Naugatuck Mayor Robert Mezzo and Valley Women’s Health Initiative/Women Making a Difference recently received the Community Caring Heart Award at The 8th Annual Women and Heart Disease program, according to a press release sent out by Griffin Hospital.
The award recognizes individuals and groups that foster initiatives that promote and improve the general health and well-being of all. This is the fifth year that the award will be bestowed.
Mezzo was selected for his efforts to promote Griffin Hospital’s breast cancer education efforts in Naugatuck, where there is a high incidence of breast cancer death as compared to the rest of the state. The Valley Women’s Health Initiative was selected for its 13 years of work to address health disparities in Lower Naugatuck Valley women, especially heart disease and breast cancer. The group raises money so women can have free mammograms, works with area doctors to help remind women of their annual breast cancer screening, and secured grants to fund women’s health educators and coordinator at Griffin Hospital to help women navigate the testing and treatment process.
More than 100 people attended this year’s Women and Heart Disease program, which raises funds for the Women and Heart Disease Fund.