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2002 Study Raises Concern Over State's Quality of Life Connecticut's quality of life index rating in 2002 was 64 out of a possible 100, down from a high of 65 in 2001, according to a study by the Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy (FIISP). Other findings include significant gains in some areas and noticeable losses in others. The institute has been studying Connecticut's quality of life by looking at statistics in 11 social problem areas each year since 1970. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_042005.asp Related Link(s): Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy ; State of Connecticut Commission on Children ; The Social State of Connecticut 2004 (Full report - 84 pages, PDF document)

2004 Connecticut Kids Count Data Book: Family Economic Security: Investing in Families . . . Investing in Our Future The Connecticut Association for Human Services has released the 2004 Connecticut KIDS COUNT Data Book, Investing in Families...Investing in our Future, which highlights data and policy information related to family economics. "Connecticut's 2004 Data Book is hopeful - most kids in the state are doing well," says Jude Carroll, the Connecticut KIDS COUNT project director at CAHS, "but future economic success for the state will require responsible planning to take Connecticut to the next level." The Data Book focuses on a specific set of measures that relate to Family Economic Security issues: child poverty, family income, parental employment, homeownership, and more. The report features census and state agency data, recent trends in measures, and policy implications related to the findings. CAHS is the Connecticut grantee for the Annie E. Casey Foundation's national KIDS COUNT initiative. Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) ; Publication Date: May 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_05_2004.asp Related Link(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation: Kids Count ; Tale of Two Connecticut's: 2002-2003 Kids Count Data Book ; Moving From Risk to Opportunity: 2004 National Kids Count Report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

2005 Connecticut Kids Count Data Book: Helping Our Most Vulnerable Families Overcome Barriers to Work and Achieve Financial Success The 2005 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Helping Our Most Vulnerable Families Overcome Barriers to Work and Achieve Financial Success, highlights data and policy information related to family economics. The Data book features ten key measures of child well-being that it has used to track the well-being of children since 1990. The data is used to provide state profiles of child well-being and to rank the states. This edition also includes several background measures related to unemployed parents in each state. (Entire Print Friendly Document - 197 Pages, PDF Document) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: July 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/kidscount_2005.pdf Related Link(s): Kids Count Web Site

2006 Kids Count Data Book: Family, Friend and Neighbor Care: Strengthening a Critical Resource to Help Young Children Succeed The 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Family, Friend and Neighbor Care: Strengthening a Critical Resource to Help Young Children Succeed, highlights data and policy information related to child care provided by friends, family and neighbors. The Data book features ten key measures of child well-being that it has used to track the well-being of children since 1990. The data is used to provide state profiles of child well-being and to rank the states. This edition also includes several background measures related to child care in each state. (Entire Print Friendly Document - 188 Pages, PDF Document) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: July 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/kidscount_2006.pdf Related Link(s): Kids Count Web Site

2009 National KIDS COUNT Data Book The 2009 KIDS COUNT Data Book: Counting What Counts: Taking Results Seriously for Vulnerable Children and Families: The 20th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book profiles the well-being of America’s children on a state-by-state basis and ranks states on 10 key measures of child well-being. The Data Book essay calls for a “data revolution” that uses timely and reliable information to track the progress and improve the lives of vulnerable children. (PDF document, 148 pages) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: July 28, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/kidscount_2009.pdf

2010 Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being The data in this 21st edition of Kids Count present a rich but complex picture of American children. After showing improvement in the late 1990s, overall, child well-being has stagnated since 2000. (PDF document, 60 pages) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: July 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/kidscount_2010.pdf

2012 Farmers’ Market Season The addition of a farmers’ market at the Chrysalis Center on Homestead Avenue will bring the number of such markets in Hartford up to seven — eight, if you include the one at the regional market. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 20, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/realhtfd_052012.asp

A Boost For The Chronically Ill Sin Barreras - Spanish for "without barriers" - aims to help chronically ill Spanish-only speakers in Connecticut navigate the often tangled web of services they need. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_032706.asp

A Call For Relief Montel Williams was the keynote speaker at a recent press conference organized by supporters of a Connecticut bill that would allow residents with serious medical conditions to cultivate and use marijuana for palliative purposes when recommended by a practicing physician. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Region/htfd_courant_032407.asp

A Celebration Of Accomplishments, Goals Latinos/as Contra SIDA, a Hartford-based community services agency that provides care and services to people with HIV/AIDS, celebrated its 20th anniversary recently with the announcement of a new name and a new project that will expand its outreach to families in need. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 24, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_032406.asp

A Crisis of Care When it comes to providing dental care to poor children, Connecticut is at the bottom of the New England states, but the legislature may vote this year to pay more for the children’s care. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 12, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_advocate_041207.asp

A Cure For The Crisis? At the start of the legislative session, an overwhelming majority of Connecticut voters - 84 percent - had indicated in a statewide survey that they favor quality affordable health care for all residents. Employers, consumer and business groups, health care providers and other stakeholders have jumped on the health care reform bandwagon. This article reviews the fragmented and complicated health care system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_052007.asp

A Day Of Triage For The Uninsured Susan Campbell writes about the recent free medical clinic held in Hartford. Eighty-three percent of the people at the clinic held at Connecticut Convention Center have jobs but no insurance, according to the National Association of Free Clinics, which organized the event. All told, 998 people went through 76 examination rooms cordoned off by blue curtains, cared for by 1,200 volunteers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 07, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_020710.asp

A Framework for Health Care Reform for CT This report of the Connecticut Health Insurance Policy Council suggests that health care reform requires three simultaneous actions: improving the health status of Connecticut residents, particularly in regard to lifestyle-based diseases; improving the cost-effectiveness and quality of health care services; and securing access to health insurance for those who lack it. Mere health insurance reform is not enough. (PDF file, 49 pages) Published by Connecticut Health Insurance Policy Council, Inc. ; Publication Date: December 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/CouncilReport.pdf

A Fresh Call For Health Insurance Reform Advocates say that it is finally time to make broad changes in health insurance — an effort that will get a jump-start today in Hartford when the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut unveils its proposal calling for major changes in the health system and a plan that the group says could insure 98 percent of state residents by 2014. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 13, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_011309.asp

A Gift Of Wigs Helps The Sick When the economy pushed Jangwon Son, a graduate of Pratt Institute, back to Connecticut to work full-time in the family's business, Son made the redesign of Hair City, their north Hartford shop, his special project. The bulk of their clientele is African American and Hispanic, says Son. Recently, the business donated wigs to the DIVAS Latina cancer support program at the Hispanic Health Council. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_030310.asp

A Healthy State, But More To Do Connecticut can take pride in its improved ranking as the fourth healthiest state in the nation, up from No. 7 last year. But the latest edition of America's Health Rankings also shows there is room for improvement. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_121410.asp

A Hospital Battle Is Brewing In a bid to preserve a fragile economic peace, top executives from three Hartford-area hospitals gathered at the Avon Old Farms Inn last April for a private meeting with officials from the University of Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 4, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_020407.asp

A Killer Lurks In The Shadows Connecticut's shelters are at capacity now, and so are the ancillary emergency shelters set up to collect the overflow. But just off in the distance broils a menace that promises to blow through the state's carefully constructed homeless programs like a tidal wave through matchsticks. Standing on the shore are shelter workers, substance-abuse counselors, law-enforcement officials and researchers watching the wave set in motion by the highly addictive street drug methamphetamine. The meth frenzy, which started in Hawaii has steadily moved east. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 5, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Drugs/htfd_courant_030506.asp

A Neighborhood Campaign: City Officials Announce Plans to Scour North End, South End for Quality-Of-Life Violations As part of a pilot "quality of life'' initiative, the city's building inspectors, rodent inspectors and health inspectors concentrate their efforts on a neighborhood in the South End and another in the North End, scrutinizing every house for quality-of-life violations, Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 26, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_102604.asp

A New Force: Hartford Firm's Robotics System Helps Children Manage Autism Timothy Gifford isn't looking to cure childhood autism. But he does want to improve the quality of life for children who struggle with it. His company, Movia Robotics LLC, integrates systems in the field of robotics, particularly in the fields of education and therapy. Movia's multifaceted computer program enables a robot to use information from external sensors in a room to provide social cues to a child. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_041312.asp

A New Supermarket in Downtown? If interested parties gain support from the City of Hartford, it is possible that downtown Hartford could have a full-service supermarket offering "culturally" and "demographically-appropriate foods." The Hartford Community Loan Fund and Hartford Food System are working with a yet-to-be-named large, regional supermarket chain which has experience selling healthy food in urban areas. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: March 20, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/realhtfd_032013.asp

A New UConn Hospital Is Vital Rick Green expresses the opinion that an expanded UConn research hospital in Farmington, a regional cancer center, combined with other collaborative efforts with hospitals in Hartford and a "bioscience enterprise zone" in the city will create the estimated 5,000 jobs over the next decade. It's what Hartford should have been doing, instead of building a convention center and a still-unfinished entertainment district. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031210.asp

A Plan To Can The Soda A compromise by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the Senate's top Democrat could yield some of the nation's strongest restrictions on junk food in public schools - one of last year's most contentious legislative issues. Legislative leaders and the Rell administration announced an effort recently to ban soda and encourage healthier snacks and meals in schools. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 2, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_020206.asp

A Prayer For The Poor: Give Husky Another Year Starting in July, Governor M. Jodi Rell wants up to 320,000 Husky clients — most of them children — to move into another health care program. The governor has also combined the bidding process for her flawed Charter Oak Health Plan insurance program with the Husky changes. Writer Susan Campbell agrees with advocates that urge Husky be unchanged for a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 07, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_050708.asp

A Profile of Latino Health in Connecticut: A Case for Change in Policy and Practice This report outlines a crisis in Latino Health in Connecticut and calls for statewide changes in policy and practice. Many critical health issues for the Latino community in Connecticut are addressed, including high rates of diabetes, HIV/AIDS, asthma, food insecurity and teen pregnancy. While this report brings to light significant problems, it also identifies a path for addressing these problems. (PDF file, 100 pages) Published by Hispanic Health Council ; Publication Date: December 12, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/health/Profile_Latino_Health.pdf

A Proposal To Build Our Future On Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has big plans for the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. He wants the state to ante up $254 million in new bond money, part of an $854 million public/private enterprise to renovate research facilities, construct a new patient tower and ambulatory care center and kick-start a program to incubate fledgling bioscience companies, among other things. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_052911.asp

A Test Case On Pregnancy Issues For decades, cities such as Hartford have struggled to safeguard the health of newborns, especially those born to low-income mothers. But despite modest improvements, the efforts have not always been successful. Hartford, Nashville and Los Angeles were chosen for an experiment funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to discover if improving the health of women before they become pregnant may be the secret to safeguarding babies. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 21, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_122106.asp

A Test For Health Care Dr. Larry Deutsch expresses the opinion that Connecticut's hospital emergency departments are overloaded with patients, a situation that creates delays, waste, discomfort and crowding. People who lack adequate insurance and who have limited access to health services arrive with problems that might have been prevented or handled more effectively earlier and elsewhere. The crush in emergency rooms is a key symptom of the need for a new primary care and public health structure, with a universal health plan for all state residents. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 14, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_031407.asp

A Third Alternative In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the question of whether to expand the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington or move it to Hartford has been, to the extent it was discussed at all, presented as an either/or - all in Farmington or all in Hartford. But there is a possible third option, one that would use both Hartford and Farmington. The ideas are worth serious consideration. The choice now is whether to reinforce the mistake of locating the school in Farmington, or leverage the investment into a bigger vision. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 05, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_060511_1.asp

Activist In The Trenches Of Urban Health Roberto Garcia left his mark in Hartford as a community organizer with a strong interest in the health of Hispanics. Although he was an artist and a trained chef, he spent his life working with drug addicts, gang members and people infected with the AIDS virus. Garcia died Feb. 17, 2012 of a heart attack on a day off he had planned to spend with his family. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031112.asp

Activists Make Another Push For State Sick Leave Law A coalition of advocacy groups, led by Connecticut Working Families, is pushing for a change in laws that cover sick leave. Arguing that 40 percent of Connecticut employees don't get sick days, it wants lawmakers to require every business of 50 employees or more to grant workers one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours of work — with a cap of 6.5 paid days a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_021009.asp

Advocates Battle For Medical Interpreters Advocates for state Medicaid patients who need interpreters say they worry that cuts in Gov. M. Jodi Rell's budget proposal could jeopardize access to crucial services and information. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 19, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_021908.asp

AIDS Activists Bemoan Proposed Funding Cuts Connections is a Hartford drop-in center for people with HIV and AIDS helping clients stay clean. But, Connections is among more than 30 Connecticut organizations that will be affected by a proposed $3 million cut in state funding for AIDS services. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_022409.asp

AIDS Advocate Shifted The Focus To Living Linda C. Jordan, a prominent AIDS advocate whose international message that families dealing with the HIV virus should concentrate on living rather than dying, will be remembered at a funeralrecently. Jordan, who died at the age of 53, lived for 21 years after learning that she had the virus. Her message of hope - carried on 20,000 posters, banners and billboards - was delivered across the country as well as in India, Japan and Africa. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 9, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_050906.asp

AIDS Life Worse After Cuts Helen Ubiñas writes about how the drastic cuts to federal AIDS funding may affect Hartford families. The $4 million in federal funds Hartford expected was cut in half because the number of new cases didn't meet the new guidelines. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_032207.asp

AIDS Services For Blacks Wither In City For the past 20 years, the Burgdorf clinic at the Hartford Health Department has been the place where those in the city's predominantly black North End have gone to be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. That run almost ended this year, as the city's budget difficulties had targeted the clinic for closing. Only because of the eleventh-hour intervention of community AIDS activists and educators, with the assistance of a few state lawmakers, was the money found to keep the clinic operating for another year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_080108.asp

AIDS Services Slip Away Earlier this year, a change in how funds are distributed resulted in Hartford and New Haven receiving about half the money expected by organizations that work with people with HIV/AIDS. The cuts decimated some programs and greatly reduced others, and program officials are especially concerned about the effects of the cuts on non-English speaking clients, whose hold on their own medical care is more tenuous. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_051507.asp

AIDS' Double Edge In September, officials at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that HIV testing become routine for 13- to 64-year-olds to help remove the stigma associated with the disease - and to prevent its spread. Activists worry that the disease is too easily dismissed by the rest of the population because of misperceptions about the virus' effects. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 8, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_100806.asp

Alliance With Hartford Hospital Will Preserve Crucial Academic And Clinical Resource This opinion piece supports the alliance of John Dempsey Hospital at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington with other regional hospitals in the formation of the Connecticut Health Education and Research Collaborative that is expected to include the health care center, Bristol Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and the Hospital of Central Connecticut. The authors also support the selection of Hartford Healthcare Corp., parent of Hartford Hospital, to operate and manage the health center's clinical facilities in Farmington. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 22, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_022209.asp

An Rx For Loneliness Christmas is a holiday usually spent with family members and friends, but nursing knows no holiday and Christmas is no exception. Nurses from VNA Health Care, the oldest home care agency in Connecticut, visited several of their patients on Christmas Day 2006. In some cases, the nurse is the only person a patient sees any day. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_122606.asp

Ancient Sewers Need Upgrade Combined sewer storm water overflow systems are in need of replacement. The Metropolitan District Commission, which operates the sewage treatment system in eight towns, including Hartford, has developed a proposal to address the issue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 14, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/environment/htfd_courant_021405.asp Related Link(s): Metropolitan District, Hartford Connecticut; Long-Term CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) Control Plan

Annual Report on the Financial Status of Connecticut's Short Term Acute Care Hospitals for Fiscal 2008 This report provides a summary of Connecticut hospital performance and presents some key fiscal year 2008 statewide hospital financial indicators and trends in the context of the current environment and economic climate. The Office of Health Care Access collects financial and statistical information from Connecticut’s thirty acute care hospitals on an annual basis. This report covers fiscal year 2008. (PDF document, 138 pages) Published by State of Connecticut, Office of Health Care Access ; Publication Date: August 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/wsd_083109.asp

Annual Report: City of Hartford Asthma Call to Action Hartford's Asthma Call to Action Task Force focuses on Hartford residents that have signs and symptoms of asthma but have not been diagnosed by a physician as having asthma as well as those that already have an asthma diagnosis. Objectives include improving the care provided to already diagnosed asthmatic individuals, to emphasize basic asthma management skills, and to educate the public on reducing risk factors and seeking medical care. Published by Hartford Community Health Partnership ; Publication Date: 2003
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Health/wsd_2003.asp

Another Social Service Agency Hit By Budget Bomb Helen Ubinas writes that a $130,000 grant for an asthma outreach and education program has been canceled. The grant, which survived a line-item veto by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, was approved by the legislature in August 2009. But, while the legislature may have approved funds for programs like these, in the same budget, they demanded $95 million in cuts in non-direct-care contracts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031810.asp

Approve MDC Sewer Upgrade In this editorial, the Courant urges voters in the Metropolitan District Commission's member municipalities - Hartford, East Hartford, West Hartford, Newington, Wethersfield, Windsor, Bloomfield and Rocky Hill - to vote yes on a proposed $800 million first-phase upgrade to the regional sewer system on the ballot Nov. 7. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Environment/htfd_courant_102706.asp

As Doctor Use Increases, Insurers Look To Raise Rates, Too Health insurers say Connecticut residents are visiting their doctors more frequently and, perhaps not surprisingly, those insurers are asking to raise their rates on average 10 to 12 percent next year, meaning medical premiums continue to grow much faster than other consumer goods. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_092412.asp

As State Designs New Health Care Guidelines, Advocates Push For Consumer Voice Earlier this month, the Obama administration said it wanted to let states play a bigger role in deciding what kinds of benefits should be covered by health insurance. Now, some advocates in Connecticut want to be sure that consumers have a voice in the state's decision, too. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: January 02, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/jcohen_010212.asp

Asian Family Services, Regional Agency Merge A state-licensed social service agency that specializes in serving the mental health needs of Southeast Asian families recently announced its merger with Community Renewal Team, the Hartford regional anti-poverty agency. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/immigrants/htfd_courant_091807.asp

Asthma Problem Growing In Area While there is evidence pointing to a possible stabilization of asthma rates across the nation, the disease remains on the rise in New England, especially among low-income adults, a new study has concluded. The study, conducted by The New England Asthma Regional Council, found that nearly 15 percent of adults and 14 percent of children living in New England have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lives. This represents roughly 2.1 million people - up from 1.7 million three years ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_032706_a.asp

At Childhood Obesity Forum, Talk of Twinkies and Intervention Members of the Connecticut Coalition Against Childhood Obesity recently organized a forum on childhood obesity. A report that the state public health department released last month revealed that one-third of students in kindergarten and third grade are overweight or obese, including a higher percentage among black and Latino children. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_111912_1.asp

Attention To Prevention In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Connecticut has one of the lowest rates of teen pregnancy in the country, for which all should be thankful. But the state numbers can mask the fact that in some urban areas, notably Hartford, the problem is still rampant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_070211.asp

Back Of The Bus On Health Care Experts are starting to chew more thoughtfully on racial and ethnic equality in health care. Until recently, health gaps between whites and minorities were blamed on poverty, lack of insurance and genetics. Conventional wisdom suggested that these gaps would close as more minorities became middle class. However, that's not panning out. Despite substantial educational and economic gains among African Americans, health gaps remain remarkably unchanged. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_121006.asp

Back Of The Bus On Health Care Despite mergers and layoffs, Connecticut's insurance industry is still kicking - even growing a little - and it's using a new study to trumpet the companies' vital role in the state's economy. Whether you look at employment levels, payroll or other measures, Connecticut is still, by far, more dependent on insurance than any other state, according to the 48-page study done for the industry by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_121006.asp

Banned From Speaking A bill intended to help state officials site group homes for people with mental disabilities or addiction problems originally banned members of Hartford's neighborhood revitalization zone committees — grassroots organizations commonly known as NRZs — from even commenting on proposed homes. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 24, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_042408.asp

Beating Guns Into Nonlethal Gift Cards A surgeon to whom the victims of gunfire are delivered for repair comments that guns never take a holiday. He advocates the gun exchange which gives out gift cards in exchange for guns. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_120409.asp

Better To Put Health Center In Hartford Tom Condon expresses the opinion that he loves Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposal to expand the UConn Health Center and make it an incubator for the bioscience economy. "Bioscience Connecticut" is the kind of bold, entrepreneurial investment the state must make to compete in the 21st-century economy. It's an investment that protects and strengthens the medical and dental schools. But the state should find a way to build it in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_052211.asp

Billboard Campaign Is Putting The Word Out Six anti-smoking billboards were designed by young Hartford residents and are intended to reach young people with a simple, succinct message: Smoking can kill you. The billboards' creators, who range in age from 11 to 22, began working on them in November 2006 as part of an activity sponsored by the Community Renewal Team and Youth Artisan and Technology Program, funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_020907.asp

Births to Mothers with HUSKY Program and Medicaid Coverage: 2010 The HUSKY Program and Medicaid cover an increasing percentage of all Connecticut births. In 2010, 32.4% of all Connecticut births were covered by HUSKEY A and B, and 6.0% to mothers whose births were covered by fee-for-service Medicaid. The proportion of all Connecticut births covered by the HUSKY Program and Medicaid continues to increase, from 28.4 percent in 2003 to 38.4 percent in 2010. (PDF document, 35 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: February 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/h13birthsreport10.pdf

Blumenthal Says New Insurance Pool Possible for Towns There were high hopes for new legislation that would let Connecticut towns, small businesses and nonprofits join the state employees' health plan, but it was hard to gauge how much relief they'd get from high premiums Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_052708.asp

BOTS Pots Help Feed City's Homeless Community organizers from the Charter Oaks Cultural Center have placed 12 hand-painted pots full of vegetable plants around the city for anybody to pick. The pots are watered every day by people who were or are homeless, who receive Walmart gift certificates for their efforts. The pots are funded by donations from local community members, and all the plants and pots were donated as well. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 08, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_070813.asp

