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CPHA E-Newsletter - Spring 2017

Posted By Melissa Touma, Monday, February 27, 2017

CPHA E-Newsletter—Spring 2017



Happy New Year CPHA!  As we enter CPHA’s 2nd century, we are already preparing for an active and productive year.  But before getting into all the details, let’s first welcome our brand new section: the Community Health Workers Association of Connecticut!  We are excited to have CHWACT under the CPHA umbrella, and we look forward to everything they bring to the organization.

One of underlying themes in all of our activities this year will be to get you involved.  Not just in CPHA but in helping to improve the health of everyone in Connecticut.  You have already seen action alerts sent out from the Advocacy Committee, and there will be plenty more.  When you see them, spread the message.  Call or email your legislators about the topic.  Forward the email to your friends and colleagues.  Show up at rallies.  Share our posts on Facebook.  Re-tweet them on Twitter.  Post your own message and tag CPHA.  Ultimately, the strength of our advocacy efforts is you, and even a small amount of effort can have tremendous impact.

In addition to impacting Connecticut’s health, help us honor those who have made a real difference in our lives.  Nominate a colleague, an organization, or a student for one of the CPHA Awards.  Show your support for all of their late nights and weekends of work by joining us at the CPHA Awards Breakfast, which will be held during National Public Health Week.

Last, but certainly not least, get involved directly with CPHA.  Encourage your co-workers to support CPHA’s Mission by becoming a member.  Submit an abstract to the 2017 CPHA Annual Conference and present your work during the largest public health conference in the state.  Encourage your organization to join the MOR and help mentor young students who are interested in public health.  Attend a Health Education Committee meeting and learn about the newest public health programs and research being conducted throughout the state.

Our success as an organization is reliant on your involvement.  Help us make CPHA the strongest public health organization in the state!


Meet your new leadership team!  CPHA’s new Executive Committee began its term on January 1st.  There are some familiar faces in new positions and some new faces entirely.  CPHA gives them and all of our new Board members the warmest welcome.  We look forward to all that can be accomplished over the next year.


Jonathan Noel, President

Jonathan Noel, PhD(c), MPH is currently a doctoral candidate in the public health program at the University of Connecticut, where he also earned his MPH.  His research consists of evaluating alcohol advertising published on social media, understanding how alcohol-related messages spread through social networks, and how social media influences alcohol behavior.  He has previously worked at the Harvard School of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.  Jonathan has worked with CPHA since 2007.  He was the recipient of the CPHA Michael J. Perlin Award in 2015 and a CPHA President’s Award in 2010.  He is also an active member of the American Public Health Association and has served as APHA’s Student Liaison for the University of Connecticut.


Morgan Spencer, President-Elect

Morgan Spencer, MPA, MPH, CPH serves as the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Programs in Public Health at the University of Connecticut.  Morgan earned her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in applied public health practice in 2005 from the University of Connecticut.  In 2012, she completed her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in public and financial management also from the University of Connecticut.  Morgan passed the Certification in Public Health (CPH) exam in 2008 and has maintained her public health certification since. Morgan is a proud member of both Delta Omega, Beta Rho, UConn’s Public Health Honor Society and Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration. Morgan has been a member of CPHA since 2005 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.


Heather Clinton, Secretary

Heather Clinton is a Research Assistant in the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Heather has been assigned to work with the Office of Injury Prevention at the Connecticut Department of Public Health since March 2016. As a member of the Office of Injury Prevention, Heather engages in activities focused on surveillance of unintentional drug overdose fatalities, utilizing the Connecticut Violent Death Reporting System (e.g., abstracting data from select official reports, analyzing data results, and generating reports).  In addition, Heather holds a concurrent position with Reach Out and Read Connecticut. Heather is responsible for activities related to communications, programs evaluation and coordination, and data management. Heather received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Connecticut.


Elizabeth Schwartz

Be it at Pepe’s, Modern, Sally’s, or Zinc Kitchen, New Haven resident Elizabeth Schwartz is still enough of a native New Yorker to know how to fold a slice!  Elizabeth would prefer to live in a world scored by upbeat, ‘80s one-hit wonders, where all stall doors swing outward, and where everyone has access to adequate healthcare and outstanding, public education. Her public health passions are issues of health equity, neglected tropical diseases, and health engineering using low-cost, local products in the developing world.  Professionally, Elizabeth leads community health activities in five New England states for a major cancer-focused charitable organization. She is also a part-time professor of public health at Southern Connecticut State University, and a public health ghost writer. In 2016, she was the recipient of CPHA’s Michael J. Perlin Student Award, as well as SCSU’s A. Kay Keiser Valedictory Award.  When not knee-deep in the world of public health, Elizabeth is a passionate globe trekker, photographer, and connoisseur of treehouse living!


