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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