Leading a Medicaid Program During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
[Excerpt from article by Kate McEvoy, January 10, 2022] What was it like to be a Medicaid director during the COVID-19 public health emergency? First, there was an all-too-slow dawning realization. Then a huge wave of activity, followed by just enough critical distance for some observations. [....] Around late August 2020, lower rates of infection buoyed hope. The brief reprieve gave us a bit of distance to think and evaluate. While gaining perspective remains a work in progress, here are a few observations:
January 29, 2022
City Starts To Think About Broadband
[Excerpt of news article by Thomas Breen, 1/14/2022] Should the city partner with an existing internet service provider to boost broadband? Or set up its own network and side-step telecom monopolies? Those questions are at the center of a revived city effort to at least think about how to bring faster and more reliable internet to all of New Haven. City economic development officials and city-hired consultants discussed that quest Thursday evening during an hourlong “community meeting” about high-speed internet access in New Haven.
January 14, 2022
New Partnership Will Help State Fight Health Inequities
[Excerpt from NBC Connecticut news story by Julia Skrobak, December 15, 2021] The state's Office of Health Strategy has announced a new partnership to help eliminate health inequities. This is a huge collaboration between the state, local organizations and even federal groups. Connecticut was one of 10 states added to an initiative called "Strategie to Repair Equity and Transform Community Health," known as STRETCH. The Office of Health Strategies says it's an initiative that gives them a leg up on work they've already been doing for years.
December 15, 2021
State health insurance exchange extends enrollment deadline
[Excerpt of article by Karla Santos, 12/15/21]
December 15, 2021
More Women Than Men Put Off Medical Appointments Due To Pandemic, Survey Finds
[Excerpt from article by Kristina Tedeschi Wayne, which also appeared in statewide newspapers] Like many women throughout Connecticut, Isabella Vasquez of New Britain has missed or postponed health care appointments due to the pandemic. For the 23-year-old house cleaner, postponing medical appointments became necessary when the COVID-19 crisis affected childcare for her 2-year-old son.
December 09, 2021
Connecticut panel hosts inaugural meeting to address racism in public health
[Excerpt of article by Hannah Qu, 11/19/2021] The 28-member Commission on Racial Equity in Public Health met for the first time Wednesday, following its establishment by Governor Ned Lamont in a summer bill that declared racism a public health crisis in Connecticut.
November 19, 2021