Breaking the Cycle Breaking the Cycle is a community partnership of the City of Hartford, the Hartford Action Plan on Infant Health, and the Hartford Public Schools created to reduce teen pregnancy in Hartford. The web site includes teen pregnancy statistics for Hartford, descriptions of programs for adults & youth, healthcare initiatives, and more. Published by Hartford's Strategic Plan for Teen Pregnancy Prevention ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_2005.asp

Breathe In Funding is restored to an asthma education program, no thanks to Governor Rell . Asthma is a big problem in Connecticut's five largest cities, disproportionately affecting the poor. Rita Kornblum, health education manager for the Hartford Health and Human Services Department, says asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism in Hartford. Yet an asthma education program for inner city residents — funded with just $150,000 annually — was cut from this year's budget by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. The asthma program was saved by a ruling by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 15, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_advocate_091509.asp

Bridging Tough Times for Connecticut's Families: 2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book Connecticut children, in many cities and towns, are doing better than children in most other states. But high marks don’t necessarily carry over to our largest cities, rural towns, older suburbs, and even some homes in the wealthier parts of our state, particularly as the impacts of the recession continue unabated. The past two years have been a difficult time for many families, including many middle-income families. The seventeen indicators reported in the 2010 Connecticut KIDS COUNT Data Book show the situation of the children of Connecticut. (PDF document, 68 pages) Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services, Inc. ; Publication Date: December 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/Bridging_Tough_Times.pdf

Budget Deal Set State budget negotiators reached a tentative agreement recently on a deal that would provide large spending increases for health care and public education, but little relief for taxpayers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Taxes/htfd_courant_061907.asp

Budget Plan Means Layoffs, End Of Services, Say Hospital Advocates The governor's proposed state budget plan will "devastate" Connecticut hospitals and cause layoffs and elimination of services, hospital advocates and legislators told a crowd of hundreds at the state Capitol recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 11, 2013
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Bulkeley High Senior Wins CRT Prom Nite Video Contest Vanessa Gonzalez, 17, a senior from Bulkeley High and Hartford resident, won the Community Renewal Team Healthy Teen Hartford Coalition's Prom Nite video contest, for her entry about how alcohol has affected her life personally. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 27, 2010
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Burning Trash One environmental group in Hartford is demanding the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority shut down part of its last garbage-burning plant, accusing it of contributing to the city's sickeningly high (41 percent) rate of childhood asthma. A 2009 state report showed Hartford children age 4 and younger had higher rates of emergency room asthma diagnoses than for any other Connecticut city. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 22, 2011
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Business Plan For Health Care Heavyweights in insurance and business are weighing in on how Connecticut should help the uninsured and increase access to health care, offering ideas ranging from expanded government programs and new subsidies to financial incentives for consumers to shape up. The Connecticut Health Insurance Policy Council Inc. unveiled its game plan recently in a report that says the number of uninsured residents could be cut by half in three years through a public-private sector partnership. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 7, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_010707.asp

Businesses Split Over SustiNet A major divide is forming within the business community over the sweeping health care reform law being proposed in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 17, 2011
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Busway: Boost For The Environment? The $569 million busway to Hartford would be an environmental bonanza for central Connecticut by reducing air pollution and blocking urban sprawl, proponents declared at a state hearing on the project recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 08, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_090811.asp

Can Charter Oak Save City Again? Hartford’s Health Insurance Task Force (HITF) recently examined a plan that might make their job a whole lot easier. State officials from the Department of Social Services (DDS) presented the details of Governor Jodi Rell’s Charter Oak Health Plan, which would provide relatively low-cost insurance to those not covered by government programs, such as the HUSKY program or Medicaid Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 10, 2008
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Capital Prep Teachers To Compete In Tough Mudder After months of training, Principal Steve Perry and a team of 10 educators from Capital Preparatory Magnet School, recently participated at a Tough Mudder event, a 10-mile military-style obstacle course, in Vermont. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 12, 2012
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Carlos Toro A Valiant Fighter For The Sick Carlos Toro was a scrappy fighter whose advocacy on behalf of people with AIDS helped hundreds of people around Hartford deal with disease and discrimination. He was the first to admit his flaws. He fought drug addiction most of his life and spent time in jail. His marriage dissolved when he realized he was gay. He died on February 22, 2010 at age 57. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 11, 2010
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Celebrating Healthy-Eating Success A nutrition class at the Charter Oak Health Center, a public clinic that provides care to some of Hartford's neediest residents. Participants have learned to control their diabetes by cutting out soda and nibbling on fruit and vegetables instead of chips when she feels hungry. Nutritionist Lorie Reardon and about two dozen other clients recently celebrated the season and their healthy-eating success at a party that featured low-fat entrees. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 22, 2005
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Center Helps People With HIV/AIDS Live Through Support, Medical Care The Living Center, a Community Renewal Team-sponsored facility that provides counseling, medical services and referrals to people with HIV/AIDS, has recently moved to Main Street. Though smaller than the former site on Broad Street, the new location is more accessible because it is on a bus route. There are also new services, such as massage therapy and acupuncture. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 6, 2006
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Child Fatality Review Panel Issues 10-Year Report In the past decade, the state Child Fatality Review Panel has investigated the deaths of 1,529 children. Recently, it issued a report on those deaths with recommendations it hopes will reduce the number of children who die each year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_121411.asp

Childhood Obesity in Connecticut This is a fact sheet about childhood obesity in Connecticut. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Connecticut Department of Public Health ; Publication Date: Fall 2012
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Children's Hospital Creating Center For Cancer And Blood Disorders When the Connecticut Children's Medical Center opened in 1996, the facilities for its cancer and blood disorders program seemed more than adequate. Recently, CCMC officials announced that they had reached the $5 million fundraising goal to pay for the construction of a new Clinical Care Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, which will double the hospital's current space for its oncology and hematology program. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 20, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_062011.asp

Children's Hospital Has New Leader After a five-month national search, Connecticut Children's Medical Center recently chose a new leader from within as the troubled hospital attempts to heal itself. The hospital board of directors named Martin J. Gavin president and chief executive officer, a position he has held on an acting basis since January. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 12, 2006
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Church Coalition Pushes 'Justice' Agenda The Greater Hartford Coalition for Equity and Justice marked their third annual covenant celebration recently with events intended to energize members to continue their mission. The coalition represents 40 city and suburban congregations. It was formed to address issues such as the lack of affordable health care and education, tax equity and economic justice. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 1, 2005
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City Concerned About, And Testing For, Hepatitis C Hartford Public health officials say they are concerned with new data on Hepatitis C in the city. The numbers show 10 to 20 cases a month of people newly diagnosed with a chronic form of the disease. The city is using computer mapping to help it better target, test, and treat its residents. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: October 03, 2012
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City Defends Cafeterias Hartford school officials defended food safety in their cafeterias, and city health officials joined them in faulting a report rating Hartford last for food safety in a survey of 20 school districts nationwide. Loni M. Burt, Hartford's director of food services, said the report was based on unfair measurements and said the schools have never had a report of food-borne illnesses. City health officials, meanwhile, faulted the report for using a "model" health code while inspections in Connecticut are conducted under a state health code. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Education/wsd_013107.asp

City Government Working for You!, March 2010 A newsletter about city services, health inequities, and youth/police initiatives, provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: March 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Mar_10.pdf

City Government Working for You, December 2009 A newsletter about city services and Hartford Public Schools from the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: December 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/city_gov_working_for_you_Dec_09.pdf

City Government Working for You, January 2010 A newsletter about city services and Hartford Public Schools from the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: January 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/city_gov_working_for_you_Jan_10.pdf

City Government Working for You, May 2012 A newsletter about city services, family health services and Hartford parks from the office of Mayor Pedro Segarra. (PDF document, 3 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: May 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Mar_12.pdf

City Government Working for You, November 2009 A newsletter about city services and Hartford Public Schools from the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: November 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/city_gov_working_for_you_Nov_09.pdf

City Leaders Look To Ban Trans Fat The City of Hartford could soon dictate how its restaurants and bakeries prepare their food, and owners of many local establishments say they don't have a problem with the idea. The city council is considering banning the use of trans fats wherever food is prepared for the public, from expensive restaurants to fast-food outlets to bakeries. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 05, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_020511.asp

City Noise Plan Is Unsound Street noise can ruin the quality of life in Hartford. People who move out of the city often cite street noise from loud car radios, motorcycles and dance clubs as a determining factor. To quiet the city, however, Hartford officials have amended an ordinance in a way that appears unenforceable and unlikely to win the approval of the state Department of Environmental Protection. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 29, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_112907_1.asp

City of Hartford Emergency and Non-Emergency Resource Card for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Other Services A card which summarizes emergency and non-emergency mental health, substance abuse and other services available in Hartford. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by North Central Regional Mental Health Board ; Publication Date: January 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/Hartford_Emergency_Resource_Card.pdf

City of Hartford, Department of Health and Human Services, Critical Health Indicators This document represents the Hartford Health and Human Services Department’s effort to present the health status of Hartford residents in 2009. Published by City of Hartford, Department of Health and Human Services ; Publication Date: 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/health/HHS_2009_Critical_Health_Indicators.pdf

City of Trash There were more than 300 illegal dumping cases in Hartford in 2006, or nearly one each day, including 60 cases of asbestos dumping. About 100 of those were on city-owned or private property, and were handled by Hartford Zoning Inspector Courtney Dunstan. The rest were on state-owned or other public land and were handled by the Connecticut DEP. The dumped items include headless chickens, goats, dogs, asbestos, and mattresses. State and city health officers struggle to clean it up. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_032207.asp

City Takes on Diesel The Hartford City Council last week passed a resolution to enforce the state ordinance that limits idling time of school buses and other vehicles with diesel engines to three minutes, and to require an annual tune-up of all city-owned vehicles. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_advocate_032207.asp

Clean Air Advocates Say Burning Trash Causes Health Problems In Hartford Clean air advocates say incinerating trash is bad for Hartford. But, the agency that burns the region's garbage says the advocates don't have the facts. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: August 17, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/jcohen_081711.asp

Clergy Unite for Healthcare Reform Over 50 Christian, Moslem and Jewish clergy men and women from all over Connecticut joined as one at the State Capitol recently to demand universal healthcare for all state residents. It is estimated that approximately 407,000 state residents do not have health insurance. About half of those uninsured are African-Americans and Hispanics. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 17 – 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_news_011707.asp

Clergy Unite On Health Care The movement has coalesced into the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care, a core group of clergy from a wide array of religious communities. The foundation's most recent proposal broadens state health care and is meant to cover 98 percent of the state's residents within five years. That's medical, dental, mental health and home services. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 27, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_012709.asp

Clogged Sinuses? Sign In, Please A new federal law has put more than a dozen popular cold and sinus pills behind the drugstore counter. The law requires customers to show a photo ID and sign a logbook before purchasing products that contain pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in many popular nasal decongestants. The behind-the-counter rule, which started Oct. 1, 2006, is designed to make it harder for criminals to buy large quantities of legal pseudoephedrine and to use it to produce the illegal drug methamphetamine. The logbook must be made available to agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, who are authorized to inspect pharmacies to enforce all U.S. drug laws. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 16, 2006
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Collaboration Is A Key To Health Care Reform Stan Simpson comments on health care reform efforts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_112208.asp

Community Food Security in Connecticut The 2012 Community Food Security in Connecticut: An Evaluation and Ranking of 169 Towns focuses on a town-level assessment of community food security in Connecticut. Published by University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources ; Publication Date: April 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/wsd_043013.asp

Community Food Security in Connecticut: An Evaluation and Ranking of 169 Towns A cooperative effort of Connecticut Food Policy Council, University of Connecticut and Hartford Food System, this study uses town-level data to measure community food security based on 38 different indicators falling within 6 categories for the 169 towns and cities in Connecticut. Community food security means the development and enhancement of sustainable, community-based strategies to improve access of low-income households to healthful nutritious food, to increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs and to promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues. (PDF File, 16 pages). Published by Hartford Food System ; Publication Date: September 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/CommunityFoodSecurity.pdf

Community Health Data Scan For Connecticut The Community Health Data Scan for Connecticut was developed by the Connecticut Health Foundation (CHF). The Data Scan reports quantitative data on the social characteristics, health and well-being of Connecticut’s residents gathered from a variety of sources at the federal, state and town levels, as well as from non-governmental sources. (PDF file, 266 pages) Published by Connecticut Health Foundation ; Publication Date: March 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/CT_Health_Scan.pdf

Concerns Persist Over Charter Oak Nearly a year after the launch of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s Charter Oak Health Plan for uninsured adults, the state has denied almost twice as many applications as it has accepted, while officials remain unclear on how many doctors are enrolled in the highly controversial plan. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 25, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/hbj_052509.asp

Connecticut Activists Prepare Health Care Reform Proposal A major activist foundation is about to launch the most ambitious proposal yet for health care reform in Connecticut, envisioning a mammoth insurance pool and changes in the way medical care is delivered. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 09, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_120908_1.asp

Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice The mission of Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice is to protect urban environments primarily in Connecticut through educating communities, through promoting changes in local, state, and national policy, and through promoting individual, corporate and governmental responsibility towards our environment. The web site includes information on the Coalition's 2005 Legislative Agenda, and the Hartford arm of the organization, the Hartford Environmental Justice Network, or HEJN. Users can sign up for e-mail notifications, and receive information on meetings & training sessions. Published by Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice ; Publication Date: 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Health/wsd_2004_c.asp

Connecticut Health Care Premiums Up 20 Percent As Obama Seeks Limits Health insurance premiums for individual medical plans jumped in price by an average of more than 20 percent this year in Connecticut, placing the state squarely in the cross hairs of the national health care debate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 23, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_022310.asp

Connecticut Health Policy Project The Connecticut Health Policy Project is a non-profit, non-partisan research and educational organization dedicated to improving access to affordable, quality health care for all Connecticut residents.
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Health/ct_health_policy.asp

Connecticut Hospitals Beat National Average On Quality The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released new data on a range of health care quality measures recently, part of a website meant to help consumers compare hospitals. The website, Hospital Compare, offers information based on Medicare claims and enrollment data and data submitted by hospitals. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 08, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_070810.asp

Connecticut Improves Dental Care For Children, Pew Report Says Connecticut earned top marks in a study of state dental policies for children by the Pew Center on the States, which declared Connecticut a "national leader." Connecticut was one of six states to earn an "A" in the report, "The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2010
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Connecticut Lawmakers Try To Keep Hospital Merger Idea Alive Lawmakers hoping to keep alive plans to remake the UConn Health Center on recently recommended authorizing $50 million in bonding for the effort, despite Gov. M. Jodi Rell's opposition to the UConn plan. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 17, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_041709.asp

Connecticut Office of Health Care Access Web Site This web site contains Health Care Data including demographic, utilization, clinical, charge, payer and provider information. Detailed reports are available for statewide and hospital specific statistics. OHCA collects hospital utilization data on all discharges from the acute care hospitals within Connecticut. In addition, OHCA gathers, verifies, analyzes and reports on a wide range of hospital financial data. Published by State of Connecticut ; Publication Date: 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Health/wsd_2004_b.asp

Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) 2004 Report Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) is part of a national collaborative effort to gather information on violent deaths occurring in Connecticut. This report describes statistics on violent deaths during 2004. Published by Connecticut Children's Medical Center ; Publication Date: September 2006
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_09_2006.asp

Connecticut's Medical Community Examines Multiple Challenges In Health Care Reform There is a general consensus among medical doctors that the current health care system is broken. But there's far less agreement among doctors and hospital officials on how to fix it. Their positions vary widely, from advocating a single-payer model — a system in which health insurance is handled by a single agency, a concept that has gotten virtually no attention from lawmakers — to advocating changes with little role for government and many positions in between. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 08, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_090809.asp

Connecticut's SustiNet Proponents Say Plan To Move Forward Despite Federal Health Care Bill New federal health care laws will force some changes to a state SustiNet health care law passed last year despite Gov. M. Jodi Rell's veto. To make sure the state law conforms to new federal legislation, the nine-member SustiNet board has 60 days to compare the two and present a bill to the state legislature. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_032310.asp

Cost Of Treating Uninsured Up 40 Percent Since 2005 The cost of hospital stays for patients without insurance has soared more than 40 percent since 2005, even though the number of uninsured people seeking hospital care declined in fiscal year 2008, according to a report from the state Office of Health Care Access. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2009
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Councilman Wants Bus Fleet Moved Hartford City Councilman Matthew Ritter and several council colleagues have asked Mayor Eddie A. Perez to review possible new locations for the school district's bus fleet, currently on Main Street in the North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 01, 2008
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Counting the Uninsured In 2010, the Census Bureau estimated that based on Current Population Survey data, 384,000 persons (11.0%) were uninsured, including 49,000 children under 18 (6.0%). Among children in low income families (less than 200% of the federal poverty level), an estimated 22,000 children under 19 were uninsured. (PDF document, 6 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: September 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/h12countuninsured.pdf

Crisis in the ER Connecticut's hospital emergency departments are overwhelmed, but not for the reason you think. The uninsured and the underinsured in Connecticut are using the emergency departments with decidedly non-urgent problems like colds, flus and aching muscles. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_advocate_081408_1.asp

Critical Health Indicators 2010 This document represents the Hartford Health and Human Services Department’s effort to present the health status of Hartford residents in 2010. It also includes an introduction to the Health Equity Index developed by the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health. (PDF document, 32 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Department of Health and Human Services ; Publication Date: April 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/2010_Critical_Health_Indicators_Final.pdf

Critics: Health Care Changes Would Burden State's Poor Governor M. Rell has proposed changes in health insurance provided by the state of Connecticut to the state’s poorest residents. The changes, which include implementing premiums and co-payments for many HUSKY recipients and other cuts in coverage and services for state health insurance programs, are disputed by the state’s Medicaid recipients and health care advocates. They say Rell's plan unfairly burdens some of Connecticut's low-income residents, while asking little of the wealthy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2009
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CT Children’s Expanding To Meet Growing Need Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford has launched a $5 million fundraising campaign to expand its cancer and blood-disorder treatment clinic in order to serve its increasing patient volume. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 22, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/hbj_032210_1.asp

Cutting-Edge Food Pantry Planned In Hartford's North End Foodshare, Chrysalis Center and the Junior League of Hartford have teamed up to build Freshplace, a 2,000-square-foot pantry in the Upper Albany neighborhood of Hartford that will offer eligible residents free, fresh food. This super-pantry is thought to be the first of its kind in the country. It also will offer a host of services meant to pull families out of crisis, including assistance for people who don't know whether they qualify for food stamps. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2008
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Debate Begins On Health Care Plan What is expected to be a long and bitter battle over the creation of Connecticut's own health care reform began in earnest recently at a crowded legislative hearing in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 15, 2011
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Democrats Press For Small-Business Health Plan Connecticut Democrats stepped up pressure on Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell to sign a health insurance bill that could loom large in this fall's General Assembly races. Backers of legislation that would open the state-employee health plan to a pool of municipalities, nonprofits and small businesses said a veto would align Rell with "special interests." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 21, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_052108.asp

Dental Needs Unmet At least 1 million Connecticut residents, and possibly as many as 1.5 million — more than one-third of the state — lack dental insurance, according to the state dental association, and a new state medical plan for the uninsured, which includes tens of thousands of children, will not help. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_041508.asp

Dental Services for Adults in the HUSKY Program: Utilizations Before and After Major Program Changes in 2008 In 2010, the Census Bureau estimated that based on Current Population Survey data, 384,000 persons (11.0%) were uninsured, including 49,000 children under 18 (6.0%). Among children in low income families (less than 200% of the federal poverty level), an estimated 22,000 children under 19 were uninsured. (PDF document, 6 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: September 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/h12adultdentalcare10.pdf

Dentist's Heart Opens Wide For Less Fortunate The Inner City Dental Mission recently provided free dental services — cleaning, extractions, X-rays, fillings and the like — at Community Health Services Inc. on Albany Avenue in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_022509.asp

Despite TB Investigation, COHC to Push for More Parking After screening around 150 individuals from Charter Oak Health Center and a homeless shelter, 28 preliminary tests yielded reactive results for tuberculosis. While the Department of Public Health has issued more subpoenas as it investigates the TB case, Charter Oak Health Center continues to press for an expansion of its parking. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: February 17, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/realhtfd_021712.asp

Dialog on Health Care Reform Video A video of the October 17, 2009 community program, Dialog on Health Care Reform, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: October 17, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Videos/wsd_10_17_2009.asp

Diesel Measure Stalled A half-million dollars earmarked to cut harmful emissions from Hartford school buses has been sitting unused at the Department of Environmental Protection since 2004 because the city hasn’t extended its contract with the bus company, Laidlaw Transit Services. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 5, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_advocate_040507.asp

Doctor Groups Blast Removal Of Malpractice Protection From SustiNet Bill Doctors' groups strenuously objected recently to the removal of a provision in the SustiNet health reform legislation that protected them from malpractice suits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 08, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_030811.asp

Doctor Offers New Tools In Fight Against Childhood Obesity The bad news: childhood obesity has become so severe that some children are increasingly contracting illnesses normally seen in middle age. The good news: the trend seems to be slowing and there are some interesting new strategies that families and schools can use to reverse the trend, such as an easy new way to quickly figure out the nutrition value of groceries at the store. That was the message that David L. Katz, an expert in chronic disease prevention, delivered to about 160 YMCA, school and community leaders at a childhood obesity conference recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 23, 2010
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Doctor's Note: A Few Paid Sick Days Make A Big Difference In this opinion piece, the author, a physician, supports the State bill that would provide paid sick leave to workers in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 07, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_050711.asp

Doctors Fear Deadly Heroin Mix A deadly mixture of fentanyl-tainted heroin that has claimed the lives of hundreds of addicts across the country might be in Connecticut, officials said. Although the tainted opiate has not been reported by the Connecticut Poison Control Center or area hospitals, emergency room doctors at Hartford Hospital are concerned about a spike in the number of heroin-addicted patients seeking emergency care in the past week. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/drugs/htfd_courant_061706.asp

