CCHD Congratulates 2019’s Walking Competition Participants!

 
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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) hosted our fourth annual Step into Summer 2019: Four Town Walking Competition from April 28th through June 8th in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield. During the 6-week event, district residents and employees within the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield engaged in a friendly neighborhood competition in an effort to jump start an active and healthy summer.

Neary 700 participants of all ages from each respective town teamed up to track their activity using pedometers, Fitbits, or similar tracking devices, and reported their steps on a weekly basis aboard the Walker Tracker website. In culmination of the competition, CCHD held a closing ceremony on July 9th at The Richard D. Tulisano Summer Concert Series held at Elm Ridge Park’s Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Rocky Hill to commemorate this year’s participants and crown 2019’s champions.

The High Stepper Award Trophy, awarded to the town with the highest average steps per participant, was presented to Berlin’s Revenue Clerk Sheel Patel. At first place, the town of Berlin has been crowned champion for four consecutive years, registering a total of 18,872 miles with an average of 200.8 miles per each of their 94 participants during this year’s competition.

The Impact Award Plaque, awarded to the town with the highest number of participants, was presented to Newington’s Mayor Roy Zartarian. At second place, the town of Newington registered a total of 49,202 miles, the highest total miles in the competition, with an average of 183.6 miles per each of their 268 participants.

At third place, the town of Wethersfield registered a total of 33,790 miles with an average of 171.5 miles per each of their 197 participants. At fourth place, the Central Connecticut Health District registered a total of 1,371 miles with an average of 152.3 miles per each of their 9 participants. Last but not least, at fourth place, the town of Rocky Hill registered a total of 17,257 miles with an average of 138.1 miles per each of their 125 participants.

Collectively, all five teams have walked a total of 120,491miles: 4.8 times around the circumference of the earth (24,900 mi) or half of the way to the moon (238,855 mi) over the course of the 6-week competition!

The Central Connecticut Health District would like to express our sincerest gratitude and congratulate this year’s participants. We are also thankful to the representatives from our four towns who serve on the Steering Committee and to our partners at Anthem and Walker Tracker. We invite you to join us next year for 2020’s Walking Competition to keep moving in the right direction one step at a time!

For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4!

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a fourteen member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. CCHD underwent centralization in 2019 and is currently located in Rocky Hill.

Department of Public Health Launches #LeaveItToUs Campaign To Reduce Spread Of Sexually Transmitted Disease

WITH RATES RISING NATIONALLY AND IN CONNECTICUT, SERVICE OFFERS FREE, CONFIDENTIAL NOTIFICATION IF INTIMATE PARTNERS ARE EXPOSED TO AN STD

Hartford – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today is launching a new video campaign entitled #LeaveItToUs designed to help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) by promoting the Department’s confidential notification service for informing persons that might have been exposed to an STD.

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, STD rates for diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are on the rise nationally and also in the state of Connecticut. A link to that data can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats17/default.htm

“We understand that having an STD can be scary,” says STD Control Program Coordinator, Dr. Lynn Sosa. “The message of the #LeaveItToUs campaign is simple: our staff is here to help make sure people are treated and assist in the process of telling their partners they should be tested too. Though it can be embarrassing to talk about, sharing information between sexual partners is critical to getting tested and treated, and ultimately reducing the spread of these diseases.”

One factor driving rising STD rates nationally is the stigma, embarrassment, and shame associated with testing for STDs and what to do when tests yield positive results. Without testing, infections go untreated, continue to spread and potentially lead to complications such as infertility. Those who test positive are often too embarrassed to contact previous partners to warn them of their exposure to STDs and encourage them to also get tested. The #LeaveItToUs campaign seeks to reduce barriers to testing by assisting the process of informing potentially infected partners in a confidential, non-judgmental manner on behalf of the primary person infected. The videos describing these services are available in English and Spanish. They will be promoted at partnering healthcare facilities and clinics.

By law, healthcare providers must notify DPH of specific STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. When the STD Control Program is notified of an STD, specially trained staff called Disease Intervention Specialists reach out confidentially to the infected person and talk to them about their potential partners who have been exposed and maybe infected. Staff then reach out to those partners on behalf of the patient, maintaining confidentiality while answering questions, promoting testing and treatment. Staff will also provide resources including: testing locations, STD prevention resources, and education in an effort to prevent future exposure and infections.

