Health department schedules forums

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health today announced it is holding
forums across the state to engage the public in discussions about making their communities
healthier places to live.
DPH commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen and other department leaders will hold a one-hour public
forum in each of Connecticut’s eight counties to hear the public’s perspective on the issues
affecting their health as well as their ideas on making their communities healthier. During the
forums, DPH representatives will also present key information about the health of Connecticut
residents.
“These forums will provide an opportunity for the department and the public to share
information and discuss the important issues affecting the health of Connecticut communities,”
Mullen said in a news release. “Obtaining direct feedback from the public is critical to our work to
improve the health of Connecticut.”

Fairfield County’s forum will take place Oct. 8, at Discovery Magnet School Cafeteria, 4510 Park Ave., Bridgeport. New Haven County’s event will take place Oct. 10 at Hill Regional Career High School, Auditorium, 140 Legion Ave., New Haven.

Last year, DPH began conducting a comprehensive health assessment in collaboration with other state agencies and
diverse organizations from across the state. The State Health Assessment will help establish the
health status of Connecticut residents and identify resources in Connecticut that can be used to
address health issues such as prenatal care, behavioral and environmental risk factors, and the
leading causes of death.
Based on findings from the assessment, a State Health Improvement Plan will be developed to
provide a roadmap for improving health and ensuring that all people in Connecticut have the
opportunity to attain their highest potential for health (health equity) through 2020. The plan will
focus on health improvement through prevention, and the promotion of health equity based on
age, sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, geography, and the social, economic, environmental,
and behavioral determinants of health.
Public input is an important part of the State Health Assessment, and will provide valuable
information for the State Health Improvement Plan. All Connecticut residents are welcome to
attend and participate in the forums. Walk-ins are welcome. Advanced registration is optional by
phone (860-509-8070) or online (https://ct.train.org – Use ID # 1045492). All forums are from 6
to 7 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

Amanda Cuda

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