Done And Undone The legislative session just ended had a listless, meandering feel to it; a budget written but never enacted; a speaker waving an unexpected and inconvenient farewell; a governor shrugging off a traditional valedictory address. Despite the general miasma, historic bills were enacted dealing with two crises: global warming and spiraling health care costs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2008
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Dream Team Helps Poor Families In the past year, Dr. Monique Deveaux of Community Health Services in the North End has been able to concentrate on medical treatment. Now, when issues arise that require more than a medical diagnosis, Deveaux calls a specialist: Jay Sicklick. Sicklick, a former legal aid lawyer, set up an office at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in 2000 to help families and pediatricians address legal and community issues affecting health care. His program, known as the Family Advocacy Project and funded by private foundation grants, has spread into every public pediatric clinic in Hartford. As a result, virtually every low-income family in the city now has access to free legal help. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 4, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_100405.asp

Drug Conference White Paper Executive Summary of the two day conference on Drug Policy held at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut on October 21 and 22, 2005. The conference “Illicit Drugs: Burden and Policy” sponsored by the City of Hartford, and underwritten by the Aetna Foundation, provided a unique opportunity for multiple stakeholders to begin a dialogue around the problem of drugs in our city. (PDF file, 5 pages). Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: October 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Drugs/WHITEPAPER[1].pdf

Drug Policy Study of the Connecticut Law Revision Commission The results of a 1997 study by the Connecticut Law Revision Commission on existing drug policy and alternative models that might reduce the affects of drug abuse are found on this website. Published by Connecticut Law Revision Commission ; Publication Date: June 1997
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Drugs/wsd_06_1997.asp

E. R. Doctor Treats Students To A Lesson As the chief of general surgery and trauma at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Anthony Morgan doesn't fit the profile of a gangster. But he was headed down that road on the mean streets of Philadelphia when he was a kid. Morgan was stabbed and shot twice before he was a teenager, he said. Morgan told a group of about 30 Hartford Public High School students who visited the hospital recently. His lesson for them, called "Let's Not Meet By Accident," is a prevention program designed to teach high school students about the consequences of risky behavior, such as participating in gang violence, riding in cars without seatbelts or on motorcycles without helmets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 12, 2007
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Eat Healthy, Get Wealthy Healthier menus adopted by 82 Connecticut school districts last school year drew moans and groans from students upset by what they considered unpalatable changes. But, schools participating in the state's healthy food certification program began to reap the nutritional and financial benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 22, 2007
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Emergency Logjam Still Acute Eight years ago, a series of editorials in The Courant chronicled a breakdown in children's mental health services that had reached crisis proportions. Since then, many positive steps have been taken to alleviate that debilitating logjam and ensure that sick children get the care they need in a timely manner. A recent study by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut shows the emergency room crisis still exists and may even be worse. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 6, 2007
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Ending Hunger Must Go Beyond Providing The Next Meal The policy and advocacy group End Hunger CT proposes a three-year plan to make good food more accessible to people who need it. Its plan includes offering lunches and breakfasts in every school and getting more people who qualify to sign up for food stamps. But, its plan also includes helping low-income families achieve greater economic security; help a household become self-sufficient, and hunger becomes a thing of the past. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2008
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Ending State's Health Care Disparities Vital The historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act represents a major opportunity to level the health care playing field in Connecticut, where communities of color face many daunting health care challenges. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2012
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Ensemble Stages Real Life Health Care Stories Hartbeat Ensemble, a socially conscious theater troupe based in Hartford, will be performing eight, 10-minute dramas about the pitfalls of the state's health system in their annual "Plays in the Parks" production. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2008
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EPA Begins Cleanup Of Former Foundry Site The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun to clean up the former Philbrick-Booth Foundry facility on Homestead Avenue. The 1.2-acre site, bordered by commercial and industrial land, contains the abandoned foundry and several sheds. The state Department of Environmental Protection and the EPA have confirmed the presence of hazardous chemicals, including PCBs, asbestos and heavy metals, in the buildings and soil on the property. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 02, 2009
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Estimates for the Cost of Interpretation Services for Connecticut Medicaid Recipients This report from the Connecticut Health Foundation estimates the cost of providing limited-English proficient Medicaid enrollees with face-to-face interpreters in compliance with federal laws and guidelines. (PDF document, 24 pages) Published by Connecticut Health Foundation ; Publication Date: August 2006
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Even Doc Seeks Cure For Guns As a resident physician for a North Hartford medical practice, Dr. Tim Lishnak doesn't just view the young victims of the city's latest shooting spree as unfortunate street casualties. Several of those getting shot or killed are patients of the Asylum Hill Family Practice. The Woodland Street facility serves the mostly poor neighborhoods in the North End. Doctors are in the business of helping patients live long lives. So, when they see young people stabbed, shot or snuffed out, even the docs start wondering what they could be doing to quell the violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2006
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Every Smile Counts: The Oral Health of Connecticut's Children, Pre-Publication Report This document is pre-publication report of the results of a state-wide survey of Connecticut's children who attended Headstart and public elementary schools during the 2006-2007 school year conducted by the state Department of Public Health. It found that dental decay is a significant health problem for the children of Connecticut. (PDF document, 38 pages) Published by Connecticut Department of Public Health ; Publication Date: September 30, 2007
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Expanded Medical Coverage Large Part Of State Shortfall The state’s $365 million budget deficit dates, in part, to two years ago when Connecticut became the first state to expand medical coverage to low-income adults as an early adopter of federal health care reform. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2012
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F is For Fat: How Obesity Threaten's America's Future 2010 In this report, Trust for America’s Health finds that in the past year adult obesity rates increased in 28 states, while only the District of Columbia (D.C.) saw a decline. (PDF document, 124 pages) Published by Trust for America's Health ; Publication Date: June 2010
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Fair Share Health Care Bill Dies In Committee The nationwide campaign to force Wal-Mart and other large employers to provide better health coverage for their workers started the year with a strong tailwind, but with defeat after defeat in state after state, it may be losing its momentum. Recently, Connecticut became the latest state to deal the initiative a major blow. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2006
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Farmers Market Yields Some Help; Dispatches from Garden Street Eating healthy in the 'hood... It's not easy finding healthy and affordable food here. On one end of Albany Avenue, there's a Dunkin' Donuts and a Subway; on the other, a McDonald's. And in between are lots of bodegas and convenience stores that people here told us pretty much extort the already poor and vulnerable by extending credit with exorbitant interest rates. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 08, 2009
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Federal Budget Cuts Hit Connecticut As Connecticut's Congressional delegation voted 4-3 for a budget that slices $38 billion from federal spending in the next six months, people at schools, social service agencies and health centers throughout the state were just beginning to come to terms with what the cuts will mean. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2011
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Federal Stimulus Money To Help MDC Storm-Water Project In Hartford's North End The state has tapped a Metropolitan District Commission project designed to keep sewage from flowing into basements and waterways in Hartford's North End to receive most of the $48.5 million in federal stimulus money earmarked for Clean Water Act work in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 29, 2009
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Feeding Many People On A Shoestring Home cooks, especially if they are cooking for a family, often follow a game plan for mealtime. The highly organized cook checks the weekly supermarket sales and figures out a series of menus before writing a shopping list. The process saves time and money and heads off any impulse buying. If only the planning could be as easy in shelter kitchens, where every penny and every morsel of food is precious. Bound by strict budget and dependent on donations, both monetary and actual food, shelter chefs often can't plan meals too far ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 30, 2010
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Filling A Need With The Mentally Retarded Hartford businesses are depending on the clients of Greater Hartford Association for Retarded Citizens to perform necessary yet low-level administrative functions. HARC’s supported employment program is intended to provide mentally retarded adults with the opportunity to acquire social validation by participating in the work world. But, they are also an asset to the businesses that employ them. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 1, 2007
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Filling The Dental Gap State and national leaders are working with minority men and women with promise, but perhaps a shortfall in their academic preparation, to solve a critical shortage of dentists willing to treat low-income patients. The premise is that minority dentists will be more likely to devote at least part of their careers to treating people in underserved communities. The program is being funded, in part, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which four years ago awarded $15 million to 15 dental schools - including UConn - to find creative ways to attract more minority and low-income students into dental school. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2006
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Fire Department Creates Information Database The Hartford Fire Department is seeking the public's help in collecting information for a database officials say could help firefighters react more effectively in emergencies. The Community Safety Information program will allow responders to access critical information such as a resident's special medical needs to the number of children and pets living at an address. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 22, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_092205.asp Related Link(s): Hartford Fire Department

First Look At Hartford Restaurants' Health Inspection Results Restaurants often post a menu in their front window to show potential diners what's cooking in their kitchen. In Hartford, a city ordinance now requires them to show how clean and orderly they keep that kitchen. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2012
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Flawed Push For Government-Run System A Bitter Pill For Aetna, City Mark Bertolini an executive vice president for Aetna comments on a bill before the Connecticut General Assembly to create government-run health insurance system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2007
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Focus On Retaining State's Newest Doctors In this opinion piece, the author suggests that proposals to renovate and expand the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington raised the idea of moving the UConn schools of medicine and dentistry into Hartford. Relocation of the medical school to the city might encourage students to move to Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 22, 2011
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Foes Still Throwing Darts After Paid Sick Leave Passage Connecticut will make history as the first state in the nation to mandate paid sick leave for service workers, but many Republicans and Democrats remain bitterly divided over its eventual impact on companies and the economy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 05, 2011
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Food Insecurity: Where's Lunch Coming From? Anxiety about where the next meal is coming from is rising in America, and in Connecticut. A disturbing report released this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that "food insecurity" — worry about running out of it — had dramatically increased nationwide, from 36 million people in 2007 to 48 million in 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 21, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_112109.asp

Food Stamp Project Teaches About Hunger The Food Stamp Project, renamed this year as SNAP Into Action Against Hunger, is a project in which participants who otherwise might not understand the burden of hunger agree to live on just $3 worth of food a day, or the amount a typical food stamp recipient receives. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2009
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Food Workers' Sick Pay Would Serve The Public Susan Campbell suggests that guaranteeing restaurant workers paid sick days would be in the best interests of the public. A bill before the Connecticut legislature would require employers with 50 or more workers to grant one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked. The bill is backed by a broad coalition of groups, including Connecticut Working Families. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 07, 2009
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For People With No Health Insurance, One Day Of Free Care Feb. 3, 2010 was Hartford's turn for a one-day free medical clinic for people with no health insurance. The National Association of Free Clinics, which has been hosting similar events throughout the country since September 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 25, 2010
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Former Health Insurance Insider Pushes For Public Option Rick Green writes that Wendell Potter, a former vice president for corporate communications at CIGNA, returned to the Insurance City recently to politely bite the hand that once rewarded him. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 03, 2009
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Forum On Uninsured Offers Lieberman Few New Ideas On the day Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton added her voice to the rising campaign chorus on covering the uninsured, U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman came to Connecticut to ask what policy-makers here think should be done to provide care for everyone. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2007
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Foundation Helps Children In Need, Keeps Woman's Memory Alive What began with a memorial cliff walk in Newport, R.I., on Aug. 15, 2002 — the day Andréa Rizzo would have turned 25 — has evolved into a multifaceted charity organization that honors the young woman's life and carries out her unfinished dreams. Rizzo, who survived childhood cancer and who loved dancing and teaching children with special needs, was killed by a drunken driver in May 2002. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2010
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Foundation Presents Plan To Provide Universal Health Coverage About 1,000 people packed the Great Hall at Hartford's Union Station recently for the presentation of a comprehensive plan to eventually provide health care coverage to all state residents. The proposal is called SustiNet, Latin for "sustains," and is drawn from the state motto to "reflect the proposal's commitment to health and sustainability," according to the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 14, 2009
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Four-Hundred-Seventy-Five Million Dollars For A New Hospital? Yes, Uconn Rick Green writes about the proposal to spend $475 Million on a new teaching hospital at the University of Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2009
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Free Healthcare For Life For Some Hartford Employees? Segarra Pledges A Review Hartford's interim police chief says he won't take the permanent chief's job without the promise of free healthcare for life. But he wouldn't be the only one to get the perk when he retires. But, Mayor Pedro Segarra says it's time to review the benefit. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 31, 2012
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Fund Community-Based Service Agencies In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that in this time of fiscal austerity, there is at least one part of the state budget government cannot continue to shortchange. In every city and town, the state government relies on nonprofit, private community-based agencies to deliver human services to people with special needs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 24, 2009
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Genetically Engineered Food Needs Labels The Connecticut General Assembly is considering passage of "An Act Concerning the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food." This bill would not only make Connecticut the first state to require such labeling, it would also give the state's citizens a chance to chart the direction of their food system. Labeling food products composed of ingredients grown or raised by genetically modified means will grant every Connecticut consumer the opportunity to make an informed choice. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2013
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Getting A First-Hand Taste Of Hunger In March, Hartford's Food Stamp Project encouraged participants to live on $4 of food a day, the equivalent of what Connecticut's average food stamp recipient gets. A similar project was undertaken in Oregon by the governor. Surviving on a small food budget in the land of plenty takes planning and careful calculations, and hunger is all too common. In the Hartford area, 100,000 people rely on emergency food programs every year; 40,000 of them children. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 6, 2007
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Getting to Zero Community Forum on HIV/AIDS “We’ve become complacent” about AIDS, a community member said during a recent World AIDS Day forum in the Hartford Public Library. This sentiment was echoed by panelists. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: November 29, 2011
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Gold Quits CCMC Post Larry Gold, president and chief executive officer of Connecticut Children's Medical Center, resigned recently, sending another aftershock through an institution that has been rocked by allegations that management and procedural lapses have jeopardized patient safety. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 7, 2006
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Gov. Malloy Is Right: SustiNet Too Costly In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's change of heart this week on SustiNet — the proposed state program to provide health care coverage to the non-insured, the poor, government employees and eventually everyone — makes sense. The governor is right to now not support the program, for several reasons. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 07, 2011
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Gov. Rell Rejects UConn, Hartford Hospital Proposal Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently dealt a critical blow to the University of Connecticut's plan for a new $475 million hospital and partnership with Hartford Hospital, calling the proposal promising but unaffordable. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2009
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Grading Eateries Starting this month, Hartford is making it much easier for diners to know how any restaurant in the city rates in health safety: Inspection grades must now be posted in the establishment. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 12, 2012
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Greater Hartford Arts Council Funding Campaign Stresses Strong Links Between Arts And Wellness The CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council is promoting a new arts strategy that she hopes will deepen a connection to the arts and create new funding opportunities. This new drive is meant to hit home with a holistic message that the arts are an integral part of a community's health: in mind, body and spirit. It's the theme of the 39th annual United Arts Campaign that was launched recently and is raising money for more than 150 arts, culture and heritage organizations in 34 towns throughout Hartford County. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 07, 2010
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Group Gives Parents Helping Hand African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities, or AFCAMP, is a parent advocacy organization whose central mission is to educate, empower, and support parents of children with disabilities in the City of Hartford for the purpose of improving their children's education and quality of life. Financial support comes from city, state and federal funding and the Tow Foundation, the Connecticut Health Foundation and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Learn more in this October 11, 2004 Hartford Courant article. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 11, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/courant_101104.asp Related Link(s): Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (P & A)

Group Urges Green Cleaning The Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice wants Hartford city government to clean its floors and bathrooms with something green. The group has a "Green Cleaning Resolution" being considered for adoption by the Hartford city council. The resolution, if passed, would require the use of nontoxic products in the cleaning of municipal buildings in the city of Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_112207.asp

Group Works To Head Off `Meth' In an effort to stop an illegal drug-use epidemic before it begins the Hispanic Health Council calls for a well-coordinated campaign sponsored by community organizations and government agencies to keep methamphetamine use at bay in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 18, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/courant_121804.asp Related Link(s): Hispanic Health Council

Groups Seek More Help For Hungry A Farm Bill forum was held recently in Hamden. It was organized by End Hunger Connecticut Inc. and the Connecticut Association for Human Services. The aim of the forum was to urge Congress to improve access to food stamp benefits when it writes a new farm bill this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2007
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Groups Vow To Fight Incinerator Expansion About 30 protesters gathered outside the gates of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Agency's trash-to-energy plant in Hartford's South Meadows recently to warn that they're ready to fight any attempt to increase the plant's capacity. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2007
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Guest Work Goes Into Wedding Gifts Bonnie Glasser and John Gaynor have been married three times, between the two of them. They've got all the toasters they need. So this time, the Hartford couple is asking their wedding guests to forgo the gifts and give them the wedding present they really want: a morning of hard work. The couple is dedicating their wedding day to renovating a safe house for families whose homes are contaminated by lead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 19, 2006
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Gun Buy-Back Makes Homes, Streets Safer Public health research has clearly established that unsafe storage of guns and ammunition is associated with an increased risk of suicide and unintentional gun injuries. But in communities across this state, there's been a failure to embrace the action needed to take unwanted guns out of circulation to prevent them from killing, injuring or being used in crimes. The Hartford Gun Buy-Back, which runs Saturday, last year removed from harm's way 118 unwanted working firearms, including 87 handguns from Hartford and surrounding suburbs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 30, 2012
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Handing New $475 Million Facility To Hartford Hospital And Paying Extra To Run It Isn't The Only Option In this opinion piece, the author expresses the opinion that the General Assembly must proceed cautiously as it evaluates the proposed public-private partnership between the University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford Hospital, which would require the state to finance a new "University Hospital" at a cost of $475 million for construction and at least $13 million annually in increased labor costs. But even before the legislature grapples with the question of when and how to fund nearly $500 million in new spending at a time when taxpayers cannot afford it, we must first determine whether this solution would make sense even in good economic times. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 22, 2009
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Hartford Blueprint for Young Children: Delivering the Promise of Success (Full Project Report) On May 16, 2005, Mayor Eddie Perez unveiled a comprehensive five-year plan to enable Hartford's young children to achieve success in school and beyond. The plan was developed under the Mayor's direction by a team of early childhood professionals and community leaders. The plan outlines six goals and the steps necessary to achieve measurable outcomes for young children. Full project report (PDF file, 70 pages) Published by Mayor's Office, City of Hartford ; Publication Date: May 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/education/projectreportBlueprint.pdf Related Link(s): Executive Summary (12 pages, PDF file)

Hartford Can Learn From Mississippi On Obesity If Hartford wants to lose weight, it has a lot to learn from ... Mississippi. Yes, that Mississippi, the one with one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. The state with the highest poverty rate, too. But it's also the state that reduced the rate of overweight children in kindergarten through fifth grade last year by more than 13 percent. It reduced the rate of obesity in high school students, too. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 07, 2013
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Hartford Community Health Partnership Web Site This web site describes the efforts that have been undertaken by the Hartford Health Department, along with health care and community organizations, as well as many citizens, to work towards improving public health in Hartford. It describes new information that is available on the health of Hartford's residents. In English and Spanish Published by Hartford Community Health Partnership ; Publication Date: 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Health/wsd_2004_a.asp Related Link(s): Hartford Health Survey

Hartford Faces Daunting Child Obesity Problem Obesity is the global warming of public health policy. A recent study which found that 37 percent of Hartford preschoolers are overweight or obese, far exceeding national standards. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 03, 2012
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Hartford Fact Sheet 2004, Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) is part of a national collaborative effort to gather information on violent deaths occurring in Connecticut. This fact sheet describes statistics on violent deaths in Hartford during 2004. (PDF document, 6 pages) Published by Connecticut Children's Medical Center ; Publication Date: October 10, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/HartfordCVISS2004.pdf

Hartford Finds Magazine's Report On Fast-Food Consumption In City Surprising A national magazine says its study of America's fast-food consumption concluded that Hartford residents are among the healthiest eaters in the nation's cities. In its September issue, Men's Health magazine reports that its research of fast-food eating habits of 100 cities places Hartford in 99th position, bested only by Buffalo, the city deemed the "most fast-food phobic" of the municipalities studied. Pittsburgh, Miami and Rochester were just behind Hartford as homes to healthy eaters. Carlos Rivera, Hartford's health director, said the story appears to be good news but it's a bit surprising, given results of department surveys of residents. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 21, 2009
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Hartford Food Access Information Hartford has only one full-service supermarket. This page collects information about food access in Hartford including information that may lead to the development of a second supermarket. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: March 2012
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Hartford Health Agencies Awarded Federal Grants To Expand Two city health agencies were awarded a total of $16.1 million in federal economic stimulus money recently to renovate and expand their facilities and increase the number of patients they serve. The Charter Oak Health Center was awarded $10 million to overhaul its Grand Street facility, while Community Health Services Inc. was awarded $6.1 million to remake its Albany Avenue site. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_121009.asp

Hartford Health Survey 2003 The report presents the results of the most recent Hartford Health Survey completed in 2003. These surveys are part of the Hartford Health Department's and Hartford's Community Health Partnership's commitment to elicit feedback directly from Hartford residents on their health and their community, to be responsive to the concerns of the community, and to assess whether the needs of all segments of the community are being addressed. The Hartford Health Survey 2003 includes for the first time, a set of items addressing childhood health issues. The report is prepared by The Institute for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Hartford Hospital. Published by City of Hartford, Health and Human Services Department ; Publication Date: June 2003
Document Link: http://www.hartfordinfo.org/Issues/wsd/Health/healthsurvey2003.asp Related Link(s): Hartford's Community Health Partnership ; The Institute for Outcomes Research & Evaluation at Hartford Hospital

Hartford Health Survey 2006 The report presents the results of the most recent Hartford Health Survey completed in 2006. These surveys are part of the Hartford Health Department's and Hartford's Community Health Partnership's commitment to elicit feedback directly from Hartford residents on their health and their community, to be responsive to the concerns of the community, and to assess whether the needs of all segments of the community are being addressed. The report is prepared by The Institute for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Hartford Hospital. Published by City of Hartford, Department of Health and Human Services ; Publication Date: August 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/HartfordHealthSurvey2006.pdf

