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.

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REMINDER: HIV is Still Infecting Connecticut Residents and it is Preventable

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Connecticut DPH Releases New HIV Data

Hartford– The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has released Connecticut Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Surveillance data for 2017.

According to the 2017 data, there were 281 people newly diagnosed with HIV in CT. This is an increase of 4% from the 269 cases reported in 2016. Of the 281 cases, 137 (49%) were among men having sex with men (MSM), 92 (33%) were among heterosexuals and 23 (8 %) were among people who inject drugs. There are currently 10,560 people living with HIV in CT.

Among those diagnosed with HIV in 2017, 40% were Black/African American, 30% were White and 29% were Hispanic/Latinx. Young people between the ages of 20-29 ranked highest of those newly diagnosed (29%), followed by people aged 30-39 (21%) and 40-49 (21%).Black heterosexual females accounted for 17% of the new 2017 HIV infections, exceeding Black MSM (11%).

The 5-year data trend (2013 – 2017) shows significant decreases in HIV transmission overall and among MSM. Total HIV diagnoses (incidence) during the same period decreased by 15% and among MSM, a 19% decrease was reported. Despite prevention efforts, disparities still remain. The 5-year data trend indicates an increase of 57% in HIV diagnoses among Black heterosexual females.

In June 2018, Commissioner Pino led and engaged with statewide partners to launch the Getting to Zero Campaign. This initiative promotes routine HIV testing and access to care, both associated with positive health outcomes for people living with HIV.

"We have come a long way in bringing HIV under control in CT, but we have more work to do. Prevention is the best tool against HIV. If you think you are at risk, condom use and prophylactic treatment (PrEP) are your best choices. Our surveillance data indicates that we still have persistent health inequities that DPH needs to continue to address and we are dedicated in doing so. Get tested and know your status. If you are HIV positive, initiate HIV treatment as soon as possible and remain in treatment. DPH is committed to get to Zero." stated Commissioner Pino.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone aged 13-64 should be tested for HIV annually at your regular visit, and people at risk should be tested at least once a year, if not more often. Ask your doctor, or visit gettested.cdc.gov to find a testing site.

For more information about the latest Connecticut HIV statistics visit: CT HIV statistics

For more information about how to prevent HIV visit: positivepreventionct.org HIV

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HIV in Connecticut Infographic:

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Connecticut Department of Public Health

Contact: Elizabeth Conklin

(860) 509-7270

CCHD Encourages Residents to Take Precautions Against Influenza

As flu season intensifies, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) strongly encourages residents to take precautions to protect themselves against flu virus transmission ahead of peak influenza activity. Over the course of ten flu clinics held this past fall, CCHD has proudly administered 2,378 flu vaccinations to CT residents across the state. CCHD urges residents whom have not already received their flu shot to contact their medical provider today.

Annual flu vaccination is the primary method to provide immunity against the influenza virus, mitigating illness and death caused by influenza-related complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months of age and older, especially among at-risk populations with compromised (weakened) immune systems. Vulnerable populations susceptible to prolonged infection and influenza-related complications include adults over 65 years of age, children under five, pregnant women, and persons with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease & emphysema), heart disease (congestive heart failure & coronary artery disease), and diabetes.

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection affecting the nose, throat, and lungs that can cause mild to severe illnesses resulting in hospitalization, and can lead to death. In the United States, the CDC estimates that “influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010”. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle/body aches, runny/stuffy nose, headache, and fatigue. Complications include viral and bacterial pneumonia, ear and/or sinus infections, and exacerbation of existing chronic medical conditions.

As of December 29th, 2018 (2018-2019 Influenza Week 52), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) has reported a total of 787 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases, 268 influenza-related hospitalizations, and a total of 4 influenza-associated deaths. Influenza A viruses have been identified as the predominant circulating strain this season, accounting for 94% of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases: 662 influenza A (unspecified subtype), 64 influenza A (H1N1), 11 influenza A (H3N2), & 50 influenza B.