Providing partner services is the most effective statewide program to identify infected persons and link them directly to care for their STD. The Connecticut DPH encourages all sexually active people to get tested regularly and to be knowledgeable about their sexual health which includes risk factors for infections with STDs.

For more information, visit the Connecticut DPH STD Control Program:

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Infectious-Diseases/STD/Sexually-Transmitted-Diseases-Control-Program

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For More Information:

Av Harris av.harris@ct.gov

(860) 509-7270


CCHD Debuts Opioid Recovery Program

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In response to the national opioid epidemic, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is pleased to debut our agency’s Opioid Recovery Program. In partnership with the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) and funded by the Connecticut State Opioid Response (SOR) grant, CCHD proudly announces the launch of our ‘How Can We Help?’ initiative.

 CCHD’s ‘How Can We Help?’ campaign employs a dual approach, seeking to assist both INDIVIDUALS suffering from an opioid use disorder and FAMILY/FRIENDS of loved ones suffering from an opioid use disorder. We want to help YOU on your recovery, however we understand that addiction manifests differently per individual and therefore requires an individualized approach. Therefore, we seek to tailor our response through three simple questions:

                        1. What does Recovery look like to You?

                        2. How can we help You on your Recovery?

                        3. How can we help You support your loved one’s Recovery?

 Additionally, CCHD has developed & distributed Opioid Recovery Cards to first responders, EMS, police, fire, and social services within our district. The Opioid Recovery Cards feature a trifold accordion design with a perforated/detachable contact card panel. The panels contain both information on CCHD’s ‘How Can We Help?’ campaign and a list of additional resources offered throughout the state of Connecticut. The perforated/detachable contact card is intended to be filled out and subsequently texted or emailed to CCHD’s recovery coach for follow up. Furthermore, CCHD has also launched a new program webpage featuring a fillable contact form, a hub of individual and family/friends resources, and the SAMHSA Treatment Services Locator. To contact a recovery coach, please call, text or email:

            Luis Pantoja, Recovery Coach                 Phone: (860) 249-6340 │Email: recovery@ccthd.org

                                                                        Webpage: https://www.ccthd.org/opioid-program

Lastly, in partnership with Coram Deo Recovery and Wellspring Church, CCHD is proud to host our ‘How Can We Help?’ Family and Friends Support Group. We invite you to attend our support group sessions every Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 PM at Wellspring Church located at 222 Lincoln Street in Kensington, CT. Light dinner will be provided from 6:30-7 PM and group will be held from 7-8 P

The support group implements an innovative approach featuring both educational and workgroup components. The educational component will alternate between thematic mini-presentations guided through a ‘live’ curriculum elected by our participants, and a rotating panel of guests whom will share their stories, struggles, and insights into addiction. The workgroup component will be structured around thematic small group discussions and workshops. Finally, we seek to hold periodic community trainings including Narcan administration trainings in the near future.

For more information on our support groups visit us at https://www.howcanwehelp.live/. For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4! 

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a fourteen member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. CCHD underwent centralization in 2019 and is currently located in Rocky Hill.

CCHD Encourages CT Residents To Take Precautions Against Vector-Borne Diseases

As summer approaches, Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) encourages all Connecticut residents to take precautions to protect themselves against vector-borne disease transmission. Vector-borne diseases are infections transmitted (spread) through the bite of infected blood-feeding arthropods (vectors) such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Vectors can carry infectious pathogens (germs) such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites that upon transmission become the causative agents of common diseases such as Lyme, Anaplasmosis/Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, West Nile Fever, Zika, Dengue, and Malaria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the number of vector-borne disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have more than tripled in the US from 2004 to 2016, with more than 640,000 cases reported in the May 2018 issue of Vital Signs. In addition, nine new pathogens (germs) spread by mosquitoes and ticks have either been discovered or introduced since 2004 as evidenced by the recent outbreaks of Zika and chikungunya.

Within the US, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease, especially in the state of Connecticut, where the condition was first diagnosed and named in Old Lyme. Lyme disease is the tick-borne infection caused by the spirochete bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, transmitted by the bite of infected black-legged deer tick, Ixodes scapularis. In addition to Lyme disease, deer ticks can also co-infect hosts with human anaplasmosis (caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum), babesiosis (caused by the parasite Babesia microti), and Powassan virus disease (caused by the Powassan virus). Personal protection measures and regular tick checks are the most effective ways to reduce the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases.

