Cornell Scott-Hill and Chapel Haven Team Up to Teach Nutrition Classes

This month Get Centered traveled to Chapel Haven in New Haven, CT! Chapel Haven is a center that serves adults with intellectual developmental disabilities and social complications. This includes adults with high functioning Autism and Aspergers syndrome. At Chapel Haven, a myriad of services are offered most of which are focused on helping an individual become independent. Get Centered focused on a specific program at Chapel Haven that is run in partnership with Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center. April is Autism Awareness month, and we encourage you to watch and share the video above to learn more about Chapel Haven and its partnership with Cornell Scott!

For more information about Chapel Haven you can visit their website here.

Community HealthCorps Members at CT Mission of Mercy!

Community HealthCorps members table at CT MOM
By Alison Carini

On March 20-21st, all 18 CHCACT HealthCorps Members had the opportunity to volunteer for the 8th Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach Mission of Mercy: a two day free dental clinic providing care to disadvantaged residents from Connecticut and the greater Northeastern US states that experience barriers accessing dental treatment. With over 130 chairs, Mission of Mercy offered a wide range of dental services, from cleanings, to restoration, to oral surgery and prosthetics. Chairs were also dedicated to special patient populations including expecting mothers and children. This year, almost 2,000 patients were treated, with over $1.5 million in treatments donated. HealthCorps Members participated in a variety of volunteer responsibilities including helping patients navigate the different Mission of Mercy dental departments as Patient Escorts, and facilitating patient understanding as Translators/Interpreters. Mission of Mercy 2 (1)

In addition, Health Corps Members were stationed at an info table to provide interested patients with information on medical, dental, and/or mental health services available at Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout Connecticut, as well as insurance enrollment and eligibility support provided by Certified Application Counselors. Although I can’t speak for all of the HealthCorps members in attendance, I found it to be a rewarding teaching experience filled with patient interactions that will never be forgotten. I met one family at Mission of Mercy from New Jersey. Both children and the mother were all treated that day. As a Spanish Interpreter, my volunteer experience gave me crucial practice with my second language, and exposed me to dental medicine. My most important role, however, was to provide reassurance to nervous patients through conversation and holding hands. Although we all have our own personal reasons for joining Health Corps, at the end of the day, we all want to support and serve the community through events like Mission of Mercy.

Alison serves at the Great Danbury Community Health Center in their School Based Health Center.

The Bettor Choice Program part 2

Last week we posted about The Better Choice program at UCFS in Norwich. Today we will share the rest of our conversation with Lisa Moon. In the first video, below, Lisa talks in more detail about problem gambling and its effects on a person and their friends and family. The second video describes the resources available at UCFS through Bettor Choice and how to access them.

For more information on The Bettor Choice click here for their page on the UCFS website.

Also, don’t forget! This Friday March 27th at UCFS Professor Thomas E. Broffman of Eastern Connecticut State University will present on Everything You Wanted to Know About Gambling, but Were Afraid to Ask. Check out the flyer for complete details.

Give Kids a Smile day at Community Health Services

On February 21st Community Health Services in Hartford held an event called Give Kids a Smile in which free dental services were provided to children under 18.

In Connecticut both HUSKY A and B also known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program offer dental coverage to children from families of low and middle incomes. Despite this, there are still some children who slip between the cracks and do not have oral health coverage. Programs like Give Kids a Smile are crucial to ensuring that all state children have a chance to have affordable dental care.

The video above offers a look at the day’s events. Enjoy!

The Bettor Choice Program at United Community & Family Services

This week we sat down with Lisa Moon the Behavior Health Service Coordinator for The Bettor Choice program at UCFS in Norwich. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and Lisa and UCFS are working to promote problem gambling awareness in our communities. In the video above, Lisa highlights resources that are available for anyone interested in getting help for gambling addiction. Lisa also mentions an upcoming event at UCFS in which Professor Thomas E. Broffman of Eastern Connecticut State University will present on Everything You Wanted to Know About Gambling, but Were Afraid to Ask. Check out the flyer for complete details.

For more information on The Bettor Choice click here for their page on the UCFS website.

Check back soon for a video of Lisa describing problem gambling and its effects on both the gambler and his/her friends and family.