Category: health care

American Cancer Society’s Walk Enlivens Bushnell Park

By , October 20, 2013 4:01 pm

The American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk raised over $240,000 on Sunday morning. Continue reading 'American Cancer Society’s Walk Enlivens Bushnell Park'»

We Have the Awareness. Now What?

By , October 16, 2013 7:05 am

What if you find a lump but have no health insurance and earn perhaps too much to qualify for Medicaid? We may have improved access to health care on January 1st, but that does not help those who develop potential health concerns before then.

There is something scarier than thinking you may have breast cancer– it’s that possibility combined with the inability to cover the cost of screening, let alone treatment. Worries about mortality and quality of life are then compounded with worries about financial ruin and all that comes with it.

The barrage of pinkwashing and messaging to get checked can seem annoying and alienating to those who feel the need to delay or even avoid screening. The mammogram is held up as that thing to go out and get, but a mammogram alone does not necessarily rule out cancer, especially for those with dense breast tissue.

A manual exam, mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy to diagnose can add up into the thousands of dollars. For some, that means the savings account they may have will be drained, and that’s just to get a diagnosis.

Women earning on the lower end of the scale may be eligible for free screening through the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program. There are restrictions on income and age, but the screenings include clinical breast exams, diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds and biopsies, and surgical consultations. Once in the system, women can be guided through other programs and payment options if the diagnosis is cancer. Those who fall in the gap between having affordable health care and being able to qualify for Medicaid may qualify for these programs.

For those who have the funds, there are ways to give meaningful contributions, like donating directly for another person’s mammogram. Continue reading 'We Have the Awareness. Now What?'»

Fueling Station Proposal Referred to PZC

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By , January 15, 2013 3:16 pm

The controversial proposal to create a “fueling station” next to the Stop & Shop in Parkville was referred by City Council to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Planning and Economic Development Committee.

There will be a hearing at the January 22, 2013 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission. This meeting will begin at 5pm in the Plaza Level Conference Room at 260 Constitution Plaza.

Free Flu Clinic

By , January 11, 2013 4:04 pm

There is a range of opinion on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, but those who wish to take this extra step can attend a free flu clinic on Tuesday, January 22nd from 10a.m. until 2p.m.

Sponsored by the City of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services, the clinic will be held on the first floor of the Burgdorf Health Care Center, 131 Coventry Street. Continue reading 'Free Flu Clinic'»

Closing the Power Gap

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By , November 27, 2012 1:23 pm

“If it’s something you really want to do,” said State Representative Penny Bacchiochi, “you’ll find a way.”

Bacchiochi was among five female members of Connecticut’s General Assembly participating in the Legislator Panel that was part of the Second Annual Women’s Policy Day on Tuesday. The goal of this event was to help participants better understand the political process on the State level.

Wedged between a General Assembly 101 session and a Mock Public Hearing, panelists advised the audience on ways they could get more directly involved in local or state politics. State Representative Linda Gentile urged participants with political aspirations to keep themselves informed. Continue reading 'Closing the Power Gap'»

Free Acupuncture for Vets

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By , August 9, 2012 1:17 pm

The Veterans Acupuncture Clinic of Hartford will be offering these free treatments for veterans and their immediate family members from noon until 3pm on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the Hartford Elks Club (34 Prospect Street). This kind of treatment is intended to address anxiety, PTSD, pain, and other issues. Continue reading 'Free Acupuncture for Vets'»

ConnectiCon: Getting Skills

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By , July 16, 2012 10:15 am
Joker and Bane

Joker and Bane // Photo by Helder Mira/Rabbit Ears Media

We know the stereotype: nerds and geeks lack social skills. There is some truth in this, and the nearly ubiquitous online culture exacerbates this at times– there is a new avenue in which to communicate, but when it comes time for face-to-face interaction, many continue to struggle.

But for those attending this year’s ConnectiCon, what might not come naturally was possible to learn. Continue reading 'ConnectiCon: Getting Skills'»

Free Health Fair at Keney Park

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By , June 11, 2012 8:36 am

From 11-3 on June 16th, there will be a health fair providing the public with information about HIV, diabetes, cholesterol, and breast and prostate health. This event sponsored by the Greater Hartford NAACP will also provide programs about nutrition, lead poisoning prevention, maternal and infant health services, along with free health checks.

The health fair will be held at the Keney Park Pond House, 323 Edgewood Street.

Breast Cancer Fundraiser Set for Saturday: Rain or Shine

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By , May 7, 2012 11:00 am

The rate of invasive breast cancer is 136 in 100,000 for women in Connecticut, higher than the national average of 125 per 100,000. In men, the national rate is 1.2 per 100,000. Hartford has been found to have a high rate of late-stage diagnosis. Those wishing to bring awareness to the issue and work toward finding a cure may have needed to rethink their support of the major organization associated with breast cancer research: Susan G. Komen Foundation. Continue reading 'Breast Cancer Fundraiser Set for Saturday: Rain or Shine'»

Rally for Gender Equality in Bushnell Park

By , April 29, 2012 10:19 pm

Making claims that we live in a post-racial society would get most people laughed at, under the best of circumstances. We recognize that the success of Barack Obama, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Oprah Winfrey does not mean racism has vanished from the United States.

But misogyny? Some are still boggled by the continued presence of that beast.

Sitting on a bench near Corning Fountain, I had several people approach me to ask about the small rally happening on Saturday afternoon. A neutral, factual explanation was met with sneering. Online, I read remarks mocking the event; others seemed genuinely naive about the status of women in 2012.

Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., visited Hartford in February. He told congregants during the Black Catholic Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph that the use of birth control is linked to an increase in out-of-wedlock pregnancies, as well as to the increased transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Continue reading 'Rally for Gender Equality in Bushnell Park'»

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