Community Health

Community Health Services

The Community Health team is dedicated to a wide range of initiatives aimed at promoting public health and wellness within our community. These efforts encompass immunization vaccine clinics, tuberculosis programs, tick-borne disease management, lead poisoning epidemiological investigations, infectious disease control, and the encouragement of healthy lifestyles. In addition to their core responsibilities, they actively engage with the community through participation in events, hosting health fairs, and conducting educational sessions. 

Led by the Associate Director, the Community Health Division is staffed by one full-time Health Program Coordinator who carries out special projects and initiatives while maintaining partnerships with outside agencies; one full-time Epidemiologist responsible for compiling medical data and statistics to report on infectious diseases; one full-time Public Health Educator focused on creating educational materials and community engagement; one full-time Public Health Nurse managing the Tuberculosis Program; and four part-time Community Health Workers centered on the vaccination program while providing vital administrative support.

Supplementing this division are college students through a highly successful internship program. Students from this program go through a competitive selection process and include candidates working towards their undergraduate degrees to medical school graduates awaiting residencies. Interns are paired with staff members who act as mentors during their program and often bring in fresh ideas and perspectives on health programs and research. 

The Department of Health and Human Services Community Health Division plays a pivotal role in investigating and managing infectious diseases. Our robust portfolio of preventive health programs is designed to improve the overall well-being and longevity of our residents. These endeavors thrive on collaborative partnerships with public health departments, healthcare professionals, and community stakeholders. Noteworthy achievements this year include, but are not confined to:

2022-2023 Accomplishments:

  • Conducted a Rapid Community Assessment (RCA) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH), to evaluate the needs of our community regarding routine childhood vaccinations
  • Hired a full-time Public Health Educator
  • Administered over 1,500 flu vaccines to our community and over 200 routine childhood vaccines during the school year to ensure children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Hosted a National Public Health Week Health Fair in which health-related information, services, and medical screenings were available at no cost
  • Instructed multiple educational sessions about our department’s services, as well as public health issues, to over 120 individuals
  • Participated in over 10 community fair events, in which health promotion educational materials were distributed to over 1,000 individuals
  • Created several infection control and prevention public health announcements that were aired on local radio stations
  • Two staff members attended the CT Suicide Advisory Board Annual Meeting in 2023
  • One staff member attended the Wastewater Surveillance Workshop at the US EPA’s New England Regional Laboratory in Chelmsford, MA
  • Two staff members attended the 2023 Annual Influenza Conference

Community Health Programs

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