Residents are encouraged to use EPA-registered insect repellents containing ingredients such as DEET, wear long-sleeved shirts & long pants, and buy or treat items such as boots, pants, socks & tents with permethrin when spending time outdoors. Upon returning home, regular tick inspection, identification, and proper removal is strongly recommended for family members & pets. Take great care to check your body closely, especially in hard-to-see areas such as under the arms, in/around the ears, inside the belly button, back of the knees, in/around all head & body hair, between the legs, and around the waist. Additionally, residents are also advised to control ticks and fleas on family pets through veterinary approved medications. Finally, residents are encouraged to take necessary steps in an effort to control mosquito, tick, & flea populations both inside and outside your home by installing protective nets/screens, keeping lawns mowed short, using approved pesticides, and emptying/covering items that may hold stagnant water such as pools, gutters, tires, fountains, and debris.

For more information, CCHD invites all residents to attend our vector-borne disease presentation to be held next Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 from 1:30-2:30 PM at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library located at 234 Kensington Rd. in Berlin, CT (Register Here!). Additionally, CCHD would like to encourage all residents to bring in any suspicious tick (detached & bagged) into the Health District for laboratory testing. Visit us at www.ccthd.org, Facebook and Twitter!

THIRD CASE OF MEASLES CONFIRMED IN CONNECTICUT

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONFIRMS THIRD CASE OF MEASLES IN CONNECTICUT FOR 2019

THIRD CASE LINKED TO OUTBREAK IN NEW YORK CITY AND NOT CONNECTED TO PREVIOUS CT MEASLES CASES

Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Department of Public Health today is confirming a third case of measles in Connecticut for 2019 in an adult from New Haven County. Information received by the Connecticut Department of Public Health indicates that the case contracted measles after being exposed during the last week of March while on a visit to Brooklyn, NY and is linked to an ongoing outbreak of measles in New York City. The latest case of measles is not related to two previously confirmed cases in Connecticut reported in January.

“We are monitoring and investigating this case very closely, including working with our local health departments to follow up with any individuals that may have been exposed to measles,” said Connecticut DPH Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell. “Science tells us that the single best thing anyone can do to protect themselves from this highly contagious virus is to get vaccinated. Connecticut has very high vaccination rates, so we are at low risk for a widespread measles outbreak. If you have a fever and a rash and you think you might have measles, you should avoid public settings and call your healthcare provider BEFORE going directly to a healthcare facility so steps can be taken to avoid possibly exposing others.”

The latest case of measles in Connecticut had rash onset on April 11, 2019. The infectious period for this individual is between April 7-12, 2019 and the case was isolated as of today. The average incubation period of measles (from contact with a case until onset of rash) is 14 days, with a range of 7–21 days. Cases are considered infectious from four days before rash onset through four days after.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is working with local health departments and healthcare providers to identify and inform identified contacts of the case. It is possible that secondary cases of measles among some of these contacts may occur, especially among those who have never been vaccinated for measles.

Fortunately, the majority of people exposed to measles in Connecticut are not at-risk of developing the disease since most people have either been vaccinated or have had measles in the past, before vaccination became routine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children get two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12- through 15-months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. One dose of measles vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus. Two doses are about 97% effective. Measles vaccine does not cause measles illness.

Adults should have at least one dose of MMR vaccine. Certain groups need two doses of MMR, including: college students, health care workers, international travelers, and persons at high risk for measles complications. Adults born in the U.S. before 1957 are considered immune to measles from past exposures, but in situations where exposure to measles is likely, these adults may benefit from an additional dose of MMR vaccine. Individuals who are unsure of their vaccination status are encouraged to check with their physician.

A typical case of measles begins with mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes (conjunctivitis), and sore throat. Three to five days after the start of these symptoms, a red or reddish-brown rash appears, usually starting on a person’s face at the hairline and spreading downward to the entire body. At the time the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The rash typically lasts at least a few days and then disappears in the same order. People with measles may be contagious up to 4 days before the rash appears and for four days after the day the rash appears.

From January 1 to April 4, 2019, 465 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. The states that have so far reported cases to CDC in 2019 are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. In 2018, three cases of measles were reported in Connecticut.

