This Week in CHCACTion
January 16, 2018
This Week in CHCACTivities
On January 15, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, CHCACT’s Service to Improve Community Health (STICH) AmeriCorps program organized a public event to support migrating families from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: ¡Comunidades Unidas! Bienvenidos a Connecticut (United Communities – Welcome to Connecticut). STICH AmeriCorps Members from ten health centers and CHCACT collected hundreds of donations ranging from winter clothing, coats, food items, toys, books and personal hygiene products to assemble care packages for attendees.
While donations of necessity physically sustain those affected, STICH AmeriCorps members emphasized community development through food, music, and conversation to welcome families who have experienced such dire circumstances. Approximately 50 parents and children from the impacted community attended the event. Through the generosity of local businesses, the STICH AmeriCorps Program was able to give out two family 4-pack vouchers to the Beardsley Zoo, two $25 gift cards to Frankie’s Diner, and one family 4-pack of tickets to Showcase Cinemas.
Several people and organizations deserve special recognition in making this event possible. Rosa Correa, coordinator of the Puerto Rico Relief Center, was integral in facilitating our donation efforts and connecting us with families affected by the disaster; Optimus Healthcare graciously allowed us to utilize their facilities for the event. Thanks to all the AmeriCorps members who collected donations, helped plan, and otherwise contributed to ensuring the event was a success! And of course, thank you to Connecticut Commission on Community Service (CCCS) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for their investment in our AmeriCorps members and the communities which they commit to serve.
Lastly, we appreciate the sentiments conveyed by U.S. Congressman Jim Himes (D-4) and Connecticut State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28), who both attended the event. Their words of optimism, encouragement, and insight were welcome additions to our community-based event!
Learn more about the STICH AmeriCorps program here!
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1.14.18 New Haven Register — New Haven Farms to Expand Healthful Garden Program (feat. Fair Haven Community Health Care)
1.10.18 Hartford Business Journal — Wheeler Opens Flagship Hartford Location
1.12.18 CT Mirror — New Transportation Contractor for Medicaid Patients Off to Rocky Start
1.11.18 CT Mirror — Malloy Says He Won’t Impose Work Requirements on Medicaid
1.10.18 CT NewsJunkie — Op-Ed: Prescription Costs Are Squeezing Out Other CT Priorities, But We Have Options
1.10.18 Hartford Business Journal — CT Shares in $23.9M Kool Smiles Settlement
1.10.18 Fairfield County Business Journal — Four Fairfield County Towns Join Opioid Addiction Lawsuit
1.10.18 CT NewsJunkie — Courtney Cheers ACA Open Enrollment Results
1.11.18 Governing — Four Health Programs (Other than CHIP) That Congress Has Left in Limbo