executive, regulatory or legislative intervention. A representative from OHA will provide a specific, individualized presentation to your group in English and/or Spanish. For further information go to www.ct.gov/oha.

Click here to fill out a speaker request form.

Patient Rights

Do you know and understand your rights as a patient? When hospitalized or under medical care, you are in a vulnerable position. A thorough knowledge of your rights to can help you to make informed choices and to be your own advocate.

Speaker Information

Please indicate your preference for a speaker from the options below.

Office of the Healthcare Advocate: OHA assists and educates consumers to make informed decisions when selecting a health plan, educate consumers about their rights and how to advocate on their own behalf when they have a problem or concern about their health plan, educate consumers about their rights and responsibilities regarding their health plan, assist consumers to resolve problems with their health plans including appeals of denials on their behalf. OHA identifies issues, trends and problems that may require executive, regulatory or legislative intervention. For more information, go to www.ct.gov/oha.

HIMSS: Mary P. Griskewicz, MS, is the Director of Strategic Sales for the HIMSS, North America. She is an author and a national speaker on personal health and health information technologies. Her most recent publication is Participatory Healthcare: A Person-Centered Approach to Healthcare Transformation, CRC Press, 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Central Connecticut State University.

Click here to fill out a speaker request form.

Caregivers

Caregiving may be one of the most important and complicated roles you will ever take on in your life. Learn about the changing dynamic of caregiving, resources, and laws that will help make the journey more manageable for you and your loved one.

Speaker Information

Please indicate your preference for a speaker from the options below.

AARP: A nonprofit, nonpartisan social mission organization with a membership of 38 million nationwide and over 600,000 in CT. Our members and volunteers work to strengthen communities and fight for the issues that matter most to families such as health and caregiving, employment and financial resiliency and consumer protections. For more information, go to AARP’s website.

CT Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A)*:The five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) in CT are private, not-for-profit corporations established in CT in 1974 to provide leadership and resources to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population of older adults. The CT Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) is a professional association comprised of all five AAAs. Over the years, our mission has broadened to include outreach and services to individuals with disabilities and family caregivers as well. For more information, go to C4A's website.

*C4A presentations allow for interactive question and answer periods which can be tailored depending on the audience and the length of time. The presentation can be translated into Spanish upon request.

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Health Insurance 101

Find out about the basics of health insurance, whether you are enrolled in Medicare, an ACA plan, or a private insurance plan.

Speaker Information

Please indicate your preference for a speaker from the options below.

Connecticut Department of Social Services: The Department of Social Services’ Division of Healthcare Services administers the state’s Medicaid program as well as a number of home and community based waiver programs. All told, we cover over 700,000 individuals. Presentations will focus on all aspects of Medicaid, and can be tailored to the needs of your group. Further information is available at www.ctdssmap.com or for medical questions www.huskyhealth.com, for dental questions www.ctdhp.com, and for behavioral health www.ctbhp.com.

CT Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A)*:The five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) in CT are private, not-for-profit corporations established in CT in 1974 to provide leadership and resources to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population of older adults. The CT Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) is a professional association comprised of all five AAAs. Over the years, our mission has broadened to include outreach and services to individuals with disabilities and family caregivers as well. For more information on HIMSS, go to the C4A website.

*C4A presentations allow for interactive question and answer periods which can be tailored depending on the audience and the length of time. The presentation can be translated into Spanish upon request.

HIMSS: Mary P. Griskewicz, MS, is the Director of Strategic Sales for the HIMSS, North America. She is an author and a national speaker on personal health and health information technologies. Her most recent publication is Participatory Healthcare: A Person-Centered Approach to Healthcare Transformation, CRC Press, 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Central Connecticut State University. For more information, go to the HIMSS website.

Click here to fill out a speaker request form.

End of Life Decision Making

Learn about end-of-life care options, decision making and how to talk to your loved ones.

Speaker Information

Qualidigm: With its corporate headquarters in Wethersfield, Conn. and offices in Concord, NH; Barre, VT; and Providence, RI, Qualidigm’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare through transformational change. Qualidigm provides consulting services to public and private sector clients nationwide. These services include consulting, data analysis, health information technology, patient safety, quality improvement, and utilization review. Qualidigm is part of a team that is serving as the Medicare Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) under contract with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for New England.  Qualidigm is also a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) as designated by the State of Connecticut. For more information, go to www.qualidigm.org.