For more information about measles, please visit www.cdc.gov/measles.

More information on annual statistics for vaccine preventable diseases in Connecticut is available here:

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Immunizations/Case-Occurrence-of-Selected-Diseases-Connecticut

For Immediate Release For More Information:

Av Harris av.harris@ct.gov

(860) 509-7270

Expecting a Baby? CCHD Recommends Text4Baby, a FREE Informational Text Message Service for Expecting Moms

Are You Planning a Pregnancy, Currently Pregnant, or Know Someone Who Is? Central Connecticut Health District Recommends Text4Baby a FREE App for Expecting & New Moms

Central Connecticut Health District is highlighting a free service for new and expecting moms. Women who text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 receive free informational text messages three times per week, timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby's first birthday. Text4baby sends messages with trusted information developed by experts from around the country directly to participants. There is also an app that provides additional information about baby's development, pregnancy, childcare tips, and more.

Text4baby topics include:

·         Nutrition for you and your baby

·         Safe sleep tips

·         Baby's milestones

·         Signs and symptoms of labor

·         Doctor visit and appointment reminders for you and your baby

·         Breastfeeding advice

·         Car seat safety

·         Information on health insurance

·         Urgent health alerts

·         Resource hotlines and websites

For more information, check out www.text4baby.org

Text4baby is a free service provided by Wellpass. The text messages are sent for free thanks to the CTIA Wireless Foundation and participating mobile phone companies: Alltell, Assurance Wireless, AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Boost Mobile,Cellcom, Cincinnati Bell, Cricket, MetroPCS, n-Telos, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and Virgin Mobile USA. 

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a twelve-member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. CCHD underwent centralization in 2019 and is currently located in Rocky Hill.

 

 

GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCES NEW STATEWIDE EFFORTS TO CONFRONT OPIOID ADDICTION AND SAVE LIVES

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GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCES NEW STATEWIDE EFFORTS TO CONFRONT OPIOID ADDICTION AND SAVE LIVES

State Launches Smartphone App to Assist with Overdose and a Public Awareness Campaign to Educate Residents on Opioid Misuse and Encourage Treatment

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont, the Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) today announced new coordinated efforts to confront and prevent the increase in opioid addiction across the State of Connecticut. During a news conference at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, state agency commissioners, doctors, first responders, the General Assembly’s insurance and public health chairs, and persons in recovery joined the governor to launch the “LiveLOUD – Live Life with Opioid Use Disorder” statewide awareness campaign, as well as the new Naloxone and Overdose Response (NORA) smartphone app.

“We can’t allow opioid addiction to continue consuming our families and residents. There are resources available to help no matter what stage individuals find themselves in,” Governor Lamont said. “My hope is today’s information is shared far and wide so that we can save lives or prevent someone from down the path of addiction altogether.”

Naloxone & Overdose Response App (NORA)

Naloxone & Overdose Response App (NORA)

“While the number of opioid-related deaths in Connecticut has leveled, even one overdose death is still too many,” Lt. Governor Bysiewicz said. “Educating the public is a critical component of addressing the opioid crisis and we believe the LiveLOUD campaign and NORA smartphone app will make it easier for people across the state to learn about what services are available to them.”

Administered by the Department of Public Health, the NORA app is designed to help save lives when confronted with an opioid overdose by educating residents on how to administer naloxone and using a user’s GPS data to find nearby locations to obtain the medication. The app, which is free for all users, functions through the web browser of most smartphones by visiting norasaves.com.

“Carrying naloxone, with assistance from the NORA app, empowers every resident of Connecticut to potentially save someone’s life,” DPH Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell said. “If those most likely to witness an opioid overdose – such as friends and family – have access to this critical treatment and know how to use it, Connecticut can see a much higher chance of survival for those who overdose. I want to encourage everyone to go on our website and use this app so we can educate as many people in our state as possible what to do when they see someone overdosing.”

In an effort to prevent, discourage and destigmatize opioid addiction, starting today DMHAS launched LiveLOUD, a series of social media, radio, transit, and billboard spots directed to those who are actively using heroin or misusing prescription opioids, their families and communities. Connecticut residents will start seeing ads offering support, encouraging treatment and educating on treatment options.