CCHD advises residents to take personal protection measures to reduce the risk of contracting the flu by following 10 easy steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds

  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Disinfect surfaces and objects that may have become contaminated (phones, doorknobs, keyboards)

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people

  • While sick, limit contact with others

  • If you or your child are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after fever subsides

  • If prescribed antiviral drugs, make sure to follow your medical provider’s instructions

  • Stay informed by following updates, guidelines and recommendations from public health agencies such as the CDC, DPH, and your Local Health Department/District (LHD)

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

CTDPH's National Radon Action Month

DPH: CELEBRATE A HEALTHY NEW YEAR WITH A RADON TEST
DURING NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH

Hartford — To kick off National Radon Action Month, the Connecticut State Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Connecticut residents to test their homes for radon gas, the leading national environmental cause of cancer mortality. Health officials estimate that radon is responsible for more than 21,100 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.

A naturally occurring, radioactive gas formed from the natural decay of uranium, radon is found in rock, soil and water. While radon in outdoor air poses a relatively low risk to human health, it can enter homes from the surrounding soil and become a health hazard inside buildings.

“Because you can’t see, taste, or smell radon, people are often unaware that this silent killer could be in their homes,” said Allison Sullivan with DPH’s Lead, Radon and Healthy Homes Program. “That is why testing for radon and reducing elevated levels is so important, and could save your life or the lives of your loved ones.”

The DPH Radon Program recommends that all Connecticut homes be tested for radon. Testing is recommended in the winter months. Testing homes for radon is simple and inexpensive. Thirty-three local health department/district partners were provided a total of 2,200 free test kits for distribution in their local communities to support radon awareness. Visit the DPH Radon Program website at ct.gov/radon to view a map of the local health partners and contact them directly to determine eligibility. Test kits can also be purchased from the American Lung Association by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA or at your local hardware store.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homes with radon levels at or above 4.0 pCi/L be fixed. Homeowners should consider reducing their potential lung cancer risk by fixing homes with radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. Smokers exposed to radon have a much higher risk for developing lung cancer.

Radon problems can be corrected by qualified radon contractors, with costs typically ranging between $1,200 and $1,500. A homeowner should hire a qualified radon mitigation (reduction) contractor to decrease airborne radon levels.

To learn more about radon and to obtain a list of qualified radon mitigation contractors, please visit the DPH Radon Program website at ct.gov/radon.

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Connecticut Department of Public Health

Contact:

Maura Downes

(860) 509-7270

The Central CT Health District is Moving to Rocky Hill in 2019!

The Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is delighted to announce our agency’s centralization just in time for the New Year! Effective Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 CCHD’s central office currently located in Wethersfield, along with our satellite offices currently located within Berlin, Newington and Rocky Hill Town Halls, will all be moving into a brand new central headquarters located at 2080 Silas Deane Highway in Rocky Hill! Additionally, in commemoration of our new home, CCHD is thrilled to debut our new agency logo!

Please be advised, CCHD’s web page, social media pages, and staff email addresses will remain the same. Please make sure to update your records with our new address and phone numbers.

Our offices will be closed on Friday, January 4th and Monday, January 7th in order to accommodate our transition. We look forward to welcoming everyone on January 8th, 2019!

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

 

CCHD's 'Last Call' Flu Clinic!

CCHD Invites CT Residents to our ‘Last Call’ Flu Clinic!

Back by popular demand! The Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) will be hosting our ‘Last Call’ Flu Clinic on Thursday, November 29th from 2:30 – 6 PM at the Wethersfield Town Hall Council Chambers.

Over the course of nine flu clinics held this past October, CCHD has proudly administered over 2,300 flu vaccinations to CT residents across the state. We strongly encourage residents age 4 and older, whom have not already received their flu shot this year, to attend our last clinic of the season. Please be advised that supplies are limited and vaccinations will be administered on a first come, first served basis.

CCHD’s ‘Last Call’ Flu Clinic

Date:               Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Time:               2:30 – 6 PM

Location:         Wethersfield Town Hall Council Chambers

                                    505 Silas Deane Hwy

                                    Wethersfield, CT 06109

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* Supplies are limited; vaccinations administered on a first come, first served basis *

Please bring your insurance card to the clinic to receive your vaccination at no cost to you. We bill Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA Healthcare, Connecticare, United Healthcare Medicare plans, and Medicare part B insurances. For those that are uninsured, the cost is $25; however, no one will be denied vaccination for inability to pay.          

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. Our central office is located in the Wethersfield Town Hall with satellite offices in Berlin, Newington, and Rocky Hill.