Rell: What Crisis?

by Melissa Bailey | Aug 28, 2006 4:21 pm

Gov. Jodi Rell, facing a Democratic challenger who has made universal health care a centerpiece of his campaign, said she has no plans to present her own plan to cover Connecticut’s estimated 370,000 uninsured people.

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No Holds Barred in HIV Prevention

by Melinda Tuhus | Aug 28, 2006 9:29 am

“We told them everything. We didn’t sugar-coat anything,” Justin Augustín said of the way he and other youth trainers talked to young people about the sexual transmission of HIV. They used visual aids (held by team member Mykeda Rogers, 20, of New Haven) to demonstrate how to put on male and female condoms. Members of the team finished their eight-week program with a celebration on Friday at AIDS Project New Haven.

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Splash For The Heart

by Melinda Tuhus | Aug 24, 2006 1:08 pm

The interrelated ills of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity hit African Americans and Latinos harder than whites. So a program aiming to reduce those racial disparities has more than 300 local folks walking, dancing, and engaging in karate, water aerobics (like this group pictured at the YMCA pool ), tai chi, and yoga. They’re also setting nutritional goals for themselves, and recording measurable results on a bright yellow card.

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Bureaucracy Gone Wild

by Melinda Tuhus | Aug 22, 2006 12:58 pm

New federal regulations requiring those now on Medicaid or applying for the program to show proof of citizenship could create bizarre scenarios that would be funny—if they weren’t threatening to the health care of thousands of people in Connecticut, including children and pregnant women. Gary Spinner, who is both chief operating officer of the Hill Health Center and a physician assistant at the clinic on Columbus Avenue (pictured here with a patient), is one of many health care providers trying to convince the feds to ease up.

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Smile, New Haven

by Allan Appel | Aug 21, 2006 4:46 pm

If a city can be said to have a smile, New Haven’s shone a little more brightly this Monday. State Sen. Martin Looney greeted friends outside of the Hill Health Center (HHC) at 400 Columbus Ave. after he, along with ten or so other state legislators and officials, was honored at a healthful breakfast for their work in the last legislative session of the General Assembly in Hartford. They were cited for leadership in restoring dental health care funding — and much else — that strengthens the safety net for Greater New Haven’s most vulnerable populations.

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Stars of Community Health Celebrated

by Melinda Tuhus | Aug 11, 2006 4:27 pm

What is it that keeps employees and board members at Fair Haven Community Health Clinic loyal for ten, 20, 30 or more years? It’s the mission, stupid. The clinic, at 437 Grand Ave., celebrated its 35th birthday with a delectable picnic in the backyard for its loyal workers and supporters. Executive Director Katrina Clark (pictured) has led the agency for 33 of those years.

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A Gaping Hole Filled For Latino Kids

by Melissa Bailey | Aug 10, 2006 11:43 am

A counselor at a New London school calls the local Community Health Center: A young Spanish-speaking boy has been cutting himself. He needs to talk to someone who understands his language. With only a state insurance plan, where can he find help? New London CHC Director Alejandro Melendez-Cooper (pictured at middle) says his clinic now has the resources to reach that boy. And a coalition of mental health providers is looking at ways to help other Latinos get proper care.

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Malloy, DeStefano Battle Over Universal Health Care

by Melinda Tuhus | Aug 7, 2006 11:27 am

They both want it. The question: How to pay for it? As the “other” Democratic primary race in Connecticut heads to the finish line Aug. 8—the one that’s not Lieberman v. Lamont, but Dan Malloy v. John DeStefano for the Democratic nomination for governor—the focus on the candidates’ dueling plans for universal health coverage has moved front and center.

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