Hartford Homeless To Tend To Vegetables, Fruits In Pots Around City In Hartford, the first flower pots filled with vegetable plants have been placed outside several city churches and other locations. The pots, to be decoratively painted by local artists, are designed to provide free, healthy food to hungry city residents and also offer opportunities for the homeless to earn some money by taking care of the plants. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 20, 2012
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Hartford Hospital Opens New Oncology Unit A new, 26-bed inpatient oncology unit opened at Hartford Hospital recently. The unit is part of the hospital's Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2010
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Hartford Hospital’s Life Star Off Critical List — For Now A year after its own life-and-death struggle, the helicopter program at the Hartford Hospital is busy saving lives and making friends. However, like the patients it rushes from crash scenes and trauma sites, Life Star is never far from death’s door. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 22, 2010
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Hartford Kids Get Assist From Okafor, Husky Sport The day has taken them from their tiny oasis of a school, which sits across the street from a boarded building, all the way to the world's most famous basketball arena. The students are part of the Husky Sport program in Hartford. Husky Sport, part of the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education, connects UConn students with youths in Hartford's North End through in-school, after-school and summer activities. Recently the students took a bus to meet Emeka Okafor in Manhattan and see him play for the Charlotte Bobcats against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 10, 2008
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Hartford Neighborhood Assessment: Factors Impacting Student and Family Success The neighborhoods in which children live influence their ability to learn, thrive and succeed in the future. In 2009, a needs assessment was conducted to identify neighborhoods with high risk factors for children, such as high poverty rates and low graduation rates from high school, but also community assets that can foster child development. In this report, we provide updated information for Hartford neighborhoods for 2012, and make comparisons to the 2009 data. (PDF document, 30 pages) Published by Hartford Public Schools ; Publication Date: May 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/Hartford-Neighborhood-Assessment.pdf Related Link(s): University of Connecticut

Hartford Oscar Night All Aglitter The Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition proved Hollywood had nothing on Hartford recently as it hosted its annual Oscar Night Hartford party and fundraiser. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 23, 2009
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Hartford Releases Health Report The City of Hartford released what it calls a health needs assessment today. Mayor Pedro Segarra conceded this -- the study that links poor health with other social issues like education, housing, crime, and poverty doesn't exactly break new ground. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: March 26, 2012
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Hartford Residents Hungry For A Supermarket Downtown It came as no surprise when a recent national study ranked Hartford as the country's eighth worst city — among cities with 100,000 to 250,000 residents — for providing access to healthy foods for its low-income residents. New Haven was fifth in the same category. Connecticut fared no better among states, ranking fourth from the bottom. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2012
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Hartford Restaurants To Get Health Grades Beginning in January, city restaurants will be required to post a letter grade based on their most recent health inspection. Restaurants with a score of 90 to 100 would earn an "A," while those who score 80 to 89 would get a "B." Any restaurant scoring less than 80 would be re-inspected within two weeks, city officials said, and a second failed inspection could cause it to be shut down. Restaurants scoring less than 80 do not get a grade. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 31, 2011
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Hartford Reverses Course On Retiree Health Premiums Months after announcing an unpopular plan to save millions of dollars by hiking the cost of health benefits for city and school retirees, the city has reversed its course. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 16, 2008
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Hartford School Cafeterias Rank Last Hartford high school cafeterias ranked last in a study of food safety inspections for schools in 20 jurisdictions in the country, according to a report recently released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 31, 2007
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Hartford Yoga Studio Puts New Spin On Saving Energy At Downtown Yoga Studios on Pratt Street, pedal power is more than just spinning. Burning calories has generated electricity since 2011 at the studio's Cycled Energy classes thanks to mini-generators attached to its stationary bikes. The power generated is fed into the grid, lowering the studio's Connecticut Light & Power bills. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_040513_1.asp

Hartford's Plan to End Chronic Homelessness by 2015 Mayor Eddie A Perez initiated the development of a plan to end chronic homelessness in the Hartford region by first: convening a Project Team in June 2004 to conduct research and “laying the foundation” for the process, and then in December 2004 appointing a Commission to end chronic homelessness. The report is a summary of the Commission's recommendations. (PDF file, 77 pages) Published by The Commission to End Chronic Homelessness ; Publication Date: June 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/homelessness/Htfd_End_Homelessness.pdf

Hartford: Your Health and Your Environment This web site provides information on a broad range of environmental topics that affect the quality of life in the City of Hartford. The goal of the site is to offer an educational opportunity for Hartford residents and to encourage community participation in urban environmental public policy. The site covers environmental issues that are of concern for Hartford residents, including lead poisoning, asthma, indoor air quality, outdoor air quality and open space. In English and Spanish. Published by Hartford Health Department ; Publication Date: 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Health/wsd_2004.asp Related Link(s): EPA: Urban Environmental Program in New England ; Atlas of Minority and Low-Income Populations in the Capitol Region

Hazardous Protest The Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice says Hartford has more than its share of unsavory facilities. The Coalition recently planned to stage a "die-in" in Constitution Plaza to "demonstrate the effect of a possible accident or fire involving the release of hazardous waste." They are concerned about the transfer planned for a site at 94 Murphy Road in Hartford, which would collect industrial waste like cleaning solvents and motor oil for transportation to disposal sites. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 16, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/environment/htfd_advocate_101608.asp

Health Care Activists Dig In It sounded like good news this week that Connecticut has thousands fewer residents without health insurance, bucking a national increase in the number of uninsured people. But activists see a darker side behind the census numbers and vowed not to let the data impede the push for more dramatic health care reform. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 30, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_083007.asp

Health Care Advocates Bring Protest To State, Business Leaders A demonstration was recently held at the Connecticut State Capitol calling on Governor M. Jodi Rell and the business community, in the form of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, to cut the cost and broaden the accessibility of health insurance during the 2009 legislative session. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 25, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_072508.asp

Health Care Effort Takes A New Turn For months, legislators have argued at the state Capitol over a landmark bill to open up the state-employee health care pool in an attempt to lower insurance premiums for small businesses, municipalities and others. But recently, two top Republican leaders and the state's largest business lobby were surprised to learn that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says there now could be two separate pools — rather than one gigantic pool to drive down insurance premiums. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_052808.asp

Health Care for All Coalition The mission of HCFA members is to provide a universal, affordable, high-quality health care system for all people. This web site provides links to information about health care in Connecticut.
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Health/health_care_all.asp

Health Care Interpreters: Medical Necessity At least 22,000 low-income Connecticut residents who do not speak English well still cannot be sure they will understand or be understood when they arrive at hospitals or clinics for care. Gov. M. Jodi Rell has cut funding for medical interpretation from the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031309.asp

Health Care Law A Win For Small Businesses With sweeping federal health care reform now on the books, business owners are scrambling to make sense of a new range of tax breaks, coverage responsibilities and potential pitfalls by turning to benefits consultants, accountants and insurance brokers for advice and perspective. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 29, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/hbj_032910.asp

Health Care Money Sought Freshman Democrats recently called for the creation of a special trust fund to help pay for future universal health care in Connecticut, a plan they said would save taxpayers money while the debate over coverage rages on. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 23, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_012307.asp

Health Care Public Option Pushed At Hartford Rally And Others Around Nation As the U.S. Senate's finance committee began debate on sweeping health care reform legislation, demonstrators around the country, including in Hartford, renewed a push for a public option plan they say is essential to true reform. In Hartford, more than 200 people gathered in front of the headquarters of health care giant Aetna Inc. on Farmington Avenue waving banners that proclaimed "Americans Need the Public Option Now" and "Aetna's Denials Make Us Sick." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_092309.asp

Health Care Reform Debated Legislative leaders like parts of a health care reform plan unveiled recently by a Connecticut insurance and business group, but some consumer advocates say it doesn't go far enough - except to protect insurers' interests. The Connecticut Health Insurance Policy Council's proposals to get more people insured and increase access to care include expanding Medicaid enrollment and reducing its benefits to the level of commercial health plans. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_010907.asp

Health Care We Can Count On A comprehensive plan to provide health care coverage to all state residents was recently unfurled by the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. The proposal is called SustiNet, Latin for "sustains," and is drawn from the state motto to "reflect the proposal's commitment to health and sustainability." (PDF document, 20 pages) Published by Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut ; Publication Date: January 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/sustinet_proposal.pdf

Health Care: First, We Need To Reform Ourselves The author of this opinion piece suggests that as the economy is showing some signs of life, we need to face a serious problem that is holding us back: How can we expect to compete with the rest of the world when most Americans can't even run around the block? Americans need to take physical fitness seriously. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 06, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_090609.asp

Health Care: What Cure? Senate Bill 1 began life in January 2007 as a simple, one-sentence statement of purpose: "To ensure that all Connecticut residents have access to affordable, quality health care." Three months later, universal health care remains a widely shared goal, but legislative ambitions are now tempered by competing philosophies, budget realities and the complexities of American health care. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_041507.asp

Health Center Bill Is Law; $362 Million Plan Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently signed into law a $362 million initiative that includes expanding and renovating UConn’s John Dempsey Hospital and funding programs involving other area hospitals. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 05, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_060510.asp

Health Center Deal Urged The University of Connecticut Health Center needs a big, modern teaching hospital to replace the outdated John Dempsey Hospital on its Farmington campus if it is to survive, according to a new report presented to members of the General Assembly recently. But that does not mean the state should proceed with its proposed expansion of the Dempsey building. Instead, Dempsey should be closed, and UConn should collaborate with one or more of the hospitals that now compete for patients to create a new medical complex on the health center grounds. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031908.asp

Health Center Makeover The Charter Oak Health Center recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of a multi-million facelift and expansion of its Grand Street facility. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 24, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/cityline_062410.asp

Health Center Merger Would Benefit Economy, Medicine In this opinion piece the author suggests that the plan to merge the UConn's John Dempsey Hospital with Hartford Hospital would not only build on our existing educational and research foundation, it would expand it and give our young medical students a health care industry to work in here in Connecticut. Most important, it will lead to even better health care for the residents of all our communities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_061409.asp

Health Center Proposal Merits Support In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that ambition and reality appear to have found a meeting place in the plan introduced by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to bring needed modernization and regional cooperation to the operation of the University of Connecticut Health Center. Although still substantial, the $352 million cost is significantly better than the previous $500 million plan, which had no chance of passage in a state already on fiscal life support. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 14, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031410.asp

Health Costs: A Break For Workers? The cost of health insurance in the workplace climbed an average 5.5 percent in Connecticut this year and 6.1 percent nationally, but a welcome slowdown is expected in the trend of shifting more medical charges to workers, a new survey says. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 20, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_112006.asp

Health Exchange Braces For Rough Launch When the state's public health exchange launches in October 2013, it will be confusing, a little clunky and time-consuming, say the people overseeing the launch. Access Health CT's chief executive, Kevin Counihan, said that he expects "low satisfaction" among consumers at the start of the health exchange and that it could be up to three years before that turns around. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 01, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_080113.asp

Health Exchange To Open Obamacare Storefronts In Seven CT Cities The state health exchange that started selling Obamacare medical insurance on Oct. 1 has taken a cue from Apple: It has opened its own stores. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 06, 2013
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Health Foundation Cites Racial Disparities In Diabetes A new report from the Connecticut Health Foundation found that black people in Connecticut are dying prematurely of diabetes at a higher rate than whites, Hispanics and Asians. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 30, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_033007.asp

Health Insurance in Connecticut - Summary of 2011 U.S. Census Current Population Survey Data The uninsured rate in Connecticut has held relatively steady over recent years, despite high unemployment and a struggling economy. Census data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) reveal that an estimated 8.6% of all Connecticut residents in 2011 were without health insurance for the entire previous year. (PDF document, 6 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: September 12, 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/h12censusinsurancerelfact.pdf

Health Insurance Task Force Begins Uphill Fight Mayor Eddie Perez’s Health Insurance Task Force (HITF) began its quest to give thousands of Hartford residents what they have not been able to get from either the State of Connecticut or the Federal government – affordable health insurance. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 28, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_news_022808.asp

Health Plan Raises Premiums For Lowest-Income Participants The state-managed Charter Oak Health Plan will increase premiums for the second time in 2010 on June 1 as part of Connecticut's effort to reduce its deficit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 21, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_052110.asp

Health Resources @ the Hartford Public Library Includes links to national and local reliable health web sites on a variety of health topics and advancements in medicine. Links to Spanish language version.. Published by The Hartford Public Library ; Publication Date: September 26, 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Health/wsd_092604.asp

Healthcare Crisis According to the Working Families Party (WFP), which organized a recent protest, an estimated 34,000 Hartford residents currently lack healthcare or are under-insured. That is enough people to fill the Hartford Civic Center to capacity two times over Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 14, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_news_021408.asp

Healthcare.gov This is the federal government website which allows people to find and compare health insurance plans. Published by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ; Publication Date: June 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/health/wsd_072610.asp

HealthFirst Connecticut Authority Report to Legislature The HealthFirst Connecticut Authority was charged with studying and recommending ways to guarantee access to health care for all residents of Connecticut. This is their report to the state legislature. (PDF document, 109 pages) Published by Connecticut General Assembly, HealthFirst Connecticut Authority ; Publication Date: March 11, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/Health_First_CT_Authority.pdf

Healthy Corner Hartford Food System, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of the food supply in Hartford, is working to prompt Hartford's small grocery stores to offer more than chips and Lotto tickets. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 02, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_advocate_030210.asp

Heart Surgeon Joe Dell'Orfano Has A Funny Sideline: Being A Stand-Up Comedian While prepping a patient for surgery on a recent morning at St. Francis Hospital, heart surgeon Joe Dell'Orfano tells a story about a catheter salesman. Along the way, he does a Woody Allen impression, which is pretty good, but it seems like his staff has heard it before. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_072909.asp

Here's A Healthy Idea: Paid Sick Days Susan Campbell asks: what is it going to take for us to provide paid sick days for all? If you're sick, you should stay home, but an estimated 600,000 Connecticut employees — and roughly 40 percent of private-sector workers nationwide — don't have paid sick days. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_022410.asp

High School Smoking Down Fewer Connecticut high school students are smoking these days, with the number using cigarettes dropping by about half over the past eight years, according to a state report released recently. The report also found that teenagers are less likely to drink alcohol or use inhalants to get high than they were in 1997, the last time the state completed a full-scale survey of youth risk behaviors. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 7, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060706.asp

Historic Day For Legislature As Seven Vetoes Are Overridden In a historic day at the state Capitol, the Democratic-controlled legislature overrode seven vetoes by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and took the first step toward establishing universal health care coverage in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2009
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Home Sweet Home My Sister's Place, a local nonprofit, will break ground next year on an apartment building in Hartford’s North End to house 30 of the city's homeless. The site of the new building is the former Proctor-Silex factory where an environmental clean-up is under way. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 26, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_042607.asp

Honoring Our Commitment: Building A Stronger Future for Connecticut's Children: 2013 Connecticut KIDS COUNT Data Book Since 2004, the number of children living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level in Connecticut has increased from 24% to 30%. This report provides data and policy information related to child health, education, and family economic well-being. (PDF document, 84 pages) Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services ; Publication Date: May 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/CAHS2013-KIDSCOUNT.pdf

Hope Fades Faced with sizable cuts in federal funding for HIV and AIDS patients in Hartford and New Haven, hundreds of people are facing the elimination of a wide range of services. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 4, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_040407.asp

Hospital Plan: Iffy Prognosis A growing bipartisan chorus of legislators is questioning whether the General Assembly should approve the University of Connecticut Health Center's request for a new hospital in Farmington. The legislators say they have not yet seen enough justification for a new, 352-bed facility that area hospitals complain would drain patients from throughout the region. Also, some lawmakers are hesitant to approve another major project for UConn, given that the state has already earmarked $2.3 billion to renovate and expand the state's flagship university. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_030107.asp

Hospital Showdown In an unprecedented clash, five major hospitals teamed up and went public recently to protest the University of Connecticut's plan to build a $500 million hospital in Farmington. They asked the legislature to block the proposal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Region/htfd_courant_030907.asp

Hospital's Elevators Getting A New Lift With just two aging elevators serving the approximately 6,000 adults and children who use their parking garage each day, officials at Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children's Medical Center say the number one customer service complaint they receive is that it takes too long to get from the car to one's destination. A major elevator expansion project is scheduled to be completed in early 2007. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 28, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_112806.asp

Hospitals Must Adjust To Health Care Reform Connecticut hospitals are under a great deal of scrutiny. This is partly because Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed a significant restructuring of funding to hospitals to halt unsustainable growth in that portion of the state's Medicaid program. Many proponents of health care reform believe that to improve outcomes and lower costs, we must deal with hospitals first. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 29, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_032913.asp

Hospitals Promise United Front Against Malloy Budget Proposal Warning that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget would devastate community hospitals across the state, leaders of Bristol Hospital recently said they would support a vigorous lobbying campaign against it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_022513.asp

Hospitals Seek Survival In Arms Of Health-Care Giant The parent of Hartford Hospital is flexing its muscles as the state’s largest provider of in-patient services by staking out a greater geographical footprint. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/hbj_081009.asp

Hospitals Will Share Tower With a growing need for more space, two of Hartford’s largest hospitals are planning to build a new medical center tower in the city. Hartford Hospital and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center are proposing to construct a new 11-story, $35 million medical office on Washington Street, near downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 24, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/hbj_052410.asp

Housing Fund Will Help Us All There is a serious lack of affordable housing in Connecticut and our economic future may be at risk because of it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_022705.asp Related Link(s): Partnership for Strong Communities Web Site ; ‘Affordable' Still Not Equal: Housing Law Fails to Break Down Barriers in Affluent Towns

How to Get Food in Connecticut Connecticut Association for Human Services provides a useful guide about Connecticut's food programs. Includes sections on Food Stamps, WIC (a program for kids, women and babies), and programs for people 60 or older or who have disabilities, describing who is eligible and how to apply. (PDF file, 30 pages). Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/HowtoGetFoodinCT.pdf

How To Pay For New UConn Health Center Hospital? In this editorial, the Courant comments that Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center make an inspiring case for a new 250-bed replacement for John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. The question is how to pay for it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 15, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031509.asp

Hunger in America 2010: National Report Prepared for Feeding America This report presents the result of a study conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), the nation’s largest organization of emergency food providers. It concludes that the Feeding America system served an estimated 37.0 million different people annually, an increase of 46% since 2005. (PDF document, 430 pages Published by Feeding America ; Publication Date: January 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/feeding_america.pdf

HUSKY Insurance Program Offering A New Option More than 100,000 state residents in the HUSKY insurance program are getting a new option for their health coverage, a model that takes away the insurance company. HUSKY Primary Care, a program being rolled out in the Hartford and New Haven areas, centers on having patients' medical care coordinated by doctors or their staffs, rather than by an insurance company. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_122609.asp

HUSKY Program Extended Governor M. Jodi Rell has agreed to extend the HUSKY program, which was slated to end June 30th, for another two years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_051105.asp

HUSKY, Charter Oak Plans Can Work Together In this opinion piece, the author writes that no one in Connecticut wants to jeopardize access to health care for those who need the help of the state's HUSKY program (Health Care for Uninsured Kids and Youth), such as low-income mothers and children. But they are not alone in their need. We also must advocate for other uninsured people, like the waitresses, the in-home day-care providers, the part-time workers or our neighbors whose employers don't offer health insurance. Until the state's Charter Oak program was introduced, many of these hard-working people were unable to find affordable health care coverage. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 25, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_112508.asp

Immigrants in Connecticut: Labor Market Experiences and Health Care Access This profile of Connecticut’s immigrants is intended to help policymakers, state planners, and service providers better understand the size, characteristics, and needs of the state’s immigrant population. Beyond the basic demographics of the foreign-born population, the report focuses on immigrants in the labor force and health care access for different immigrant groups. (PDF file, 68 pages). Published by Democracy Works ; Publication Date: November 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/immigrants/ct_immigrants.pdf

Improving Access to Children’s Mental Health Care: Lessons from a Study of Eleven States A key piece of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) calls for the expansion of children's mental health coverage by strengthening state and local prevention, intervention, and treatment systems. This report identifies the systemic challenges to ensuring children's access to mental health care and points to encouraging examples of success from 11 states that can be used as a guide when implementing the ACA. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ; Publication Date: March 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/ChildrensMentalHealthCare.pdf

In Final Push For A Law, Paid-Sick-Time Backers Change Bill To Apply To Service Workers Only As a crucial vote on paid sick time approaches in the state Senate, supporters have watered down the bill to cover service workers only. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_051811.asp

In Hartford, More Than 1,000 Receive Medical Help At Free Clinic The insurance capital of America played host recently to the uninsured, more than 1,000 of whom filled the cavernous Connecticut Convention Center for the chance to see a doctor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 04, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_020410.asp

In Hartford, West End Residents Healthier Than Those In Northeast, Upper Albany Neighborhoods Local public health officials and health care providers are zeroing in on health disparities by using the "health equity index," an online tool that measures the correlation between health and the socioeconomic factors that define a community. Some of their findings: residents in Hartford's Northeast and Upper Albany areas lead shorter and sicker lives than people in the West End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 20, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_082012.asp

In Pursuit of Paying Patients With an eye toward their bottom lines, local hospitals are opening an increasing number of affiliated medical centers in the suburbs. These centers aren’t glorified doctor’s offices. They offer one-stop medical shopping for the patient, where blood tests, X-rays, chemotherapy, physical therapy and even a tummy tuck might be provided. The growth of these suburban affiliates is a result of market competition among the hospitals, each vying for a certain patient demographic — those who can pay their bills. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: December 18, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/hbj_121806.asp

In Recovery A grassroots program at a North End health center is salvaging lost lives. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 23, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/drugs/htfd_advocate_022310.asp

In Sickness and Wealth Does a state insurance plan for middle-class families threaten the health of our state's poorest citizens? You won't hear it from the Rell administration, but a new health care plan aimed at healthy middle-class adults is threatening to destabilize the state Medicaid program that serves some of the poorest, most at-risk populations. So say dozens of independent health care advocates. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: July 24, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_advocate_072408.asp

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2004 This report presents data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States based on information collected in the 2005 and earlier Annual Social and Economic Supplements (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. This report has three main sections— income, poverty, and health insurance coverage. Each one presents estimates by characteristics such as race, Hispanic origin, nativity, and region. Other topics include earnings of full-time, year-round workers; poverty among families; and health insurance coverage of children. From U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, P60-229. (PDF file, 85 Pages) Published by U.S. Census ; Publication Date: August 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/health/p60-229.pdf