“Our objective is to send a message of hope – that treatment options are available, and Connecticut cares about those suffering, their families, and the communities who are battling this epidemic,” DMHAS Commissioner Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon said. “We are working hard every day to ensure individuals have the support and care needed to overcome this deadly disease and to let them know that recovery is possible.”

Last year, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) reported that there were 1,017 deaths in Connecticut due to accidental overdose, 93 percent of which were opioid-related. While the state is not seeing the drastic increase in overdose deaths seen in previous years, the number of accidental overdoses is still nearly triple of the number of accidental overdoses reported by the OCME in 2012. Nationally, 116 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses.

In 2012, the state adopted a law, Public Act 12-159, that allows prescribers such as physicians, surgeons, and nurses to prescribe, dispense, or administer naloxone to any person to prevent or treat a drug overdose and the prescriber is protected from civil liability and criminal prosecution for administering the drug to reverse the effects of an overdose. Two years later, these protections were expanded by Public Act 14-61 to include laypersons, as family and friends are those most likely to witness an overdose.

“For too long, opioid use disorder has been stigmatized and treated like something that shouldn’t be discussed. That has only contributed to the opioid crisis growing to its current size,” State Senator Mary Daugherty Abrams, who chairs the legislature’s public health committee, said. “I applaud and welcome the introduction of LiveLOUD, as it offers those with opioid use disorder support and encouragement. Individuals who struggle with opioids need reassurance that treatment can help them, and that’s what this initiative provides them with.”

“We are proud to stand with the state as they launch this next great step towards changing the tide in the opioid epidemic,” Dr. John Rodis, president of Saint Francis Hospital, said.  “Addiction is an illness that requires medical treatment and support just as heart disease, diabetes, or any other disease does. At Saint Francis, we have made it part of our mission to provide the necessary supportive services to our patients with substance abuse or opioid use disorders in order to safely and efficiently connect them to long term recovery treatment.”

For more information:

  • On opioid prevention, visit the opioid prevention program on the DPH website

  • On the LiveLOUD campaign, visit www.liveloud.org

  • On the NORA app, visit www.norasaves.com

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For Immediate Release: April 1, 2019
Contact: David Bednarz

Office of Governor Ned Lamont
David.Bednarz@ct.gov
860-770-9792 (cell)

 

Contact: Diana Shaw

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Diana.Shaw@ct.gov

860-418-6967 (desk)

860-558-0024 (cell)

 

Contact: Av Harris
Department of Public Health

Av.Harris@ct.gov

860-509-7106 (desk)

860-250-8391 (cell)

www.ct.gov/governor
  

 

 

CCHD Celebrates National Public Health Week!

Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) cordially invites you to join us in celebrating National Public Health Week 2019 (NPHW): a week long, nationwide, public health initiative structured around daily themes April 1st – 7th. The American Public Health Association (APHA) has organized NPHW during the first full week of April annually for the past 24 years, educating the public, policymakers, and practitioners about public health strategies, practices and prevention. This year’s national campaign, ‘Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health’, focuses on topics such as Healthy Communities, Violence Prevention, Rural Health, Technology & Public Health, Climate Change and Global Health. In commemoration of NPHW, CCHD will be hosting the following events:

CCHD will kick off the festivities on Monday, April 1st during NPHW’s Healthy Communities day. Charles Brown, CCHD’s Director of Health, will be a guest on Newington Community Television’s (NCTV) ‘Talk to the Mayor’, a live talk show broadcasted on the first Monday of each month featuring Newington Mayor Roy Zartarian (R). Charles Brown will discuss topics pertaining to National Public Health Week, CCHD’s events, and answer questions from residents within our district.

Secondly, in collaboration with Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, CCHD will promote The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s (HOCC) ‘Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)’ program on Tuesday, April 2nd during NPHW’s Violence Prevention Day. VOCA is an outpatient program seeking to assist victims of domestic violence, childhood abuse or neglect, adult physical or sexual assault, elder abuse, and/or stalking or harassment. Offered services include individual & group therapy, medication management assistance, emergency transitional housing, emergency gift cards for food/clothing, bus passes, and legal assistance. For more information or to seek assistance, please call (860) 224-5267.

Thirdly, in partnership with Codeword Escape, CCHD will be hosting Public Health Game Night II: The Black Death! on Wednesday April 3rd in honor of NPHW’s Global Health theme. Our second annual Public Health Game Night will feature a multi-room escape room set within England during the devastating 1350’s Black Plague pandemic.

