New Coalition, Study Hope To Translate Into Access

by Paul Bass | Oct 25, 2006 12:16 pm

A new statewide coalition will push for more interpreters at state health clinics, bureaucratic offices, and other places where people who don’t primarily speak English go for care. Latino health advocate Jeannette DeJesús was scheduled to announce the formation of the coalition Wednesday at a press conference unveiling a new study on the pressing need for the state to invest $2.3 million a year for “face-to-face medical interpretation services” at Medicaid offices. Click here to read a release summarizing the findings of the study and formation of the new coalition. Click here to read a Spanish-language version of the entire study. Click here to read the report in English.

Will It Happen Here?

by Paul Bass | Oct 19, 2006 5:34 pm

State Senate Majority Leader Marty Looney of New Haven says the upcoming state elections will help determine whether Connecticut will pass universal health care next year. Click on the start arrow above to watch a video clip of Looney’s take on the subject. Meanwhile, people from three states that have passed universal or near-universal care came to Connecticut to share ideas with advocates trying to make it happen here. Click here to read Christine Stuart’s report.

Hill Health Targets Keeps Glaucoma In Its Sights

by Melinda Tuhus | Oct 15, 2006 11:03 am

When I visited Hill Health Center on Friday to cover a special glaucoma screening, I learned that African Americans and Latinos get the eye disease, which can lead to blindness if not treated, at twice the rate of whites. So I — of 100 percent northern European stock — was surprised when I got whisked in to be screened myself, after mentioning a bit of family history to Bud Grant, who’s with the federally funded screening project.

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A Universal (Health) Call For The Faithful

by Melinda Tuhus | Oct 12, 2006 9:51 am | Comments (1)

Pastor Todd Foster (pictured, at left), who shepherds Church on the Rock in New Haven, says every congregation he knows of is home to many uninsured and underinsured families - some of the 800,000 such people in Connecticut. So he was glad to attend a luncheon at 500 Blake Street geared specifically to the religious community, to learn more about the idea of universal health care and how people of faith can work toward making it a reality.

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Report Has Surprising News About Breast Cancer

by Melinda Tuhus | Oct 9, 2006 4:40 pm

Women who think they know the skinny on breast cancer found their beliefs were at odds with the science in important areas, according to a report just published by a New Haven-area-based not-for-profit. New Haven State Sen. Toni Harp (pictured) called the report a “wake-up call,” especially in the minority community, where she hopes to spread the word about it.

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Health Care, Anyone?

by Melinda Tuhus | Oct 8, 2006 10:22 pm

What should be the role of government in resolving the health care crisis in Connecticut, where one in ten residents is uninsured?  And what viable models for health care reform already exist? Those questions and more were addressed at a forum last Friday sponsored by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Health Care Council, at which this man expressed some strong opinions.

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Chant Down Domestic Violence

by Melinda Tuhus | Oct 6, 2006 1:52 pm

Remember that old song, “Papa was a rolling stone/ Wherever he laid his hat was his home”? A gifted performance artist changed a few of the words to provide a chilling account of domestic violence, as part of the Third Annual “Chant Down Domestic & Dating Violence” at the Hill Regional Career High School Thursday night. This little drummer girl was alo part of the program.

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Yale, Cops Get Inside The Mind Of A Child

by Katie DeWitt | Oct 5, 2006 5:28 pm

As morning light seeped in through the modern glass walls of the Dixwell-Yale University Community Learning Center, more than 40 community leaders sat with their eyes closed, imagining the feeling of waking up from a nightmare as a young child. Then Professor Steven Marans of the Yale Child Study Center asked them to open their eyes and share what they felt.

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