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009 This report presents data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States based on information collected in 2010 and earlier. Between 2008 and 2009, real median household income declined for non-Hispanic Whites and Blacks, while the changes for Asians and Hispanics were not statistically significant. The poverty rate increased for non-Hispanic Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics, while the change for Asians was not statistically significant. (PDF document, 88 pages) Published by U.S. Census Bureau ; Publication Date: September 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/People/Income_Pov_Health_Ins_2009.pdf

Insight Into Medical Careers Nine Connecticut high school students are taking part in a three-week summer medical camp program at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford which allows students to observe doctors, nurses, physician assistants and other health care professionals as they make their daily rounds, interact with patients and carry out the responsibilities of their jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_071706.asp

Institute Of Living Plans New Unit In response to an ongoing statewide shortage of emergency psychiatric treatment beds for children and adolescents, Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living is opening a new six-bed crisis unit for children later this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_072107.asp

Insurance Bill Faces Veto Threat Gov. M. Jodi Rell is considering vetoing a major health insurance bill after one of the state's largest insurers said the bill would cost the state more than $24 million. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_052008_1.asp

Insurance Bill Missed The Boat When legislation to pool small businesses, municipalities and others in the state-employee insurance plan is delivered dead on arrival at the governor's desk, the autopsy will read: bad timing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_053108.asp

Is Health Plan Ready? The Hartford Courant comments that children enrolled in the state's HUSKY health plan are to begin the transition to a new group of managed care organizations, the same ones that will run the governor's new Charter Oak Health Plan for uninsured adults. The big question remains, is the state ready to serve them? Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 02, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_090208.asp

It's Law, But Is SustiNet Fiscally Sustainable? The plan could cost as much as $1 billion a year, and the state legislature has no plan to pay for it. But even though many questions remain, advocates are overjoyed with the legislature's override of Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell's veto of the SustiNet health care bill. Supporters say the action puts Connecticut on a path to universal health coverage and finding a way to contain costs while improving health. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 22, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_072209.asp

It's Spring - Why Not A Walk Against Sprawl? Tom Condon suggests that a walk would illustrate much of what's wrong with low-density, unplanned fringe development. After more than a half-century of unmitigated development of subdivisions and strip malls across what had been the countryside, experts belatedly discerned a public health problem. Much of it has to do with driving. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 6, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/UrbanSprawl/htfd_courant_050607.asp

It's Time To Do Something: Hundreds Rally At Bushnell Park For Statewide Universal Health Care Coverage The movement for universal health care coverage landed on the legislature's doorstep recently as hundreds of people took to Bushnell Park to send a message. About 350,000 people statewide have no insurance, and as medical costs rise, the numbers are growing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 6, 2007
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John Dempsey Hospital Ranks Last In Consumer Reports List, Says Information Outdated UConn's John Dempsey Hospital is ranked last among teaching hospitals in the U.S. in a recent Consumer Reports article, but hospital officials say the report is based on outdated information. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 28, 2013
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Jumbo Tag Sale To Help Home For AIDS Patients The Tabor House Tag Sale is a massive annual event launched 13 years ago to raise funds for local men and women living with HIV/AIDS. From the first tag sale's $2,000 profit to last year's record $10,000, every dollar and dime has gone straight to Tabor House, one of the state's first AIDS residences. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 5, 2007
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Just Don't Get Sick Undocumented migrants in Connecticut are afraid that seeking health care will get them deported, and when they do get treated, it costs the state and the nation about $60 million a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2006
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Just Pure Medicine Three afternoons a week, a band of volunteers park an old Airstream camper near one of Hartford's Catholic churches, and open The Malta House of Care clinic. While a national debate over covering the uninsured rages in Washington, and dueling plans to extend health coverage to everyone in Connecticut hover in limbo at the state Capitol, this tiny group of volunteers in Hartford is providing health care the old-fashioned way. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 6, 2007
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Keeping Academic Hospital Crucial: UConn Health Merger Best For School, State In this opinion piece, the author suggests that the proposed partnership between the University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford Healthcare Corp., the parent of Hartford Hospital, seeks to boldly transform medical education and the quality of patient care in our region. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2009
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Keeping Children on the Path to School Success: How is Connecticut Doing? How are young children (birth to age 5) progressing toward success in school? It is a question that is piquing the interest of parents as well as policy makers and business leaders across the country because of the strong association between school success and lifetime achievement. By highlighting trends and key findings at the state and local level in five critical areas affecting child development, this publication helps reveal how Connecticut's young children are faring and where action is needed to promote better outcomes. (PDF document - 100 Pages) Published by Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut and the Department of Social Services ; Publication Date: September 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_09_2004.asp Related Link(s): 2004 Connecticut Kids Count Data Book: Family Economic Security: Investing in Families . . .

Keeping Teenagers Alive The Governor's Teen Driving Task Force was formed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in November 2007 in the aftermath of seven teenage deaths in car crashes over a four-month span last year. The group includes parents, police, and representatives from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the insurance industry and others. The panel plans to make final recommendations to the governor in early May 2007. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 21, 2008
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Kids Count Data Center: State Profiles of Child Well-being This 18th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book provides national and state-by-state information and statistical trends on the conditions of America’s children and families. New this year is information on child well-being in Puerto Rico. This year’s essay examines the child welfare system and challenges the country to make lifelong connections for children and youth in foster care a national priority. Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation: Kids Count ; Publication Date: July 1, 2007
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Kids' Mental Health Care Imperiled If parents are lucky enough to find a child psychiatrist in Connecticut for their children, they are likely to find that half no longer take private insurance. Many of those who accept private insurance say restrictions also often force them to prescribe drugs rather than engage in talk therapy, according to a survey of child and adolescent psychiatrists released. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2007
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King On Health Care Dr. Ray Hammond, a Harvard-educated surgeon-turned-AME Zion-minister, was the guest speaker at the House of Restoration Church in the city's impoverished North End, at a service reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy. He focused on access to health care, of which Dr. King was quoted as saying, “Of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 16, 2007
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Laboring For Reform Labor unions, long a voice in health care reform, have grown louder this year and influenced the debate enough to ensure that their ultimate vision of one big insurance plan - or at least coverage for everyone - is not summarily dismissed Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2007
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Lacking English, Patients At Risk An inability to speak for oneself at the doctor’s office can jeopardize patient safety and result in life-threatening mistakes or delayed treatment, advocates of better medical translation say. A federal law directing hospitals to provide qualified language interpreters is 40 years old. But, the biggest obstacle to providing language interpreters has long been money. The Connecticut Health Foundation, a group dedicated to increasing access and eliminating disparities in health care, has released a report documenting, for the first time, the cost of providing language interpreters: $4.7 million a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2006
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Larson: Two City Health Agencies To Get Federal Funding Two city health organizations are getting a combined $16.1 million in federal money to support new construction, according to a senior aide in the office of U.S. Rep. John B. Larson. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 09, 2009
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Lead Poison: City at Risk Hartford's lead poison prevention program is in disarray. Federal funding is being lost, and children are being poisoned. Ramon Rojano, the city's health and human services director, is working to improve conditions. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2004
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Learn About Hunger To raise both consciousness and donations, Charter Oak Cultural Center and Center City Churches are challenging individuals or families to live on a food stamp budget for either a week or a month during March 2007. Participants must agree to buy and eat only what food stamps will provide, and not accept food at social gatherings or eat what's already in the house. Participants can, however, visit soup kitchens or food pantries. In other words, they will eat as many in Hartford do, hand to mouth. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 18, 2007
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Let’s Rethink Decision on UConn Med School Governor Malloy recently announced a bold $900 million investment in the UConn Health Center in Farmington and jammed the plan through a legislative committee in a matter of hours even while Hartford’s medical community, Hartford’s mayor and a number of economists who all had advocated an investment in creation of a Hartford-based medical corridor. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 30, 2011
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Life-Saving Chamber Hartford Hospital uses a hyperbaric chamber to treat multiple conditions ranging from the bends to diabetic ulcers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 1, 2005
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Lifting Antitrust Contract Clause Helps Connecticut Hospitals Serve Uninsured Three more hospitals signed contracts with a state health insurance program after Connecticut's largest insurer changed its own working agreement with hospitals across the state.Roughly 13,000 uninsured adults covered by the state-run Charter Oak Health Plan now can get hospital treatment in all eight counties. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 04, 2010
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Linking HUSKY, Charter Oak Programs Proves Painful Five months ago, Gov. M. Jodi Rell launched her Charter Oak Health Plan, designed to insure adults ages 19 to 64 who couldn't afford to insure themselves. But she linked it with another program, HUSKY, which is for low-income families with children. Health-care professionals who participated in HUSKY also had to take Charter Oak patients, but they proved reluctant to do that. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 30, 2008
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Loan Fund Finds Interest For Grocery Store In Downtown Hartford The first major foray into the grocery store business in downtown Hartford ended in failure, but two other potential operators may give it a try. The Hartford Community Loan Fund said recently it has secured a supermarket operator interested in running a 50,000-square-foot store. The store could be part of a larger, mixed-use development that might be built on Main Street, just north of the central business district, an area the city is calling "Downtown North." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2013
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Local Food Stores Join Health Initiative Many city residents buy all or at least some of their groceries from one of the many small food stores which dot Hartford’s neighborhoods. The Hartford Food System is partnering with these smaller retailers to improve the nutritional quality of groceries that are sold at their stores. Through the Healthy Food Retailer initiative, stores receive promotional assistance and support from city-administered programs in return for shifting a portion of their shelf space from “junk food” to normal groceries. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 9 - 16, 2007
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Malloy Calls For Expanding Medical, Dental Schools At UConn Health Center Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently announced a major transformation of the University of Connecticut Health Center, including adding 100 students to the medical school, 48 students to the dental school and 3,000 construction jobs in Farmington. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2011
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Malloy Crafting Grander Plan For UConn Health Center Expansion Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is preparing an ambitious proposal to renovate and expand the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, creating thousands of bioscience, medical and construction jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 13, 2011
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Malloy Lobbies Business for Sick Leave Mandate Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told business leaders recently he will support legislation requiring paid sick leave for employees, which many companies oppose. Two days after taking office as the state's first Democratic governor in two decades, Malloy struck a conciliatory tone in his first appearance before the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, the state's largest business group. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 07, 2011
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Malloy Retreats From SustiNet In his strongest statement yet that he has abandoned the SustiNet health care legislation moving through the General Assembly, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said recently that he "does not think this piece of legislation is the right vehicle" for achieving health reform in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2011
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Malloy's Hospital Cuts Will Hurt Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is commendably intent on creating jobs in Connecticut with grants, tax credits and loans. It's confusing, then, that he would have a different approach to a group of employers — hospitals — that provide great-paying jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 18, 2013
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Malloy, Legislative Leaders Still Far Apart On SustiNet Health Reform Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's objections to creating a quasi-independent board to administer Connecticut's proposed SustiNet health care reform can be easily remedied by rewriting the law, Democratic legislative leaders said recently, but no talks are underway to resolve the growing rift between Malloy's office and members of his own party over the plan. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 06, 2011
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Malta House is Godsend for Uninsured The Malta House of Care’s mobile medical center sets up shop at several Hartford churches, including St. Augustine’s Church on Campfield Avenue. It is designed to provide primary care to uninsured people on a first come, first serve basis. The care offered is strictly primary care, with emphasis on untreated conditions. The mobile medical center is primarily staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 11 - 18, 2007
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Mandatory Sex Ed Would Help Keep Teens Safe In this opinion piece, the author suggests that with more than one-third of all sexually active state teenagers not using condoms during sex, we need to mandate sexual education in public high schools and teach students about safe sex; this will arm them with the information and knowledge to make healthy sexual decisions. Connecticut does not require public high schools to offer sexual education. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2008
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Mayor Plans Agency for Children Mayor Eddie A. Perez announced May 16th his vision to improve the health and education facilities for children up to age 8 in Hartford, describing it as a “new city agency.” Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2005
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Mayor Proposes Coordination of Health Care Services The "Healthy Communities Initiative," according to Mayor Eddie Perez, is a plan to coordinate the city's health care institutions in a way that would make it easier for uninsured patients to seek health care in Hartford. The plan calls for building a network amongst local health care providers to ensure efficiency in the treatment of uninsured patients. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 7, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_050705.asp Related Link(s): UNINSURED: The Costs and Consequences of Living without Health Insurance in Connecticut

Mayor's Healthy Community Initiative: A Health Network for Hartford's Uninsured Brochure Information about the Mayor's Healthy Community Initiative (MHCI), a project to assist Hartford's uninsured population by giving them a medical home. (PDF file, 2 pages) Published by Mayor's Healthy Community Initiative ; Publication Date: May 2006
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Mayor's Healthy Community Initiative: Executive Summary Executive Summary of the Mayor's Health Community Initiative. MHCI—The Mayor’s Healthy Communities Initiative—is a new Hartford health network designed to better serve the healthcare needs of the city’s estimated 30,000+ uninsured residents. The Office of Mayor Eddie Perez is working with the City’s major hospitals and clinics to implement the program’s three major objectives: Create a common, shared Medical Information Database and Patient Membership Card System to better coordinate the healthcare services offered by the City’s safety net providers to uninsured patients; provide assigned Patient Navigators who will guide uninsured residents through the healthcare system, including assisting with the enrollment process required to obtain Medicaid insurance assistance, if eligible; offer Medical Interpreters/Cultural Translators to help patients better communicate with their medical caregivers. (PDF file, 4 pages) Published by Mayor's Healthy Community Initiative ; Publication Date: May 2006
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MDC Begins Replacing Century-Old Sewer System The largest public works project in Hartford history started recently, a massive effort to redo part of the city's century-old plumbing and curtail the millions of gallons of sewage and storm water that overflow into the basements, streets and streams of the North End after heavy rain. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 02, 2009
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Med Schools A Crucial Part Of Health Center Mission, Operations The dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center expresses the opinion that a relocation of the UConn Medical and Dental schools would irreparably harm the university's ability to ensure that Connecticut's only public academic medical center meets the health care, education and economic development interests of our state and region. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 30, 2011
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Medical Survey Results Show Health Reform Will Overburden Connecticut Doctors Health care reform is poised to increase the number of people with health insurance, but the newly insured may have a hard time finding a doctor, according to a survey of primary care physicians by the Connecticut State Medical Society. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2010
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Meth Threat In State Described Meth is making inroads into the state, according to a three-year survey by the Hispanic Health Council released Tuesday at a recent symposium in Hartford for state officials. Officials from law and drug enforcement and treatment, environmental protection and public health and welfare were present. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 12, 2005
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Money For Stem Cells Connecticut handed out $20 million to scientists working on groundbreaking research into the use of embryonic stem cells recently, becoming among the first states in the nation to step into a role the federal government has refused to take on. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2006
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Monitor: DCF Is Doing Better The Department of Children and Families is making "tremendous progress" toward its federally mandated goals of improving the lives of abused and neglected children, but there are still significant areas that need work, a federal monitor reported recently. On the positive side, DCF is doing better at visiting abused children in foster homes, searching for relatives before placing kids in foster care and keeping siblings together in foster families. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2006
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More Schools May Have To Offer Breakfast Connecticut ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to providing school breakfasts to needy students, a distinction state lawmakers are hoping to change. A bill pending in the legislature would require nearly two dozen elementary and middle schools to begin offering breakfast. And hundreds of other schools that already serve breakfast voluntarily would have their breakfast programs become mandatory if at least 40 percent of their students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, an indicator of poverty. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 27, 2008
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More Space For Changing Needs Of Emergency Department At St. Francis St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center's new emergency department was scheduled to open in April 2011. Given the over-crowding in the facility, it is a welcome facility. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2011
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Most Shocking Hospital Bill? Lobbying A single large number demonstrates that Connecticut hospitals are making self-indulgent spending decisions: $701,956. That's how much Jennifer Jackson, the head of the Connecticut Hospital Association, made in 2009, the most recent year the information is available. But wait, there's more. CHA deploys a small army of lobbyists at the Capitol to make sure the money keeps flowing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2011
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Move UConn Medical Schools To Hartford In this opinion piece, the author, a physician and former Hartford city councilor Robert Painter, suggests that before the state builds a $236 million hospital tower at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, it should evaluate the additional space that would be made available by moving the medical and dental schools to downtown Hartford. Such a move would make more space available at the health center for new hospital beds and expanded research. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 09, 2010
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Munch On This In Connecticut's cities, the food crisis continues. In his new book, Mark Winne, former head of the Hartford Food System discusses the unequal distribution of wealth in the country and what he has dubbed the “food gap.” Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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National and State Healthcare Associated Infections Standardized Infection Ratio Report The National and State Healthcare-associated Infections Standardized Infection Ratio Report (Jan.-Dec. 2010) presents a comprehensive summary of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) data collected in CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network. Participation in NHSN is a state-mandated requirement for healthcare facilities in 22 states. (PDF document, 32 pages) Published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ; Publication Date: March 29, 2012
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National Survey of Children's Health, 2011/2012 The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) includes national and state-level data on hundreds of child health indicators. These standardized national, state and regional level population data are specifically designed to assist states with child health needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, policy and standards development, monitoring, training, applied research and development of systems of care for children and youth. Published by Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health ; Publication Date: March 2012
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National Women’s Health Week, May 14 - 20, 2006 This National Women’s Health Week, May 14 - 20, 2006, the Black Women’s Health Council urges women to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider for a ‘check-up’ and health screenings. Through our focus on research, education, outreach and self-empowerment, the Black Women’s Health Council seeks to improve the overall health and well being of the culturally and ethnically diverse community of Black women residing in the Greater Hartford area. Published by womenshealth.gov ; Publication Date: May 2006
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New Health Plan In Mix Seeking to solve Connecticut's health care woes, state Senate Democrats unveiled a $450 million proposal recently that would provide coverage to about 40 percent of the state's uninsured. More than half of the money - $250 million - would be used to boost Medicaid reimbursement rates to hospitals, doctors, dentists and others who provide care for the poor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 26, 2007
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New Home On Homestead Chrysalis Center provides a variety of mental health services to some 2,000 residents of Greater Hartford, a majority of them city residents. The agency operates in nine locations around the city, but will soon consolidate administration and four sites into one, the former Sealtest Dairy building at Homestead Avenue and Woodland Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 26, 2006
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New Hospital Proposal Still In Limbo The legislative session ended recently with no final action on a proposed plan for the future of the ailing University of Connecticut Health Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 04, 2009
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New Schools: Hartford Public High School Nursing Academy Even in a tough economy, the walls of Hartford Public High School Nursing Academy are decorated with promises of a job. Nursing, the signs say, is forever. But the academy, one of four that opened at Hartford Public High School this year under a major reformation of the school district, is not meant to land students a nursing job right out of high school, but to get students into four-year colleges, administrators said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 12, 2009
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New UConn Hospital? Or No UConn Hospital? In this opinion piece Myron Genel writes about the recent study regarding the replacement of the John Dempsey Hospital that recommends discussions between the health center and regional hospitals should have the goal of developing strong academic clinical partnerships. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2008
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No Happyness From The Edge Of The Abyss A candlelight service for the homeless who have died this year was held recently in Hartford. The brainchild of the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the service calls attention to the fact that people die because of homelessness - not just because they're out in the elements - but because they don't have access to medical care. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 20, 2006
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Noncitizens Struggle After Losing Health Benefits After undergoing eight cycles of chemotherapy for leukemia earlier this year, Claudia De Borhorquez was prescribed several medications, costing well over $1,000 each month. She purchased her regimen for July, but before she could get the next round of drugs, she received a letter from the state. It began: "Effective July 1, 2011, state-funded medical assistance for most noncitizens will end." De Borhorquez, 70, is one of about 4,700 people in Connecticut who are in the U.S. legally but have not yet obtained citizenship, and recently lost their health benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 01, 2011
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Northeast Sweeps US Well-being Study We're number 1! In well-being, that is. Connecticut is at the top of the list of well-being in the U.S., beating out Massachusetts and New York. So says a study from the American Human Development Project. The project is part of the New York-based Social Science Research Council. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 11, 2010
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On AIDS Awareness Day, A Push For Sex Education It wasn't a typical alliance: teenagers and AIDS activists rallying together on the steps of the state Capitol recently. But according to members of both groups, who teamed up to promote AIDS awareness and the need for comprehensive sex education in schools, the causes have a lot in common. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 24, 2008
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On the Cutting Edge Health care officials who predict the gradual extinction of small physician practices in Connecticut probably have not met Dr. Edward Rippel. Rippel’s one-man practice in Hamden has all the hallmarks of where many believe the industry is headed. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 21, 2011
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One Connecticut Web Site One Connecticut is an organization dedicated to narrowing Connecticut's divides in income, education and health care through equitable taxes, sufficient public investment and a vibrant democracy. The web site includes descriptions of each of the issue areas: budget and taxes, housing, good jobs/economic security, education, health, and democracy. Published by One Connecticut ; Publication Date: 2005
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One Pill Makes You Small For months, the administration of Governor Jodi Rell has turned a deaf ear to critics of her Charter Oak Health Plan who say the state-subsidized program left poor families on Medicaid in danger of losing their doctors. That stubbornness turned to pettiness last week when the Rell administration struck back at its critics with demands to see every e-mail, phone message and letter they had concerning her signature health care plan. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 27, 2008
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Opening of Pharmacy School Signals New Era for St. Joseph St. Joseph College moved a step closer to becoming a major player in the health education market recently when the School of Pharmacy finally opened its doors, a year behind schedule. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 05, 2011
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Opposition to Waste Transfer Station A proposal for a new waste transfer facility on Murphy Road is facing opposition from the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice and from some on the city council. The city council doesn't technically have a say in matters like these, but that doesn't mean it can't try for a voice. So Councilman Luis Cotto is pushing a resolution in opposition to the facility proposed by Heritage-Crystal Clean, LLC and hopes the planning and zoning commission listens. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2009
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Others Do Health Care As We Idle Stan Simpson discusses the attempts to reform health insurance and the health care system in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 2, 2007
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Outsourcing The Hospital A month ago, University of Connecticut leaders pulled the plug on a proposal by Hartford Hospital to merge with the UConn Health Center to form a first-rate medical school/hospital complex. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 27, 2009
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Paid Sick Days The General Assembly is considering a bill that would require companies to allow their employees to earn paid time off. The author of this opinion piece is a business owner who supports state mandated paid sick leave for employees. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 17, 2010
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Paid Sick Days An Issue Again One day into the legislative session, Rep. Selim G. Noujaim is already crafting his argument against a measure that would require businesses to give their employees paid sick days. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 05, 2010
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Paid Sick Days Good For Business, Employees In this opinion piece, the author suggests that earlier this year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addressed the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and voiced his support for legislation requiring large businesses in Connecticut to provide employees with a few paid sick days a year. The CBIA, the state's main business lobby, was up in arms. To hear them tell it, granting a few paid sick days a year is just too expensive for Connecticut's employers. As a successful business owner and CBIA member, that's not how the author sees it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2011
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Paid Sick Leave Advances in Legislature A bill that would require companies with 50 or more employees to offer paid sick leave advanced in the legislature with a 6-5 vote of the labor committee. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 04, 2011
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Paid Sick Leave Bill Clears First Hurdle In The State Senate By the slenderest of margins, a controversial measure requiring companies with 50 employees or more offer paid sick days to their workers cleared its first hurdle in the state Senate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2011
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Paid Sick Leave Bill Gets Public Hearing Tuesday Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has repeatedly told the state's businesses that he supports mandatory paid sick leave for employees, a key issue business lobbyists have fought for years. Unlike his predecessor, Malloy has made it clear to legislators that if they approve this year's paid sick leave bill, he will sign it into law. As a result, this year's debate over the bill has reached a fever pitch. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 02, 2011
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Paid Sick Leave Bill Heads To Full Senate After Committee OK Advocates hope the third time's the charm for legislation mandating paid sick leave. After much debate, the legislature's appropriations committee voted 28-18 to approve a bill that would require businesses with 50 or more employees to let workers accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick time a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 24, 2010
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Paid Sick Leave Bill Narrowly Passes Appropriations Committee A controversial bill that would mandate paid sick leave won the narrow approval of the budget-writing appropriations committee recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 10, 2011
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Paid Sick Leave Law Causing Problems For Municipalities When state legislators debated last year whether to require paid sick leave for certain workers, most of the arguments focused on how it would affect businesses. Mostly lost in the conversation was how paid sick leave law would affect municipalities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 06, 2012
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Paid-Sick-Leave Bill Headed For Senate Connecticut moved a step closer recently to becoming the first state in the nation to mandate paid sick leave. A bill requiring businesses with 50 or more workers to offer paid time off to sick employees cleared the legislature's judiciary committee by a vote of 21-15. The measure has already passed the labor committee and now awaits action in the Senate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 27, 2011
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Parents Pushing For Healthier Lunches At Schools Parents and a handful of students streamed into the St. James Episcopal Church on recently for an audience with Mayor Eddie A. Perez to complain about the healthfulness of school lunches. Specifically, the group asked for food with fewer carbohydrates, less fat and fewer fried options. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 03, 2007
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Pathways to Equal Health: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Connecticut The Connecticut Health Foundation's Policy Panel on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities report includes 14 state policy recommendations that begin to address health disparities. Recommendations are focused in four areas — Social and Environmental Factors, Data Collection, Language Barriers, and Workforce Diversity. The report includes practical recommendations to policymakers, nonprofit organizations and private institutions. PDF file, 44 pages) (Also in Spanish, see related link) Published by The Connecticut Health Foundation (CHF) ; Publication Date: March 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/health/disparities_english.pdf Related Link(s): Caminos Hacia La Igualdad en Salud

