January 20, 2016

Patient Family Engagement Conference: Communicating Clearly Across the Continuum

Partner organizations from around the state gathered to learn how patient portals, portable medical records, and the current laws and regulations that govern patient access to information can be used to support the work of Patient and Family Advisory Councils.  The Choosing Wisely Collaborative shared resource information from the Choosing Wisely campaign and provided real life examples on how Choosing Wisely is engaging consumers and patients at the workplace, in the community and in clinical settings


Urban Service Track Project on Antibiotic Use

In 2014, Donaghue and other CCWC members

sponsored an Urban Service Track Internship on antibiotic use in primary care settings with the goal of gaining insight on antibiotic prescribing practices and the Choosing Wisely® patient education brochures.

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June 5, 2015

Better Health Conference 2015
On June 5, 2015, nearly 500 consumers and healthcare professionals jointly attended the second annual Better Health: It’s Your Health, Take Charge Conference.  Attendees learned why everyone should be active consumers of healthcare and how they could become activated consumers and participants in their own health and healthcare.  Chuck Bell, Programs Director, Consumer Reports gave the lunchtime keynote ”Choosing Wisely: More Medicine Doesn’t Mean Better Medicine.”

Left to Right: Donald Brady, MD, Vanderbilt - Mark Safalow, MD, Middlesex Hospital - Meghan Kapp, MD, Vanderbilt - Anne Elwell, MPH, Qualidigm - Nancy Yedlin, Donaghue Foundation - Wade Iams, MD, Vanderbilt - Mary Cooper, MD, Connecticut Hospital Association

Past Events

Lauren Vo, whose work with the CCWC is in its second year, recently earned her Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.   As a Choosing Wisely Fellow, she provides support to the CCWC’s Connecticut Health Foundation grant titled “Enhancing Patient/Clinician Communication: Leveraging Choosing Wisely® as a Tool for Achieving Health Equity” to pilot Choosing Wisely materials and conversation tools with underserved populations.  Lauren recently joined the Connecticut Center for Primary Care and is working on a study focused on re-aligning primary care for geriatric patients according to the patient’s goals.

Max Friedman, who began his work as a Choosing Wisely Fellow in May 2016, supports the CCWC leadership Council co-chairs and members on a range of projects and follows developments in research and policy related to Choosing Wisely, high value care, patient engagement and other related topics. Max also works for the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut assisting with development, where he served as the Foundation’s Policy Intern from 2014 to 2016. Max has a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Connecticut.

December 9, 2015

Choosing Wisely: Vanderbilt's Experience

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been implementing Choosing Wisely recommendations on select inpatient services, engaging first-year residents to senior hospital leaders. Speakers from Vanderbilt provided an overview of their experience including successes, challenges, and outcomes. This program came together based on a joint effort by the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA), the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative, Middlesex Hospital and Qualidigm.

June 3, 2016

The 3rd Annual Better Health Conference took place at Foxwoods Resort Casino.  This regional event focused on advancing the movement towards a more engaged consumer of healthcare and provided an opportunity for consumers to learn together with providers, administrators, and health plan personnel from national and local thought leaders about trends in the healthcare industry.  The CCWC hosted a breakout session entitled "Choosing Wisely ®:  Helping Providers, Employees and Consumers Make Smart and Effective Health Care Choices."

News & Events

December 2, 2015

CCWC Nominated as a Finalist for Healthcare Heroes Award

The Health Care Heroes Awards (a yearly program produced by the Hartford Business Journal) identifies outstanding leaders in the health care industry who are the epitome of a "hero."  The CCWC was proud to be nominated in the "Advancement in Healthcare - Innovation" category.

The Collaborative is fortunate to have two Choosing Wisely Fellows supporting its work to promote Choosing Wisely® in Connecticut. Lauren Vo and Max Friedman both work on a part-time basis and undertake a variety of programmatic and administrative activities to assist the members of the CCWC Leadership Council.

Meet our Choosing Wisely Fellows

March 14, 2015

Connecticut Choosing Wisely® Summit 2015
On March 14, 2015, the CCWC brought together hundreds of like-minded healthcare providers and consumers for an informative event at Quinnipiac University to learn more about this initiative.

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