King Edward III’s daughter, Joan of England, has been infected on her journey to Castile. The King, taking precautionary measures, has quarantined YOU, his royal guard within his throne room. Hidden deep within the castle lies a cure, inadvertently accessible only by those whom have been locked in. You have one hour to solve the Mad King’s security puzzles to find the coveted hidden cure. Find the cure, save the King’s daughter, and survive the plague as heroes of the realm; fail to do so, and become tragedy as you succumb to the deadly disease!

A variant of Codeword Escape’s ‘Curse of the Golden Touch’ escape room, Public Health Game Night’s ‘Black Death’ will present a mediaeval perspective into the origins of Public Health! Come get locked in, conduct an outbreak investigation, track a deadly vector-borne disease, put your public health detective skills to the test, and get a taste of what Public Health has to offer! Space is strictly limited and reservations will be granted on a first come, first served basis. To secure your spot on the team, please email lpantoja@ccthd.org.

Fourthly, in partnership with ‘Text4baby’, on Thursday, April 4th, CCHD will promote Text4baby’s messaging service and companion app in honor of NPHW’s Technology & Public Health theme. Text4baby is a free national health text messaging service that provides personalized information (timed to mom’s due date) to pregnant and new mothers in an effort to improve the health of their babies. Topics include: nutrition (Mom & baby), safe sleep tips, baby milestones, signs & symptoms of labor, doctor visit reminders, breastfeeding advice, car seat safety, information on health insurance, urgent health alerts, and online resources. Furthermore, Text4baby’s companion app provides additional information about baby’s development, pregnancy, childcare tips and much more. Text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 for enrollment!

Lastly, in collaboration with Rocky Hill’s Cora J. Belden Library, CCHD will be screening the film ‘The Human Element’, a documentary featuring a coast-to-coast series of stories featuring the impacts of climate change hosted by award-winning environmental photographer James Balog. Stories are depicted through lens of the four classical elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The film’s screening will be preceded by a brief introduction and followed by an interactive discussion session led by members of CCHD’s staff.

For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4!

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is governed by a fourteen member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. CCHD underwent centralization in 2019 and is currently located in Rocky Hill.

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CCHD Offers FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops

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CCHD Offers FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops

Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) will be hosting FREE ‘Live Well with Chronic Disease’ self-management workshops to district residents residing in the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The six-week workshop series will be held once a week on Wednesday mornings, beginning on April 10th through May 15th from 9:30 AM – 12 PM at the Newington Senior & Disabled Center located at 120 Cedar Street in Newington.

‘Live Well with Chronic Disease’ is a nationwide, evidence-based self-management program developed at Stanford University. The workshops are designed for adults suffering from ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety and/or depression, in addition to their families and their caregivers. Participants will learn how to effectively manage their conditions through nutrition, exercise, symptom management (fatigue, pain), emotional management (stress, depression, anger, fear, frustration), medication, & effective communication with health care providers within an interactive and supportive environment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), six in ten adults in the United States suffer from a chronic disease and four in ten adults suffer from two or more. Chronic diseases are broadly defined as conditions that last one or more years, requiring ongoing medical attention and/or limiting activities of daily living. Chronic diseases include Arthritis, Cancer (Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Gynecological, Skin, etc.), Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Lung Disease, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Lupus, Obesity, Stroke, and Tooth Decay among others. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the US, contributing to the nation’s $3.3 trillion in annual health care costs. Risk factors for developing chronic diseases include poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, tobacco use/secondhand smoke, and excessive alcohol use.

Pre-registration is required & space is limited. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call (860) 665-8778. The textbook ‘Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions’ will be available on loan at no cost; participants can also purchase a personal copy.

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‘Live Well with Chronic Disease’ is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and sponsored by the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH), the North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAAA), and the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD).

For more information on CCHD please contact us by visiting www.ccthd.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CCTHD4!

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Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is the local health department serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The district was formed in June 1996 with the towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Berlin joined the District in 1998, followed by Newington in 2006. CCHD is overseen by a twelve member Board of Health and functions as an independent entity of government. CCHD underwent centralization in 2019 and is currently located in Rocky Hill.

Media Contact:

Luis Pantoja

Health Educator

Central Connecticut Health District

2080 Silas Deane Highway

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Rocky Hill, CT  06067

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