Picking Fresh Katie Martin, an assistant professor in residence at the University of Connecticut's department of allied health sciences. recently completed a study that looked at the produce sections of 19 small neighborhood food stores in Hartford and their customers' shopping habits. The study found that for each additional type of fruit that was stocked in a store, customers were 12 percent more likely to buy fruit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2012
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Pioneers Commute By Bike Biking to the office saves energy, promotes personal health and is part of a national movement. Rick Green tells us that Hartford is now adding bike lanes when it repaves streets. Soon distinctive red bike racks will be installed downtown. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2007
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Pipe Line Problems Targeted More than $200 million in new state pollution control spending over the next two years includes money to correct long-standing problems in Hartford caused by combined storm and sanitary sewers. The Metropolitan District Commission is to receive $10.4 million over the next two years to help resolve sewage problems in the city's Upper Albany area. Residents in that area have for years complained of sewer back-ups caused by overflows from the combined storm and sanitary sewers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 26, 2006
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Pitting The Poor Against The Poorer In this opinion piece, the author expresses the opinion that requiring proof of citizenship from all HUSKY clients is making them complicit in a campaign that would persecute impoverished families for the crime of being poor, vulnerable and needing to live in the United States to survive. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2007
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Plans For Children's Fitness/Wellness Center In Hartford Unveiled Congressman John B. Larson, First Lady Cathy Malloy and Family Life Education are well underway with their battle against what they call the silent killer of children: obesity. Plans for a new state-of-the-art Children's Fitness/Wellness Center in Hartford – estimated at $500,000 – were released Friday morning at the Family Life Education building, where the facility will be built. The purpose of the facility is to provide low-income urban families with free access to comprehensive fitness and health programs, said executive director Candida Flores. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2013
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Plaudits For Greater Hartford Greater Hartford's self-image always needs a boost, and last week got two gold stars. Forbes magazine named Hartford as one of America's fittest cities. Also, Kiplinger, the personal finance magazine, named West Hartford one of its "10 Best Cities for the Next Decade." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 01, 2010
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Poor Health: Adding Insult to Injury for HOPE VI Families This brief suggests that the health situation of HOPE VI families is a problem so severe that it calls for urgent attention and new approaches to providing effective services to this extremely vulnerable population. Poor health is an even bigger problem for HOPE VI families than lack of employment. Hartford is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point. (PDF document, 10 pages) Published by The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
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Poor Kids' Teeth In Poor State An investigation into the oral health of Connecticut school kids has uncovered a particularly bleak picture for poor and nonwhite children. The state Department of Public Health reported recently that nonwhites experienced severe tooth decay at twice the rate of white children. And poor children - regardless of race or ethnicity - were three times more likely to have multiple cavities by third grade when compared to third-graders from families with higher incomes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 19, 2007
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Possible $100 Million Grant Doesn't Settle UConn Hospital's Future Two days after U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd succeeded in getting a $100 million grant for a university hospital into the Senate health reform bill, it remained unclear how a potential new pool of federal funding would affect the long-standing debate over the future of the UConn Health Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 22, 2009
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Premiums vs. Paychecks: A Growing Burden for Connecticut's Workers Families USA has undertaken the first state-by-state analysis of growing health care premiums versus stagnant earnings over the past six years. Over the past six years (2000 to 2006), family health insurance premiums for Connecticut’s workers rose 5.8 times more quickly than median earnings. On average, family health care premiums rose by 77.0 percent, while median earnings rose by only 13.2 percent. (PDF file, 12 pages) Published by Families USA ; Publication Date: 2006
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Prevention for a Healthier America Keeping people healthier is one of the most effective ways to reduce health care costs. This study examines how much the country could save in health care costs if we invested more in disease prevention, specifically by funding proven community-based programs that result in increased levels of physical activity, improved nutrition (both quality and quantity of food), and a reduction in smoking and other tobacco use rates. (PDF document, 72 pages) Published by Trust for America's Health ; Publication Date: February 2009
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Prison Chief Backs Budget Money for halfway houses, parole staff and programs to help inmates be productive citizens are some of the programs in the $1.2 billion budget that Governor M. Jodi Rell has proposed for the Department of Correction for the next tow fiscal years. The head of the state's prison system says that these programs help prisoners re-enter society as healthy and successful citizens. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 23, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/prisonerre-entry/htfd_courant_022305.asp Related Link(s): Community Partners in Action ; Budget Carries Bush Stamp

Prison Is No Place To Put The Mentally Ill Allan Atherton, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut, expresses the opinion that the recent controversy surrounding prison overcrowding in Connecticut has placed a spotlight on conditions for those with serious mental illnesses in the criminal justice system. All too often, people diagnosed with serious mental illnesses in prison have committed misdemeanors or nonviolent, low-level crimes because they have been forced to live on the streets because of the lack of supportive housing and treatment. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 29, 2007
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Program Targets Nurse Aides The 'Bridges to Health Care Training' program is a 60 week pilot program that offers college classes to certified nurse aides. 'Bridges' is intended to give participants opportunities in health or health related careers and of earning more advanced degrees. The program, which started in January, is funded by a state grant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 24, 2005
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Proposal Makes UConn Health Center, Hartford Hospital Partners University of Connecticut officials recently touted an ambitious proposal to partner the financially troubled University of Connecticut Health Center with Hartford Hospital, a plan that promises to end the Health Center's habit of seeking taxpayer bailouts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 04, 2009
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Proposals Offered to Eliminate Inequality in Health Care Access An expert panel recently made 14 specific proposals aimed at eliminating racial and ethnic inequality in health care access. The 14 proposals, grouped in four main areas, are meant to be practical and realistic goals. The four main areas are: Social and Environmental Factors, Data Collection, Language Barriers, and Workforce Diversity. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 4, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_030405.asp

Proposed City Ordinance Would Require Permits For Cutting Down Large Trees The Hartford City Council is considering an ordinance that would require local property owners to obtain a permit before they remove large trees growing on their land. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 21, 2010
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Proposed Paid Sick Leave Bill Would Have Minimal Impact on Employers, New Study Says Connecticut's proposed bill on paid sick leave would have a minimal impact on business as a share of company sales, costing the average employer that doesn't now offer the benefit less than two-tenths of a percentage point of total sales, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute, a labor-backed, left-leaning group. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2011
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Providers Fear Malloy's Budget Will Increase Health Care Costs For Poor On Jan. 1, 2014, the federal government will begin funding a massive expansion of health insurance coverage. At the same time, if Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gets his way, Connecticut will scale back what it pays for poor people to receive health-care coverage and mental-health and hospital services. Published by CT Mirror ; Publication Date: March 22, 2013
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Psychiatric ER Visits By Children Increase The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut recently released a report showing an 11 percent increase in emergency room visits by children with psychiatric problems from 2001 to 2005. The increases occurred even as the state was rolling out KidCare, a program that was supposed to expand community mental health programs to divert troubled children and teens from overcrowded emergency rooms. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 1, 2007
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Puppet Shows Help Hispanic Health Council Promote Proper Nutrition For more than a decade, the Hispanic Health Council, in partnership with the University of Connecticut, has been educating Hartford's young students with an entertaining series of six puppet shows that carry serious messages about nutrition, obesity, exercise, food safety, diabetes and heart disease. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 11, 2009
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Put The UConn Health Center In Hartford Rick Green writes that he applauds Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra for stating the obvious. The University of Connecticut's medical school, and its health center, should be in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 18, 2011
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Putting Kids' Benefits At Risk Despite recommendations to do otherwise, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has changed the Husky program — insurance for the state's children and youths — and linked it with her new Charter Oak Health Care, which is supposed to provide insurance for all. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 27, 2008
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Questionable Numbers Could Sink Overhaul The Connecticut General Assembly is considering two historic bills addressing the two disasters of health care and public debt that, along with energy, threaten the economic viability of our nation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 19, 2009
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Rate Of People Without Health Insurance Drops In State Connecticut was one of only five states where the number of people without health insurance dropped significantly in the past two years, but the number of poor people in the state has remained largely unchanged, according to Census Bureau reports released recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 27, 2008
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Recession Has Kept Jobs, Income Flat In Connecticut The recession's stubborn gravity has kept Connecticut's economy mired for the past several years as incomes stayed flat and jobs remained elusive. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2012
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Recovery Homes Offer A Smarter Path Back Connecticut's prison population hit an all-time high this year, but that wasn't the worst news. The real problem is who is in jail. Nearly 4,000 inmates have a diagnosis of mental illness. UConn law professor Robert Whitman knows there's a better and much less expensive way to treat many of the people struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Whitman is a driving force behind a form of community housing called by the acronym PATH, for People Advocating Therapeutic Homes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 04, 2008
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Reduce School Bus Emissions Each day, the routine act of riding a school bus exposes children to a toxic mix of airborne carcinogens and particles from diesel exhaust. This Courant editorial supports the bill before the Connecticut General Assembly which requires the use of established technologies to reduce emissions for school buses around the state by 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2007
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Rell Calls Out Critics Of Charter Oak Health Plan With the health care of 345,000 vulnerable children and their parents at stake, Gov. M. Jodi Rell is engaged in an extraordinary showdown with legislators and health care advocates. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 23, 2008
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Rell Health Plan Casualty: HUSKY In this opinion piece, the author expresses the opinion that starting Sept. 1, 2008, Gov. M. Jodi Rell will begin to force about 338,000 low-income children and parents on Connecticut's HUSKY health insurance program into HMOs. This plan will not improve the quality of their health care or save money. Rather, it will largely destroy their access to care and at an increased cost to the taxpayers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 20, 2008
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Rell Not Responding To Clergy Call For Health Care Reform Members of the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care, an unusual collaboration of clergy that crosses faith boundaries, agree: accessible and affordable health care is a matter of faith. They want to talk to Gov. Rell about their proposal for universal health care. So far, she has not agreed to meet. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 15, 2009
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Rell Vetoes Health Pool Bill Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently vetoed a highly controversial "pooling" bill that would have allowed municipalities and small businesses to join the state's health insurance plan — but she tempered the rejection with a pledge to work with Democrats for a better bill next year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2008
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Rell's Health Plan Hit State lawmakers are criticizing Gov. Jodi M. Rell and the Department of Social Services for going forward with a subsidized health insurance plan for uninsured residents without addressing their concerns about the plan's coverage and whether it is financially sustainable. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 05, 2008
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Rell, Democrats Clash Over Health Care Bill Gov. M. Jodi Rell clashed with Democratic leaders over a sweeping health care reform bill on the last day of the 2007 legislative session, threatening to veto the $390 million package without a new state budget to pay for it. Democratic leaders - who have close to a veto-proof majority on their health care plan - vowed to push it through. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 7, 2007
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Rep. Gonzalez Urges Governor To Support Businesses, Women With Infants State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, who represents Hartford, hailed the passage of an amendment she authored to protect small convenience store owners against the loss of their vendors licenses for the Women with Infant Children Program (WIC) that provides assistance with baby nutrients and products. Published by Northend Agent's ; Publication Date: May 21, 2008
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Report Backs Hospitals' Case For more than a decade, officials at Connecticut hospitals have complained that continuous financial bleeding was threatening their institutions. A new legislative report suggests they may be right. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2006
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Report Bolsters Lack Of Health Care, Premature Death Link Three adults die prematurely each week in Connecticut on average because they lack health insurance, and more than 1,100 died over seven years, says a new report that's likely to weigh on consciences in the debate over lack of universal health care reform. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 03, 2008
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Report Calls For Public Campaign To Improve Nutrition In Hartford A new report on nutrition in the city recommends that Hartford leaders, city schools, community organizations, businesses and philanthropists collaborate on a public campaign to reduce childhood obesity over the next five years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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Report Details Health Spending Connecticut could provide health coverage to every uninsured resident for $343 million annually, just 2.3 percent of the nearly $15 billion spent on health care in the state, a new study says. The Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut recently released the report to make the case that universal health care is an affordable solution to a 5-year trend of health insurance costs rising three times faster than wages. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2006
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Report of Findings and Recommendations on Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Connecticut This report draws from testimony on barriers to access to and coverage for preventive and treatment services for mental health and substance use. The report makes eight substantive recommendations aimed to alleviate the current fractured and fragmented method of delivering care. (PDF document, 61 pages) Published by State of Connecticut, Office of the Health Advocate ; Publication Date: January 2, 2013
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Report: 37 Percent of Hartford Preschoolers Are Overweight Or Obese A recent study of city preschoolers shows that more than one-third are overweight or obese, far exceeding national standards and confirming a trend that Mayor Pedro Segarra called "extremely alarming." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 28, 2012
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Report: CT Asthma Rate Higher Than U.S. The rates of asthma for children and adults in Connecticut is higher than the national average and children in cities have a particularly high rate of the respiratory disease, according to a report released by state health officials recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 06, 2012
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Residents Want Tougher Noise Law A dozen Hartford citizens spoke at a public hearing recently in favor of an amendment aimed at strengthening the city's noise ordinance. The amendment — part of a push by the city to combat "quality of life" crimes — would make any noise that is "plainly audible at a distance of 100 feet from its source, by a person of normal hearing," a violation of city law. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 27, 2007
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Restaurant Ratings The installment of letter grades on restaurant windows and doors recently has created confusion, even though the ordinance responsible for this was adopted and in effect in June 2011, with an 8-0 vote from City Council. Restaurants, already requiring inspection, now must display the outcome of these routine checks. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: January 13, 2012
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Rising Tide: Report Two - Statewide Utilization, 2001 - 05 Based on a recent analysis of emergency room (ED) utilization patterns in the state, the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) reports that the total volume of ED visits increased by 15% between 1995 and 2004. This volume increase is almost entirely attributable to an increase in the rate of ED visits, as opposed to an increase in population. Against this backdrop of increases in overall ED utilization, this report examines ED utilization specifically for behavioral health crisis services for children during the period 2001-05. (PDF document, 50 pages) Published by Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut ; Publication Date: May 2007
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Saxophone Player, Injured By Stroke, Plays To Hospital Patients Time was, Ken Carter played the saxophone in the smoky blues clubs and jazz joints of New York City. These days his stage is a sterile hospital unit, his audience a bustling medical staff and their recovering patients. He serenades them five days a week at St. Francis or neighboring Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, bringing nurses and visitors to dance in the corridors, compelling toes to tap from under their bed linens. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2008
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Scaled Down Sustinet Plan Moves Ahead After months of debate on the controversial Sustinet health care reform proposal, lawmakers have reached an agreement on a deal that will open up the state employees and retiree’s health plan to employees of municipalities and some nonprofits, but that is about it. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 30, 2011
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School Leaders Discuss Expanding School Breakfast Programs Education leaders from across Connecticut gathered at Rentschler Field recently for the second annual Connecticut School Breakfast Summit, where they shared strategies for providing healthy morning meals to hungry students. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 26, 2013
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Schools Tempted To Ban Sweets Districts across the state are deciding whether to ban the traditional bake sales - and any other sale of fatty, sugary snacks - in exchange for a 10-cent-per-meal reimbursement from the state Department of Education. A state law passed earlier this year already bans soda from being sold in schools. The state incentive is meant to encourage districts to go beyond that. Under Public Act 06-63, snacks that do not meet the state's nutritional guidelines for fat and sugar content cannot be sold in schools that sign up for the program. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 22, 2006
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Searching for Markets: The Geography of Inequitable Access to Healthy & Affordable Food in the United States This Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) study identifies areas in US cities with inadequate access to food, sometimes referred to as food deserts. This study suggests that Hartford is the country's eighth worst city — among cities with 100,000 to 250,000 residents — for providing access to healthy foods for its low-income residents. (PDF document, 116 pages) Published by Community Development Financial Institutions Fund ; Publication Date: October 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/SearchingForMarketsFullReport.pdf

Selling Corner Markets On Selling Healthy Food Two years ago, the Hartford Food System recruited six local grocers who agreed to shift 5 percent of their inventory a year away from junk food and into groceries that can include anything from cans of soup to fresh bananas. Among the items they promised to stock: wheat bread, low-fat milk, vegetables and 100 percent fruit juice. The project is a grass-roots public health experiment aimed at stemming the urban epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease by focusing on small neighborhood markets and offering residents an alternative to the high-fat, high-sugar and high-salt foods that contribute to those conditions. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 28, 2008
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Selling Kids On Healthy Snacks A Hartford woman wants to bring healthy snacks to the masses, starting with five Yo-Naturals vending machines in Hartford, two of them at Hartford Public High School. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 21, 2010
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Senate Seals State Budget After battling over the state budget since February, the Senate granted final legislative approval on June 25, 2007 to a two-year, $36 billion plan that raises the levy on cigarettes, but makes no changes in other major tax rates. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2007
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Settlement May Help Poor Get Dental Care For more than a decade, poor parents across Connecticut have complained about frustrating searches for dentists willing to take their cases, while their children cried in pain from rotten or broken teeth. But lawyers hope that the doors to dental offices will soon begin to open under the terms of a settlement that promises to dramatically increase state payments to dentists and remove some of the red tape that dentists say have made them reluctant to treat the poor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2008
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Seventeen Million Deficit For UConn Health Center This Fiscal Year Despite being bailed out three times by the legislature since 2000, the University of Connecticut Health Center is now running a deficit of nearly $17 million for the current fiscal year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2009
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Sewage Overflow Seeps Into South End Homes Despite years of repeated problems, however, the Metropolitan District Commission's $800 million plan to overhaul the Hartford region's sewer system is still in the planning stages. The so-called Clean Water Project is not scheduled to get off the ground until 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 13, 2007
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Sewage: The First-Hand Story Helen Ubiñas writes about people who experienced the problems resulting from sewer backups in their basements. The MDC is planning to ask voters in the member towns to approve a project to upgrade the sewers to prevent such backups. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 22, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Environment/htfd_courant_102206.asp

