These three buildings on Homestead really stood out, given that one of the properties across the street includes a boarded up City-owned structure. What are the odds that three in a row would look cared for and inviting? Continue reading 'Casa Linda: Triple on Homestead'»
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A drug collection unit now sits in the Public Safety Complex lobby on High Street. The Hartford Police Department says that this gives the public a “safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.”
This box is one of 1,000 units sponsored by CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project as part of a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 54.2% of prescription drugs were obtained free from a friend or relative, and another 16.6% were bought or taken from a friend or relative. By far, the top reason teens have said that they use prescription drugs is because of access: more than 70 percent of teenagers, according to a 2014 study by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, said that it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets.
Meds can be dropped into this unit 24/7, no questions asked, police say.
Family Day in Keney Park was among the many things happening this past weekend in Hartford. The free event provided dancing and musical entertainment, along with information from community organizations and free health screenings. There were food, book, and clothing vendors on the lawn near the Woodland Street entrance. Continue reading 'Weekend of Cultural Events'»
The dental program at the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective is now accepting new clients. Services are open to those of any sexual identity, including straight.
There is a dentist and a dental hygienist on staff. The HGLHC also partners with the Tunxis Community College Dental Hygiene Program to have student dental hygienists work under supervision of college faculty and the HGLHC program manager.
Medicaid, cash, checks, and many types of insurance are accepted. Call Patricia Miller, the program coordinator, at (860) 278-4163 extension 23 to set up an appointment or get more information. The main office is located at 1841 Broad Street in Hartford.
Starting Wednesday the City of Hartford’s Health and Human Services Department along with the Voices of Women of Color will be offering information sessions about HPV and the HPV vaccine.
Continue reading 'Learn About HPV'»
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Saint Francis has confirmed the rumor: the adult dental services that had been provided at the Burgdorf/Bank of America Clinic on Coventry Street will no longer be available in that Blue Hills neighborhood location. Instead, those relying on these services will need to schlep to the Saint Francis Dental Center, 1000 Asylum Avenue in Asylum Hill.
Though described by St. Francis as a mere two miles apart, the concern coming from residents is that those most in need of the services — the uninsured and underinsured — often rely on public transportation, which in Hartford, has room for improvement. Community members worry that those who need these services most will not continue to receive them due to the inconvenience of travel.
Our questions posed earlier this week about this move were responded to today, Friday. Monday is when the transfer of adult dental services will occur. The OB-GYN services will also be “transitioned” to the main St. Francis campus. Continue reading 'Dental and Other Services Moving from Blue Hills to Asylum Hill'»
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Decades have passed since neighborhood organizations in Hartford made city leaders nervous. At one time, these once legendary community organizations took over city council meetings, worked to bring better housing conditions to city renters, and held sway over local elections. Now Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART), Asylum Hill Organizing Project (AHOP), and ONE/CHANE are long gone or husks of their former self. These once vital groups used classic, Alinsky-style neighborhood organizing to keep City Hall and other Hartford powerbrokers in check. Today we see groups like HART simply cashing checks written by powerbrokers. Community organizing that has been dormant for too long in our city. Now, a new group is rising and working to fill the void.
The John C. Clark School in Hartford’s north end has been the site of many skirmishes in recent months over the direction of school reform in the city. But from these battles a new community organization and coalition of residents and neighborhood leaders has emerged. The group, called Hartford Rising!, has grown into a multi-issue community group that just this past weekend established a Community Bill of Rights to “ensure and protect each and every Hartford citizen’s most basic needs.”
Beginning with a city-wide canvas, Hartford Rising! worked to identify key areas of concern for city residents. With nearly 3,000 doors knocked on, the group was able to Continue reading 'Rising Tide: A Community Bill of Rights'»
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'»
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?'»