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We are thrilled to invite you to the 6th annual state-wide Health Equity Week, from March 30th – April 7th! Health Equity Week, recognized in state statute, is Connecticut’s annual commitment to eliminating health disparities and creating opportunities for every resident to thrive in good health.

This year’s theme is “Affording Equity”.

Why? Times are tough, and Connecticut residents are having a hard time affording the things they need to stay healthy. Some have huge medical bills, others worry about not having a stable place to live, and many are stressed about paying off student loans. “Affording Equity” reminds us how important it is to tackle these problems so everyone can have a fair chance to access what they need for a good and healthy life.

Let’s make a meaningful impact this Health Equity Week. Join us for a FULL week of advocacy, learning, and collaboration!

Ways to actively participate:

  • Engage in our tabling and panel discussions to share your ideas and experiences.
  • Contribute to our online discussions (FacebookTwitter, &  Instagram) using the hashtag #HEW2024.
  • Attend our events to connect with fellow participants and amplify the impact of our advocacy!
  • Plan an event! Let us know and we’ll add it to the schedule below.
  • Write an op-ed in support of “Affording Equity”. Email kmoquete@hesct.org for more!
  • Keep your friends up to date with all of the latest HES news by sharing our newsletter!

If you have any questions, please email Kally Moqute at Kmoquete@hesct.org.

We look forward to your valuable contribution to making Health Equity Week 2024 a resounding success!

Thank you to our sponsors! You make this work possible!➡️ Wednesday, April 3rd at 10:00 AM on ZOOM!

Health Equity Week 2024 Detailed Event Schedule

➡️ Saturday, March 30th from 10:00 AM @ the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave, HFTD CT

Hartford Step Off Classic Health Fair & Panel Discussion on Chronic Diseases and its Connection to Medical DebtThis annual health fair brings together community partners to offer information about good health and preventive medicine and screenings/assessments for blood pressure or cardiovascular health. Visit HES’ table to learn more about Health Equity Week!

➡️  Monday, April 1st at 10:00 AM @ the Legislative Office Building

Financial Assistance Press Conference: Join HES and partners to discuss “Affording Equity”!

  • ICYMI: H.B. 5320 An Act Concerning Financial Assistance was favorably voted out of committee! We also had a successful public hearing on March 6th with 16 verbal and 25+ written testimonies submitted. Scroll to the end of this email for pictures.

➡️  Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:00 PM on ZOOM!

Combatting Medical Debt: A Fireside Chat (Virtual)More than 200,000 people in Connecticut have medical debt. Join Health Equity Solutions and the Health Equity by the People for the People Coalition to learn your rights to combat medical debt, share your experiences, and learn how you can advocate to prevent medical debt in Connecticut.

Partnership for Strong Communities: Housing & Health Equity Webinar (Virtual): This session will highlight the intersection between housing and health equity! It is in collaboration with the Housing and Health Equity Lab at the Yale School of Public Health, run by Dr. Danya Keene, and Partnership for Strong Communities!

➡️ Wednesday, April 3rd at 12:00 PM on ZOOM!

Connecticut Paid Leave: Lunch & Leave (Virtual)Every worker deserves peace of mind and support! Join CT Paid Leave and Health Equity Solutions to learn more about the paid leave program and how to apply for benefits!

➡️ Thursday, April 4th at 2:00 PM @ the Connecticut State Capitol Building RM 310 & the Hall of Flags

Affording Health Equity Panel Discussion & Resource TablingAffording Equity? What is it? Come hear from community partners and advocates on issues such as medical debt, affordable housing, food costs, and student loan debt. Share your experiences and stop by tables in the Capitol to gather resources.

➡️ Thursday, April 4th at 6:00 PM the Connecticut State Capitol Building RM 310

Patricia Baker Health Equity Advocacy Award Reception: The Patricia Baker Award for Health Equity Advocacy represents excellence in policy advocacy to advance systems-level change to promote health equity in Connecticut. Join Health Equity Solutions and distinguished guests to celebrate the recipient!

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