Category: health care

Dental and Other Services Moving from Blue Hills to Asylum Hill

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By , May 2, 2014 5:15 pm

Screenshot of partial bus system map / Map created by CT Transit

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'»

Rising Tide: A Community Bill of Rights

By , April 29, 2014 4:35 pm

Photo by Josh Blanchfield

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'»

American Cancer Society’s Walk Enlivens Bushnell Park

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?

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

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.


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