Sewer Vote Defies Convention Voters in the eight municipalities serviced by the Metropolitan District Commission deserve a lot of credit for approving the first half of a estimated $1.6 billion upgrade to the regional sewer system. Conventional wisdom would argue against supporting a project whose cost to individual customers has yet to be determined, and whose presence will not be visibly apparent after 17 years of bothersome construction. Yet, by a 2-to-1 margin, voters recognized that there is no alternative. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2006
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Shaking Up The Menu At Hartford's Small Grocers Chances are that you shop for groceries in a big chain supermarket with a quarter-acre of fresh produce and piles of obscure cheeses. Many Hartford residents don't have this option. They end up at a tiny corner market or bodega, where good food is at a premium. It's not a healthy situation. The reason many city dwellers rely on smaller stores is that Hartford has only one full-size supermarket, located on the city's western edge, along with a handful of medium-size grocery stores, and many bodegas, or corner grocery stores. Now, there is a new collaboration in which store owners agree to reduce their snack food inventories to make more room for regular groceries. Advocates such as the Hartford Food System will support these stores and direct them to wholesalers who can provide healthy food. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 2, 2006
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Sharing The Vision Program Helps Students In Hartford About 1,000 Hartford students received free eyeglasses this week through the "Sharing the Vision" program. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 24, 2008
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She Sees Light in Health Reform Tunnel To say Jeannette DeJesús has had a hectic last few months may be an understatement. As the newly minted deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Health, DeJesús has taken on the role of special advisor to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on health care reform, where she is spearheading efforts to implement the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 30, 2011
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Sick and Fired This article reviews the effort of Connecticut labor unions to mandate paid sick days. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: May 05, 2009
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Sick Days Bill Harmful In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the mandatory sick-pay bill that cleared the state Senate by a smidgeon this week is well-meaning but misguided. It will hamper Connecticut's effort to improve its anti-business reputation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2011
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Sick Leave Clears Senate By the slimmest of margins, the state Senate approved the first-in-the-nation statewide mandate that would require Connecticut service companies with 50 or more workers to provide paid sick days. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2011
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Sisters Are Talking A faith-based weight-loss program, Sistertalk, is about to expand into more of Hartford's African-American churches. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 18, 2008
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Small-Business Owners Struggle As They Try To Keep Up With Health Care Costs Small-business owner Steven Hyman is steaming about a health plan he calls "morally outrageous" because of a 17 percent increase in premiums July 1 — more than 60 percent over two years — new co-payments and repeated fights over claims. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 27, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_072709.asp

Smart Growth and Children's Health This fact sheet is a brief summary of a translation paper on smart growth, part of a series produced by the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Published by CenterEdge Project ; Publication Date: 2003
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Some May Decline MDC Offers A handful of the Elmwood residents whose basements were filled with sewage-tainted wastewater during heavy storms in October 2005 say they will refuse settlement offers the region's sewer authority sent them in letters this week. The 13 offers, which the commission's assistant district council would not disclose, vary among the homeowners, some of whom reported that wastewater shot up from sink drains and toilets in such volume that it crept up basement steps leading to their living rooms. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 18, 2006
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South End Senior Center Draws Favorable Review A group of South Hartford residents reviewed plans for the new South End Wellness Center on Maple Ave. recently and the most important news at the meeting was that the facility, which will be located in the old Hartford Christian School building at 830 Maple Avenue, is still on track for a grand opening in the summer of 2007, according to Ramon Rojano, City of Hartford Director of Human Services. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: December 6 - 13, 2006
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Spreading the Problem Depending on who you talk to, paid sick leave will either save money by keeping contagious workers out of the office, or it might bankrupt your boss. Some state lawmakers and public health officials argue Connecticut and its workers need a law to require employers to provide paid sick leave. They are once again pushing legislation to do just that, but it's running up against stone-cold opposition from businesses and Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 21, 2010
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St Francis Plans To Join St. Louis-Based Health Network St. Francis Care said recently it plans to join Ascension Health, the largest Catholic health network in the U.S. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 16, 2013
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St. Francis Abandons Plans To Join Largest Catholic Health System In U.S. The organization that owns Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has dropped its plans to join Ascension Health Care Network of St. Louis, Mo., the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 13, 2013
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St. Francis Hospital In Hartford Is On Probation For One Year The problems following the failure of a heart-lung device were among numerous violations cited by state health officials, who recently placed St. Francis on probation for one year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2009
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St. Francis Hospital Seeking Space In Downtown Hartford St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center could open medical offices in a new office tower proposed for downtown Hartford — seeing an opportunity to become the first hospital to provide services in the city's central business district. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2009
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St. Francis Hospital To Lay Off 200 In August St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center will lay off about 200 employees in late August, as a shortfall in reimbursements for Medicare and Medicaid and a "modest decline" in patients exacerbates an already tight financial picture, the hospital's chief executive said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 28, 2010
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St. Francis Partners With Urban League To Address Health Disparities In Hartford To further eliminate health inequities of the city's African American population, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center has created a partnership with the Urban League of Greater Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 15, 2013
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St. Francis Reinventing Itself St. Francis Hospital is aiming to completely transform itself, with an emphasis on expanded emergency services, a suburban strategy that embraces preventative medicine and a medical home model, cost containment and more comprehensive care for the patient. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 06, 2010
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State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2003-2004 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health This report is based on the 2003 and 2004 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs) presents 22 measures of substance abuse or mental health problems. (PDF file, 56 pages) Published by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ; Publication Date: April 6, 2006
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State Health Insurance Blueprint Splits Lawmakers Comptroller Kevin Lembo recently released a blueprint for the proposed SustiNet health insurance program that he said would save the state $226 million to $277 million a year starting in 2014 — but a key legislative Republican said it would be "irresponsible" to go forward with it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 08, 2011
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State Health Plan, SustiNet, Could Save Taxpayers $200 Million A Year By 2017 Everyone has assumed all along that SustiNet, the state's long-planned public health insurance plan, would cost a fortune as it reduced the ranks of Connecticut's uninsured. Not only is that false, according to a new report, but figures show SustiNet actually netting the state coffers hundreds of millions of dollars — assuming the plan helps to bring down costs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2010
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State Insurers Will Fight SustiNet Connecticut’s health insurers say the sweeping health care reform plan pitched by SustiNet board members is a “non-starter” and a “gratuitous shot” at the industry. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 17, 2011
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State Losing AIDS Funds Hundreds of men, women and children infected with HIV or AIDS in Hartford and New Haven stand to lose housing assistance, drug and mental health treatment, medical case management and other support services as a result of massive cuts in federal funding. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2007
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State Man's Tragedy Unlocked Secrets Of The Brain The man who fundamentally changed our understanding of how the brain works lived for nearly three decades in a Windsor Locks nursing home, a pleasant man with a damaged memory. Henry Gustav Molaison, a Hartford native, existed in relative obscurity. But as "H.M.," the name used to disguise his identity, Molaison gained an anonymous sort of fame, a man who had been studied by more than 100 researchers and became a staple of psychology class lectures. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 06, 2008
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State Officials Reach Truce In Health Care Plan Dispute Calling a temporary truce to their recent war of words, top state officials gathered recently in a meeting that clarified that Gov. M. Jodi Rell's controversial Charter Oak health care plan is no longer linked to the popular HUSKY plan for children. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 26, 2008
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State Proceeds With Health Care Plan The state of Connecticut, now armed with seed money, is moving ahead with the Charter Oak Health Plan proposed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell for uninsured adults who don't qualify for programs serving lower-income residents. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2007
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State Representative Kelvin Roldan Statement on Proposed Hartford Waste Transfer Station In this statement, State Representative Kelvin Roldan and Senator John Fonfara express their opposition to a proposal for a new waste transfer facility on Murphy Road. Published by Connecticut Representative Kelvin Roldan ; Publication Date: April 20, 2009
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State Will Self-Insure To Save On Medicaid Costs And Improve Care Following the lead of other states, Connecticut will convert to a new system of self-insurance to improve quality and save costs on its $4 billion health care program for some 600,000 people covered by Medicaid and HUSKY. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2011
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State's Children Better Off This Year, Study Says Connecticut now has the nation's lowest teen death rate and lowest percentage of children living in poverty, and has leapt from 11th to third place in a national study of child well-being released recently. The 2006 Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed that Connecticut has made dramatic strides since last year's report, including an improvement from 30th to third place in terms of the lowest percentage of teenagers who are high school dropouts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 27, 2006
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State's Health Plan Moves Forward The state is one step closer to offering affordable health care coverage to uninsured residents who don't qualify for public assistance. The state Department of Social Services recently released a request for proposals for the Charter Oak Health Plan, which is designed to provide health insurance for as little as $75 a month and as much as $250 for those earning higher incomes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 04, 2008
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State's Hospitals Bleeding Red Ink More than half of the state’s 30 acute care hospitals lost money in 2008 and nearly a third are experiencing financial distress, according to an annual report by the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 05, 2009
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State's Offer of Millions Attracting Brownfield Developers The revitalization of Connecticut's more than 500 contaminated sites that are underutilized or vacant kicked into high gear in 2011 when the state unleashed millions in redevelopment cash. The focus of the push is to return these brownfields to positive use. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 16, 2012
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State, Coca-Cola Aren't In Perfect Harmony When Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, announced a deal two months ago that would ban soda in public schools, the controversial issue appeared resolved. But the lobbyists and attorneys for Coca-Cola have been working to defeat the measure, thus keeping alive the long-running saga in which obesity, junk food, children and political interests collide. That saga entered a new stage recently, with Williams and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal charging that the Connecticut Coca-Cola Bottling Company was offering a financial incentive to public schools to push its "junk soda" drinks. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 7, 2006
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StateHealthFacts.org This website from the Kaiser Family Foundation is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data for all 50 states. Statehealthfacts.org provides data on more than 700 health topics. Published by Kaiser Family Foundation
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Steam Boiler Explosion Led To Push For Medical Facility At 2:10 p.m. on March 2, 1854, an explosion destroyed most of the Fales & Gray Car Works on Potter Street near Dutch Point. The accident and investigation led to the formation of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. and Hartford Hospital. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2007
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Strengthening HUSKY as a Cornerstone of Health Care for Connecticut's Children and Families The HUSKY Health Program is a central component of Connecticut’s health care system, providing low-cost or free health care coverage for over 270,000 children and 130,000 parents and pregnant women. In addition, more than 200,000 Connecticut adults – seniors, low-income, or those with severe disabilities—also rely on HUSKY Health (Medicaid) for all or a portion of their health care coverage. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: August 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/CB12huskyhealth.pdf

Study Finds 1 in 5 Kids To Be Food Insecure One in five children under the age of 18 are struggling with hunger in Greater Hartford, according to a survey released by Foodshare, the regional food bank, and Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 12, 2011
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Study: 758,000 In Connecticut Hurt By Breaks In Health Coverage A quarter of Connecticut's residents under 65 — 758,000 people — lacked health insurance at some time in 2007 or 2008, a roadblock to medical care and a sign that reform is urgently needed, according to a new study. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2009
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Study: Hartford Children Have High Rates Of Obesity A study of Hartford pre-school students shows that many of the city's young are obese by the time they are four or five years old. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: November 28, 2012
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Styling Hair, Saving Lives With a captive audience and an array of razor-sharp cutting instruments always at the ready, Ophni Davis could use his barber chair as a bully pulpit. But the Blue Hills Avenue barber's style of proselytizing is more like gentle persuasion. When a man who appears to be around 40 settles into the chair for a haircut or a shave, Davis might casually mention that he recently had a test for prostate cancer. Davis is a local leader in "Going to the Barbershop to Fight Prostate Cancer," a program that seeks to save African American men from prostate cancer by educating them on comfortable turf. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2006
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Suicide Attempts In Connecticut: Nation's Second-Highest Rate In 2008 and 2009, Connecticut had the second-highest rate of suicide attempts in the nation among people 18 and older, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 22, 2011
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Support UConn, Hartford Hospital Partnership In this opinion piece, the author suggests that the recent recession has hit the Greater Hartford community especially hard, but we are beginning to see relief and an opportunity in the form of the proposed University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford Hospital partnership. This plan will not only benefit all the hospitals in the area and improve the quality of care; it will also be an economic engine in a region that is desperate for one. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 06, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_100609.asp

Supporters Concede That SustiNet Bill Largely Gutted Nearly four months ago, when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was inaugurated and a new legislative session began, health care advocates imagined a promising new era under the SustiNet reform proposal. But even SustiNet's most avid supporters now concede that its goals have largely been abandoned in the much weaker version of the legislation making its way toward the floor of the General Assembly. The much-altered SustiNet bill is the product of a compromise — some would say a gutting of the original intent of the plan — worked out by Malloy's office and legislatives leaders. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 25, 2011
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Supporters Rally To Save State's Independent Health Care Watchdog The State Office of the Healthcare Advocate, an independent agency that advocates for consumers on health coverage issues is facing elimination under Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proposed budget. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 12, 2009
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Survey Screens For Child Development Parents anxious about their child's development can get help from the state through a new survey being circulated by the state's Children's Trust Fund. The Ages & Stages survey targets parents of children 4 months to 5 years old. Parents who enroll in the survey program are asked a series of detailed questions every three to six months. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 8, 2007
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Survey: More Aren't Insured Amid growing calls for universal health care, a state agency released a survey recently that says nearly 223,000 Connecticut residents did not have health insurance when surveyed this past summer - 26,000 more than in 2004. The telephone poll of 4,202 people found that 6.4 percent weren't enrolled in private or publicly funded insurance programs, up from 5.8 percent two years ago, the state Office of Health Care Access said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 5, 2006
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SustiNet Bill Advances In Legislature The SustiNet health bill cleared a hurdle in the General Assembly recently when the public health committee voted 16-10 to approve it — with minor changes. Under SustiNet, Connecticut would create large pools of health care users, such as state workers and people covered by the Medicaid and HUSKY programs, to leverage savings on care. The legislation also would centralize and coordinate each patient's care under one doctor, and create diversified group practices that would lower costs by providing better care and coordination of services to patients. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 07, 2011
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Sustinet Expensive, Lacks Oversight The SustiNet health care bill currently before the General Assembly is not something that Gov. Malloy’s administration is supporting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2011
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SustiNet Faces Key Test In Legislature It has been hailed as a landmark reform that puts Connecticut at the forefront of health care reform, a more effective and affordable plan for insuring the health of the state's 3.5 million residents. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2011
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SustiNet Offers Better Care, Savings This year, we have a real opportunity to improve the marketplace for consumers and save taxpayer money by coordinating the state's fragmented, parochial health care spending into a thoughtful system that reduces waste and improves health outcomes — the implementation of the SustiNet plan. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2011
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Swine Flu And Schools: Officials Expect Another Bout The concept is simple enough: The best place for sick children is at home. And the best place for well children to be is at school. But if a resurgence of swine flu hits as expected this fall, deciding whether to send children to school won't be quite so simple for all parents, Dr. Matthew Cartter, the state epidemiologist, said recently. Some won't be convinced that a school is safe under any circumstances during a pandemic and will keep their children home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 23, 2009
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Switch To For-Profit Hospitals A Boon For Tax Collectors As Connecticut hospitals increasingly flirt with the for-profit model of health care, the pros and cons of such conversions are weighing heavily on the minds of city and state officials. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 11, 2013
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Tabor House A Place For Second Chances In Hartford, Tabor House, created by the Sisters of St. Joseph, is marking its 20th anniversary this year. The two-family house on Brownell Avenue opened in the city's Frog Hollow neighborhood as a refuge for men - homeless outcasts with AIDS, a deadly disease caused by the HIV virus. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 02, 2011
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Taking Action on Homelessness Although two years ago, a handful of vocal residents and stakeholders more or less evicted the homeless population in 2011 in the middle of December, homeless individuals are sleeping in Bushnell Park, as well as in more hidden locations, like under the bridges, to rest. A recent event in Hartford had the goal of bringing homelessness to the attention of the community so that more steps are taken toward addressing the issue. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: December 15, 2011
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Taking Care Of People, All People Susan Campbell writes about state contract workers, many of them immigrants and new citizens, who are about to lose their health insurance. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2009
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Taking The Crime Out Of Drugs Councilman Robert L. Painter writes that when it comes to drugs, we stumble over new approaches for fear they will make matters worse. A large number of citizens are ahead of politicians in considering alternatives to our present approach. It is time to begin the conversation about alternatives. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 1, 2007
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Teen Data Find Racial Differences The latest study of behavior among Connecticut high school students, was recently released by the New Haven nonprofit Connecticut Voices for Children. For the first time racial and ethnic differences were explored using the data. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 7, 2007
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Teenage Birth Stats Still Scary The recent news is that Connecticut's teen birth rates are the fourth-lowest in the nation. The truth is that a lot of what was done to help lower those numbers has become a casualty of budget cuts or a change of focus. So chances are pretty good that those numbers are going to get worse. In fact, we've got a way to go before there's real cause for celebration. Consider this sobering stat: The birth rate in Hartford is nearly three times the state average. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 06, 2011
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Tenants Plagued By Bedbugs, Eviction Related Management Co. of New York, has filed eviction papers against several tenants in Hartford who have been witholding rent because of pest problems. The rents at the Casa Nueva Apartments, are subsidized by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 11, 2007
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Thanksgiving Under The Bridges Of Hartford Susan Campbell writes about accompanying volunteers who search for unsheltered homeless people in Hartford on a Thanksgiving morning. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 02, 2007
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The 2009 Connecticut Health Disparities Report This report,is one product of the Connecticut Health Disparities Project, and provides a recent picture of health disparities in Connecticut. The project is a collaboration between Connecticut Health Foundation (CHF) and the CT DPH to improve the statewide infrastructure for documenting, reporting and addressing health disparities among racial and ethnic minority residents. (PDF document, 238 pages) Published by Connecticut Department of Public Health ; Publication Date: Janurary 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/healthdisparities_2009_ct.pdf

The Burden of Asthma in Connecticut – 2012 Surveillance Report This report describes the burden of asthma in Connecticut by providing information on asthma prevalence, health care use, disproportionately affected populations, and asthma mortality. Six data sources are used to provide information about asthma in Connecticut from 2005 to 2010. Published by Connecticut Department of Public Health ; Publication Date: 2012
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The Burden of Asthma in New England This report, produced by the Asthma Regional Council, represents the most current and comprehensive investigation of asthma prevalence conducted in the New England (NE) region. It examines the health, socioeconomic, behavioral, and environmental predictors that relate to adult and child asthma in the six states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont). (PDF file, 90 pages) Published by Asthma Regional Council ; Publication Date: March 2006
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The Clock Is Ticking: More Americans Losing Health Coverage In this turbulent economy, Americans are not only losing their jobs and their homes—they are also losing their health coverage at an alarming rate. The latest data from the Census Bureau indicate that some 45.7 million Americans lacked health coverage in 2007, and economists believe that the situation has only worsened in the intervening months as the economic downturn has taken its toll. Published by Families USA ; Publication Date: July 2009
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The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children An estimated 17 million low-income children in America go without dental care each year. This represents one out of every five children between the ages of 1 and 18 in the United States. Pew assessed and graded all 50 states and the District of Columbia, using an A to F scale, on whether and how well they are employing eight proven and promising policy approaches at their disposal to ensure dental health and access to care for disadvantaged children. Only six states merited A grades: Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, New Mexico, Rhode Island and South Carolina. These states met at least six of the eight policy benchmarks—that is, they had particular policies in place that met or exceeded the national performance thresholds. Published by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Pew Center on the States ; Publication Date: February 28, 2010
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The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children: Connecticut Factsheet Connecticut is a national leader, meeting six of eight policy benchmarks aimed at addressing children’s dental health needs. The state ranks fourth nationwide on its Medicaid reimbursement rate to dentists, and improvements in that rate have helped expand children’s access to necessary services. Published by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Pew Center on the States ; Publication Date: February 28, 2010
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The Cost Of Not Paying For Sick Days By some estimates, 630,000 Connecticut workers don't have paid sick days, and a good number work in the food-service industry. A bill before the state legislature grants paid sick days to employees in businesses with 50 or more workers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2009
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The Doctor Is Out The state wants doctors to treat the uninsured, but not enough to pay them a fair wage. The number of doctors joining the Charter Oak and re-launched HUSKY health programs is growing, but it's still sparse. Some of the largest hospitals and physician groups in the state have yet to sign up. Many say they'd lose money if they did. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 02, 2008
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The Fear Factor: Hartford Doctor David Tolin Stars In New VH1 Show On OCD A Hartford doctor is an unlikely new star on VH1, where its leading personalities have usually been the likes of Flavor Flav, Bret Michaels and others, Dr. David Tolin of Hartford Hospital's The Institute of Living has been tapped to host and conduct a new eight-week series, "The OCD Project." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2010
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The Great Health Care Waiting Game Lawmakers in Connecticut have “fixed” health care by studying it — and planning to make a recommendation in two years. The so-called SustiNet bill, the universal health care movement's answer to the state's insurance crisis, passed in the legislature and is being hailed as the most important reform the state's seen in decades, if not ever. In theory, the SustiNet health care plan is revolutionary: But, what the bill actually does is far less monumental: It establishes a SustiNet committee to devise a universal health care plan and by 2011 recommend reforms to the legislature. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 30, 2009
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The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2005 The health and well-being of children is evaluated, nationally, and in the states at this website developed by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Connecticut is compared to the nation in terms of Health Status, Health Care, at school, in the child's neighborhood, and in the home. Based on the National Survey of Children's Health. Published by Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration ; Publication Date: 2005
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The High Cost of Being Poor in Hartford This document reports on the challenges that low-income families in Hartford neighborhoods are faced with in attaining economic security in three distinct sections: 1) The high cost of going to work, 2) Paying more for basic needs, and 3) Paying more to get ahead. (PDF file, 16 pages) Published by Making Connections Hartford ; Publication Date: February 2004
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/highcosthartfordpoor.pdf Related Link(s): Connecticut Association for Human Services ; The High Cost Of Being Poor In Hartford And What Hartford Is Doing About It (Press Release) ; United Way of the Capital Area

The Lead Poisoning Of Our Children Goes Beyond Toxic Toys Susan Campbell expresses the opinion that toxic toys are only part of the lead poisoning problem. As much as we need to pay attention to the playthings we hand babies, far more children are sickened by toxic chemicals in their homes, including old lead paint. A new law dictates that starting in January 2008, all Connecticut children younger than 3 must be tested for lead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 10, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_021008.asp

The Poor State Of Social Services Susan Campbell writes that when the Connecticut legislators convene on January 7, 2009 for the start of their regular session, members must figure out how to run the state in an economy that is out of control. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 06, 2009
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The Poor Tax Gov. Jodi Rell's state budget is a tough one, especially for the sick and poor. Rell's proposed budget slashes money for HIV/AIDS patients, single mothers who families get Medicaid, and interpreters at emergency rooms in the name of making government smaller and more accountable. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 12, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_advocate_021209.asp