Click here to fill out a speaker request form.

Healthcare Technology

Discover how the rapidly developing use of technology in all aspects of healthcare can facilitate better health outcomes. Technology solutions span the healthcare spectrum that includes patients, providers, social services and large hospital and healthcare systems.

Speaker Information

Please indicate your preference for a speaker from the options below.

CT Department of Social Services: The Department of Social Services’ Division of Healthcare Services administers the state’s Medicaid program as well as a number of home and community based waiver programs.  All told, we cover over 700,000 individuals.  Further information is available at www.ctdssmap.com or for medical questions www.huskyhealth.com, for dental questions www.ctdhp.com, and for behavioral health www.ctbhp.com.

HIMSS: Mary P. Griskewicz, MS, is the Director of Strategic Sales for the HIMSS, North America. She is an author and a national speaker on personal health and health information technologies. Her most recent publication is Participatory Healthcare: A Person-Centered Approach to Healthcare Transformation, CRC Press, 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Central Connecticut State University. For more information in HIMSS, visit their website.

Click here to fill out a speaker request form.

Managing Your Own Health

Discover how the rapidly developing use of technology in all aspects of healthcare can facilitate better health outcomes. Technology solutions span the healthcare spectrum that includes patients, providers, social services and large hospital and healthcare systems.

Speaker Information

Please indicate your preference for a speaker from the options below.

CT Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A)*: The five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) in CT are private, not-for-profit corporations established in CT in 1974 to provide leadership and resources to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population of older adults. The CT Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A) is a professional association comprised of all five AAAs. Over the years, our mission has broadened to include outreach and services to individuals with disabilities and family caregivers as well. Further information is available at www.ctagenciesonaging.org.

This presentation is suggested for anyone struggling with the effects of any chronic health conditions; anxiety, back pain, congestive heart failure, you name it. Participants will be introduced to the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program which empowers consumers to take control of their health and improve their quality of life.

*C4A presentations allow for interactive question and answer periods, can be tailored depending on the audience and the length of time, and can be translated into Spanish upon request.

CT Department of Social Services: The Department of Social Services’ Division of Healthcare Services administers the state’s Medicaid program as well as a number of home and community based waiver programs. All told, we cover over 700,000 individuals. Further information is available at www.ctdssmap.com or for medical questions www.huskyhealth.com, for dental questions www.ctdhp.com, and for behavioral health www.ctbhp.com.

Qualidigm: Qualidigm’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare through transformational change. Qualidigm provides consulting services to public and private sector clients nationwide. These services include consulting, data analysis, health information technology, patient safety, quality improvement, and utilization review. Qualidigm is part of a team that is serving as the Medicare Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) under contract with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for New England. Qualidigm is also a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) as designated by the State of Connecticut. Further information is available at www.qualidigm.org.

Click here to fill out a speaker request form.

Understanding Your Health Information

Medical words can often be confusing. This program will help you to become health literate – to understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Speaker Information

Please indicate your preference for a speaker from the options below.

CT Department of Social Services: The Department of Social Services’ Division of Healthcare Services administers the state’s Medicaid program as well as a number of home and community based waiver programs. All told, we cover over 700,000 individuals. Further information is available at www.ctdssmap.com or for medical questions www.huskyhealth.com, for dental questions www.ctdhp.com, and for behavioral health www.ctbhp.com.

Office of the Healthcare Advocate: OHA assists and educates consumers to make informed decisions when selecting a health plan, educate consumers about their rights and how to advocate on their own behalf when they have a problem or concern about their health plan, educate consumers about their rights and responsibilities regarding their health plan, assist consumers to resolve problems with their health plans including appeals of denials on their behalf.  OHA identifies issues, trends and problems that may require executive, regulatory or legislative intervention. For more information, go to www.ct.gov/oha.

HIMSS: Mary P. Griskewicz, MS, is the Director of Strategic Sales for the HIMSS, North America. She is an author and a national speaker on personal health and health information technologies. Her most recent publication is Participatory Healthcare: A Person-Centered Approach to Healthcare Transformation, CRC Press, 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Central Connecticut State University. For more information on HIMSS, visit their website.

Click here to fill out a speaker request form.

Speaker Request Form