The Real Cost of Getting Health Care in Connecticut: The Health Economic Sufficiency Standard In this report, the Connecticut Health Economic Sufficiency Standard (HESS) measures the economic burden of health care and illness on Connecticut families. "The Real Cost of Living and Getting Health Care in Connecticut," also called "HESS," assumes that highquality employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) in which the employer pays the average share of the premium, or an equivalent social insurance program, is essential for working families' health security. HESS tracks health care costs and related economic burdens and assesses the effect of public and workplace policies related to health access and costs. (PDF file, 10 pages) Published by The Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women ; Publication Date: February 2006
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The Social State of CT 2003 Index The Social State of Connecticut is an analysis of the social health of the state as measured by statistics tracking 11 indicators covering the areas of health, employment, income, education, security, and psychological well-being. The index of the report is available on line. The 2003 full-text copy is available at the Hartford Public Library, cataloged with the call number HA 285 .s6 Published by Connecticut General Assembly ; Publication Date: March 14, 2003
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Health/wsd_031403.asp Related Link(s): The Social State of CT 2004 (84 pages; PDF document)

The Social State of CT 2004 The Social State of Connecticut is an analysis of the social health of the state as measured by statistics tracking 11 indicators covering the areas of health, employment, income, education, security, and psychological well-being. (84 pages; PDF document) Published by Connecticut General Assembly ; Publication Date: April 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/health/Social_State_CT_04.pdf Related Link(s): The Social State of CT 2003 Index

The Uninsured: A Closer Look: Connecticuters without Health Insurance In March 2009, Families USA released a new report, Americans at Risk: One in Three Uninsured which was designed to provide a comprehensive picture of how many Americans were directly affected by the lack of health coverage in 2007-2008. This fact sheet presents new data for Connecticut that mirror the national data. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Families USA
Document Link: /issues/wsd/health/connecticut_uninsured.pdf

There's Still Time To Sign Up To Be Hungry — And Poor A funny thing happened last year when Rabbi Donna Berman cast about for a way to bring hunger home. Berman, executive director of Hartford's Charter Oak Cultural Center, thought if regular people would try to live on a food budget of $3 a day — the average amount a food stamp recipient gets — they might be moved to act and think differently when it comes to issues of poverty. The second annual Food Stamp Project is now set to begin. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 02, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_030208.asp

Things That Go Itch in the Night How bad has the bed bug situation gotten in Hartford? Enough, apparently, to call for an amendment to the Pest Extermination Ordinance. Recently, there was a public hearing to allow residents to chime in on the matter. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: December 16, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/realhtfd_121611.asp

Thinking About Drinking Stan Simpson comments on the proposal by university presidents to lower the age limit for drinking alcohol to 18 in order to prevent binge drinking and excessive consumption of alcohol on campus. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 20, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_082008.asp

This Is InSANE: Excellent Program Loses Funding A groundbreaking program that offered a rare, gentle landing for child survivors of sexual assault has lost its funding. During the most recent year, the sexual-assault nurse examiners program (known by its acronym, SANE) at Connecticut Children's Medical Center treated 85 patients and earned the respect of area advocates. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 11, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_111108.asp

This Is Just A Test! The Hartford Cities Readiness Initiative emergency response drill was held recently in order to test the city’s readiness to meet a health emergency. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 05, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_050509.asp

This Merger Is Malpractice In this opinion piece, the author suggests that the merger of the John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, part of the University of Connecticut Health Center, to Hartford Hospital, is a bad idea. It will turn a state-owned and developed asset over to a private corporation. Most of all, it will deny the nature and mission of UConn's Health Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 11, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_011109.asp

Thousands At Risk Of Losing Medicaid Under new rules imposed by a federal law meant to block illegal immigrants from receiving Medicaid benefits, U.S. citizens are now required to produce birth certificates proving their citizenship before they can access benefits. The Connecticut Department of Social Services says there are 10,000 Medicaid recipients in the state who are at risk of losing their health care coverage because of the new federal mandate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_032007.asp

Three-Hundred-Sixty-Two Million Dollar Plan Passes The University of Connecticut Health Center campus in Farmington can look forward to a new patient tower,. In central Connecticut a number of new medical initiatives, and area hospitals will be part of an ambitious new partnership under a plan that recently won final legislative approval. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 05, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_050510.asp

Time To Stand Up, Speak Out As War Drags On Susan Campbell argues that citizens need to speak out now about the war. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 20, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_022008.asp

Time To Stop Insurers From Dumping Patients In this op-ed piece, Richard Blumenthal and Kevin P. Lembo express the opinion that our state must send a clear and clarion message to insurers: abusively and arbitrarily denying consumers health care coverage is unacceptable and will be punished. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_042407.asp

Tobacco Free Lifestyles - Winter 2007 A newletter from the Tobacco Free Living Program of the Community Renewal Team (CRT). The newsletter discusses the reasons and techniques for quitting which participants have successfully used. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Community Renewal Team, Inc. ; Publication Date: December 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/health/Tobacco_Fall_07.pdf

Too Fattening, Or Not? In a new poll, four times as many Connecticut residents incorrectly picked the more fattening choice of fast food options. And that is one reason why state legislators recently debated a "freedom of information act" for calories. The bill would require chain restaurants to publish in their menus or on their menu boards the caloric count of every standard menu item. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 2, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_050207.asp

Too Many Mouths To Feed, Too Little Money Susan Campbell writes that though we're told the Great Recession ended months ago, try putting a sandwich on the table and see if people fight over it. At issue in Washington are two bills — one in the House and one in the Senate — that seek to revise a host of federal nutrition initiatives, including programs for school lunches, breakfasts, and summer food programs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_100310.asp

Toughening Laws On Meth This Courant editorial supports legislation proposed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently which would raise the stakes in several ways for criminals who manufacture and traffic in methamphetamine, a drug that is an addictive stimulant and whose social ravages are only now becoming known to the Northeast. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/drugs/htfd_courant_022706.asp

Toxic Tour A recent report highlights some of the state's enviromental lowlights. The report, Toxics in Connecticut: A Town-by-Town Profile, provides an overview of toxic hazards in the state, then provides a breakdown of toxic sites in towns and cities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_advocate_052407.asp

Trinity College Introduces Health Care Policy Program Trinity College of Hartford is introducing a new graduate program in health care policy, a complex field that continues to grow. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 02, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/hbj_070212.asp

Turning To The State A coalition of 19,000 small companies known as the Small Businesses for Health Care Reform, is backing the SustiNet plan, a landmark bill in the state legislature aimed at achieving universal health care in Connecticut by opening up the existing insurance pool for state employees to anyone. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 01, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/hbj_060109.asp

Two Hartford Hospitals To Run Top-Level Trauma Center A trauma center run jointly by Connecticut Children's Medical Center and Hartford Hospital has become the state's third Level 1 trauma facility. The Trauma Institute combines the work of both hospitals' trauma programs and standardizes their practices, staff training and evaluations. Level 1 is the highest level a trauma center can achieve. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 31, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_103108.asp

UConn Health Center Construction Project Clears Committee Hurdle A $362 million construction and renovation project for the University of Connecticut Health Center cleared another legislative committee recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 24, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_042410.asp

UConn Health Center More Rash Than Bold In this opinion piece, the author suggests that Governor Dannel Malloy plans to lavish a fortune on the University of Connecticut Health Center. The plan revives a late Rell administration proposal for a new UConn Health Center tower. That's $340 million. There's $208 million for a private investor to build an ambulatory care facility that the state will lease. The final piece is $321 million to renovate the current hospital for the medical school and independent research facility that, Malloy says, will become an economic powerhouse. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 05, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_060511.asp

UConn Health Center Plan Draws Concerns About Cost, Lack Of Options As lawmakers considered a plan that could transform the area's hospital landscape and cost the state $605 million over 10 years, state Rep. Patricia Dillon took a moment to question how the plan has been presented. Dillon, a New Haven Democrat, expressed her reservations during a public hearing on the proposed partnership between Hartford Hospital and the financially troubled Health Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 06, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_030609.asp

UConn Health Center Proposal Draws Fire From Two Hospitals Leaders of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford and Bristol Hospital say the proposal for a merger of UConn Health Center and Hartford Hospital, which includes the state-funded construction of a $475 million hospital, amounts to state taxpayers' giving two of their competitors a new hospital and a major edge at a time when other hospitals are struggling to balance the books. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 16, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031609.asp

UConn Health Center Unveils $352M Improvement Plan Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently unveiled a $352 million plan for massive improvements at the University of Connecticut Health Center, but the proposal depends on legislative approval and $100 million from the federal government. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 10, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031010.asp

UConn Health/Research Center Proposal Intriguing In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Connecticut has elected a governor who thinks big, who wants to do grand things to restore the state's position as an engine of economic growth and keep it prosperous long after his time in office is over. Putting the state budget on sound fiscal footing is Step 1. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_051511_1.asp

UConn Hospital Merger: An Unhealthy Alliance In this opinion piece the author suggests that hospitals in Central Connecticut are at risk. Advocates of the proposed merger between the University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford Hospital continue to talk with legislators about a partnership arrangement that could end up seriously harming Hartford, New Britain and Bristol by directing more than $1 billion of state funds to a private enterprise. But, a new hospital in Farmington may reduce jobs and diminish health care services for residents of the city of Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 13, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_091309.asp

UConn Hospital Plan Demands Examination In this opinion piece, the author suggests that although the General Assembly's regular session is over, the proposed partnership between the University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford Hospital, which includes the replacement of the Health Center's John Dempsey Hospital, is still actively being considered. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 07, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_060709.asp

UConn Hospital Plan Demands Reconsideration Rick Green comments on an ambitious plan for a proposed $475 million new University of Connecticut research hospital was revived recently by a legislative committee. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 17, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_041709_1.asp

UConn Loses Out On Critical Grant For Health Center Stinging from the loss of a critical $100 million federal grant, University of Connecticut officials and state leaders are not abandoning their goal of renovating and expanding the aging John Dempsey Hospital. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_122910_1.asp

UConn Med Schools: A Home In Hartford? Mayor Pedro E. Segarra writes that Hartford means business. With statistics demonstrating that science, math, and technology are the fields of the future, moving the UConn Medical and Dental schools to downtown will put Connecticut's capital city ahead of the curve. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 30, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_013011.asp

UConn Officials Urge $342 Million Renewal For Dempsey Hospital The University of Connecticut's president and medical school dean have recommended that UConn update John Dempsey Hospital — at a cost of up to $342 million — and develop a "downtown" academic campus that would include collaboration with other area hospitals. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 12, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_021210.asp

UConn Plans Hospital Growth In the coming years, John Dempsey Hospital will need to be rebuilt or renovated to keep the University of Connecticut Health Center financially viable, UConn officials have concluded. But any major expansion at the suburban hospital, which helps fund other health center functions, will inevitably hurt St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Hartford Hospital, which have primary responsibility to care for the region's poor, officials at the urban hospitals said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_021406.asp

UConn Scraps Plan To Merge Health Center With Hartford Hospital University of Connecticut leaders have scrapped a proposal to merge the UConn Health Center with Hartford Hospital, determining that the latest plan for the health center's future could not win enough support to succeed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 21, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_112109.asp

UConn Study Backs Proposal For New Hospital The proposed partnership between the University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford Hospital could generate 18,200 jobs and $3.28 billion in new individual income by 2040, according to a study by the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis at UConn. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 05, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_030509.asp

UConn Study Ranks Towns By Food Security A new UConn study released recently ranks all of the state's towns on their "food security:" whether there is easy access to a variety of healthy foods and whether residents are sufficiently taking part in food assistance programs. Connecticut's most urban cities and towns ranked among the most at-risk to be food insecure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_041013.asp

UConn, Hartford Hospital Have Proposal For Health Center The financially troubled University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford Hospital are proposing a merger that would dramatically reshape the health care landscape in Connecticut. The agreement, with many of the details yet to be worked out, would essentially turn the operation of UConn's John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington over to Hartford Hospital, with the merged operations having more than 1,000 beds. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_112208.asp

UConn: Medical Facility Dated The current John Dempsey Hospital will have to be replaced with a significantly larger, brand-new $495 million facility if the UConn Health Center in Farmington is to remain financially viable, health center officials told UConn trustees recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 30, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_013007.asp

Unhealthy Diagnosis The Hispanic Health council has sponsored a report on the health of Hispanics, A Profile of Latino Health in Connecticut. Connecticut Latinos are sicker and likely to die younger than members of any other ethnic group in the state, according to a study examining the health of the state's Hispanic population. Among the study's more alarming findings is that although Latinos represent 9 percent of Connecticut residents, they account for 40 percent of the state's uninsured population. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 13, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_121306.asp

Unify State Drug Purchases, Save Millions Kevin Lembo writes that Connecticut is engaged in a historic debate over how to promote Connecticut job growth and reinvigorate Connecticut's financial power — overcoming one of our nation's worst economic downturns since the Great Depression. In an effort to eliminate wasteful spending, strengthen budget transparency and deliver government services more efficiently, he recently proposed legislation that would shift the Department of Social Services' drug purchasing operations to the comptroller's office. This consolidation of purchasing would immediately save the state approximately $66.5 million. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 16, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_021611_1.asp

Uninsured Sit At Center Of Emotional Health Care Debate Most health reform proposals are aimed at making sure the uninsured become insured, although the plans and philosophies differ on how to do it and how far they would go. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 06, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_090609_1.asp

UNINSURED: The Costs and Consequences of Living without Health Insurance in Connecticut This report profiles residents without insurance, discusses the consequences of lack of health insurance and estimates the costs of uninsurance. The study also examines whether the Institute of Medicine (IOM) evaluation of a national universal health insurance plan is applicable in Connecticut. Tables and charts present ethnic, racial, income, educational attainment, and gender data. Published by Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/health/uninsured_report.pdf Related Link(s): Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis (CCEA) UCONN ; Mayor Proposes Coordination of Health Care Services

Untangling A Bill State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal put the best face on an unworkable bill that would open the state health insurance plan to nonprofits, municipalities and small businesses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_060108.asp

Vaccination Clinics Urged For Schools Swine flu is likely to make a resurgence in schools this fall and local health districts should plan to set up vaccination clinics in school buildings, state epidemiologist Matthew L. Cartter told the State Board of Education recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_090309.asp

Violent Deaths Differ By Area People who died violently in Connecticut cities are more likely to be victims of homicide than those who died outside the cities, who are more likely the victims of suicide, according to a study released Wednesday examining violent deaths in the state. The study, released by the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, is based on data collected in 2004 from the office of the chief medical examiner. It examines the rate of violent deaths in Connecticut's 169 municipalities. The study compares the race, ethnicity and gender of those who died violent deaths in 2004. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Region/htfd_courant_091406.asp

Vote Yes On $800 Million MDC Water Project The Metropolitan District Commission's Clean Water Project has been underway for five years. It is essential to the environment and well-being of the region. Residents of the eight MDC member towns — Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, Windsor and West Hartford —vote Nov. 6 on whether to authorize $800 million for Phase 2 of the 15-year, $2.1 billion project. They should vote Yes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 26, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_courant_102612.asp

Voters Asked To Buy $1.6 Billion Pig In A Poke Voters living in the regional sewer authority's eight member towns are being asked to decide the fate of a $1.6 billion sewer upgrade project to fix what agency officials describe as a "massive" environmental and public health crisis. But voters in Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, Newington, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Windsor and Bloomfield are going to have to decide whether to say "yes" or "no" without knowing exactly how much of the total bill is going to come out of their pockets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Environment/htfd_courant_102106.asp

Wal-Mart Faults Health Insurance Idea Wal-Mart's public relations machine fired an opening salvo against a proposal that would require the retailing giant to spend more on employee health benefits. In a two-page "periodic fact sheet" that was sent to some state legislators, businesses and media, Wal-Mart criticized the proposal as poor public policy that imposes "arbitrary mandates" on employers while failing to reduce spiraling health care costs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_021706.asp

Waste Transfer Opposition Grows Add State Rep. Kelvin Roldan and state Sen. John Fonfara to the list of folks who don't want a new waste transfer station at Murphy Road in Hartford. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 21, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/cityline_042109.asp

Water's Rising for Hartford's Underclass Hurricane Katrina's effects provide an opportunity to examine how Hartford compares to New Orleans in terms of poverty, job growth, and the economy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 14, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/EconomicDevelopment/htfd_courant_091405.asp

We All Need Sick Days Susan Campbell comments on the effort by a coalition of organizations spearheaded by the Connecticut Working Families Party to secure paid sick days for workers in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_092108.asp

Weight And Pregnancy Numerous studies confirm that obese women are at higher risk of pregnancy-related complications that can threaten the life of both the mother and the fetus. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_121007.asp

Wellness Center Helps Homeless, Poor What began as a conversation between the leaders of a local church and a college has evolved into an effort to improve the health of some of Hartford's most vulnerable people - the homeless, unemployed and the working poor. Staffed by faculty practitioners and students from the nursing program at St. Joseph College in West Hartford, the newly opened "Wellness Center on Church Street" is housed in St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church's Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry at 285 Church St. in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 3, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_100305.asp

What Flows Beneath According to a report by the Metropolitan District Commission, the non-profit agency that regulates the sewage and drinking water of eight area towns, the Hartford-area system is antiquated and overtaxed. About 50 times a year, during heavy rains, many of the cracked and broken pipes and sewers overflow, forcing sewage to the streets of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Hartford. The solution is the Clean Water Project, designed to update and improve the sewer system. Even the measure’s critics say the Clean Water Project is a timely and necessary idea. What’s not as agreed upon is how the eight MDC member cities — Rocky Hill, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor — are splitting its cost. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 23, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Region/htfd_advocate_112306.asp

What To Do With Injured Illegal Aliens? Behind the health care system we all know - the busy emergency rooms and harried physicians and nurses - there exists the unofficial terrain of medicine. This is where undocumented aliens are cared for - people who are in this country illegally and who become sick or are injured. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_122505.asp

Whose Kids Are Covered? A report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that, since 1997, employer offers of health insurance to parents with lower incomes have fallen three times as fast as offers to parents who earn more money. The report also provides details about uninsured children in every state. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ; Publication Date: March 14, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/kids_covered.pdf

Wider Health Care Net Urged An overwhelming number of Connecticut voters support expanding public health insurance so thousands of uninsured parents and children can get adequate health care, a poll released recently shows. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 6, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_030607.asp

Will Hartford Be the Next City to Ban Artificial Trans Fats? If Councilman Larry Deutsch has his way, the city of Hartford may be a healthier place to dine out in the future. But the cannoli might not taste so good. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 25, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_advocate_012511.asp

Will Health Reforms Survive? Legislature Should Let Vetoed Bills Die Two bills designed to expand the availability and affordability of health insurance that passed by the General Assembly this session — would have threatened existing private plans and ignored key institutions such as large employers, hospitals and insurance companies. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 19, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_071909.asp

Win-Win On Cigarettes Connecticut's decision to boost the tax rate on cigarettes turns out to be a win-win for state revenues and residents' health. Last October, the tax rate jumped from $2 to $3 per pack. In the budget year that ended June 30, 2010, the state collected about $380 million in cigarette taxes, which was $5 million more than had been projected. At the same time, cigarette sales dropped. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 17, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_091710.asp

With Up To $24 Million From The State, CareCentrix Chooses Hartford Over Florida, Adding 300 Jobs A fast-growing East Hartford-based company that manages patient home health care will move to downtown Hartford, rather than moving to either Florida or Kansas where it also has significant operations — the fifth company to win incentives from the governor's "First Five" program. CareCentrix will move more than 200 jobs to the 20 Church St. tower in downtown Hartford by the end of 2012 and add another 300 in the next five years. The company could qualify for up to $24 million in grants for retaining and growing its job base in the capital city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 28, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_062812.asp

Workers Protest Hartford School Layoffs About 50 to 60 people recently marched in front of Hartford City Hall to protest recent school district layoffs and an increase in health insurance costs to district retirees. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_071508.asp

Workers' Share Of Health Premiums Far Outpaces Pay Raises, Report Says Workers' share of premiums for family health insurance in Connecticut rose 5.6 times faster than their earnings since 2000, while the policies' benefits eroded, the advocacy group Families USA said in a new report. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 1, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_110106.asp

Working To Keep Teen Pregnancy Rates Falling There was, let us recall, some good news in the past year, and near the top of the list was the decline in teen pregnancy. Connecticut's numbers are among the lowest in the country, with 18.9 births per 1,000, according to the CDC. But though the numbers are improving, teen pregnancy remains a stubborn problem in our cities. Though it is lower than it was, Hartford's rate of 55 births per 1,000 teens is way above the state and national averages, with the problem particularly acute in the Latino community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 18, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_011813.asp

Working To Slow Teen Births In Hartford Teen birth rates are on the decline nationwide. But the rate of teen births among Hispanics In Hartford is staggering. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: January 24, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/jcohen_012412.asp

Wrong Prescription Connecticut's legislators will soon be asked to approve a plan put forward by the administrators of the UConn Health Center in Farmington to build a new, 57 percent larger hospital to replace 30-year-old John Dempsey Hospital. In this opinion piece, a coalition of other hospitals express the opinion that if a new Dempsey is built in Farmington, a shift will occur in the distribution of insured and uninsured patient populations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_031107_a.asp

Wyman Faults Provision In Bill Connecticut is planning a new approach to reduce health insurance costs for its struggling municipalities, but a bill in the General Assembly could cripple the effort, Comptroller Nancy Wyman warned recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 07, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_030708.asp

Yale Entrepreneurs Want to Promote Healthy Eating To Children In Urban Neighborhoods If you're trying to promote healthy eating for children, how do you compete with fast food? The answer might be in borrowing some of fast-food's methods, say Isadora Tang and Ben Beineke. The two recent Yale Business School graduates have founded MyLu Foods, a company designed to bring healthy snacks to inner-city neighborhoods. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_122910.asp

Yale Professor Adds Voice For Tax On Sugared Drinks Imposing a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages could substantially reduce consumption, help prevent obesity and diabetes, and raise money to fund public health programs, Yale Professor Kelly Brownell and New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden argue in a recently published opinion article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 09, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_040909.asp

Young Mothers Hit The River In Rowing Program The Hartford Rising Stars, a team of eight young, inner-city mothers - some of them teenagers - is learning to row. The Hartford program is a satellite of Rowing Strong, Rowing Together, based in Holyoke, Mass., which uses rowing to show young women who have children or are pregnant that they can be successful. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Parks/htfd_courant_081007.asp

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