 SAVE THE DATE: Friday, April 7, 2017 – 2017 CPHA PUBLIC HEALTH AWARDS


Mark your calendars!  The 2017 CPHA Public Health Awards Event is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017. Like every year, we welcome you to join us in honoring our 2017 CPHA Award Recipients (to be selected) for their outstanding contributions to public health in Connecticut. This event will also be an opportunity for professional networking with public health colleagues and supporters from around the state! More details about the event to follow soon!




The 2017 Program Committee is in the beginning stage of organizing the annual conference. The 100th anniversary celebration exceeded expectations and attendance, and we are looking forward to the same enthusiasm and attendance this year.  If you want to participate in the planning committee, please send email to:



The legislative session is in full swing, and the Advocacy Committee will be keeping you updated on ways to get involved. CPHA is committed to protecting and promoting public health efforts and investments, particularly in the areas of Prevention, Public Health Infrastructure, Health Equity, and Environmental Health. We need your voice- 2017 is shaping up to be a challenging year for the public health community.  We encourage you to speak up and help others to do the same.



1) GET TO KNOW YOUR LEGISLATORS. Follow your legislators on social media, save their numbers in your phones, bookmark their online contact info- however you want to get in touch, they NEED to hear from you!

Find your State Senator and Representative.

Find your U.S. Senator and Representative. Already know? Find their contact info below:

Senator Richard Blumenthal (202) 224-2823

Online: Twitter @SenBlumenthal

Senator Chris Murphy (202) 224-4041

Online: Twitter @ChrisMurphyCT

Rep. John Larson (1st District) (202) 225-2265

Online: Twitter @RepJohnLarson

Rep. Joe Courtney (2nd District) (202) 225-2076

Online: Twitter @RepJoeCourtney

Rep. Rose DeLauro (3rd District) (202) 225-3661

Online: Twitter @rosadelauro

Rep. Jim Himes (4th District) (202) 225-5541

Online: Twitter @jahimes

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (5th District) (202) 225-4476

Online: Twitter @RepEsty

2) ACT ON STATE LEGISLATION. We will provide updates on bills we are watching with calls to action. The list of bills we are tracking will be updated regularly and can be found here. If there are bills you are watching that you feel should be brought to the attention of the CPHA Board, please let us know. The Public Health Committee page can be a helpful resource to identify bills of interest, but keep in mind there may be bills in other Committees as well. You can make your own bill tracking list by creating an account, which will provide you with text and email alerts.

3)  ACT ON FEDERAL LEGISLATION. We will also provide updates on federal legislation and calls to action.

4) ATTEND EVENTS. We will share information about educational sessions, community conversations, and rallies related to public health legislation or public health issues relevant to our priority areas. We encourage you to share opportunities with us.

5) FOLLOW CPHA ON FACEBOOK. In addition to email alerts, we will be sharing opportunities to get involved through Facebook. Follow us here!



CPHA has taken a special interest, based on the bills currently under consideration, in the following topics:

· Opioid Addiction Treatment and Opioid Control

· Substance Abuse Treatment

· Tobacco Control

· Pay Equity and Paid Family Medical Leave

· Community Health Worker Integration

· Protecting and Enhancing Access to Reproductive Healthcare

· Promoting Affordable Housing

· Reducing Consumption of Sugar Sweetened Beverages

· Protecting Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

· Protecting and Enhancing the Water Supply

· Funding Lead Abatement Activities

To date CPHA has provided testimony on the following bills and issues:

H.B. 5210: An Act Concerning Various Pay Equity and Fairness Matters 

H.B. 5384: An Act Raising the Legal Age for Purchase and Use of Tobacco Products

S.B. 35: An Act Concerning Beverages with Added Sugars, Sweeteners, and Artificial Sweeteners and Obesity

S.B. 126: An Act Concerning Community Health Workers

Submitted by Community Health Workers Association of CT

S.B. 126: An Act Concerning Community Health Workers

Submitted by CPHA

Proposed Changes to the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Statute 8-30G


In addition to providing testimony, we will be sharing fact sheets with our members to accompany action alerts on the above topics. If you have special knowledge on any of the above and are willing to help in the development of fact sheets, please let us know.


In addition, the 2017 SHIP Policy Agenda is the first ever, collaboratively developed listing of priority policy issues for the Healthy CT 2020: State Health Improvement Coalition (SHIP Coalition).  The 2017 SHIP Policy Agenda is a consolidated list of input from Action Team members and SHIP Action Summit participants to align with policies and priorities developed through SHIP Action Teams. For more information about SHIP priorities, visit the SHIP Coalition webpage:


If you are interested in supporting the Advocacy Committee, please contact Jenna Lupi,




New and Existing Members – Get your CPHA Member pin!

This year, as part of our National Public Health Week (April 6th – 12th) activities, CPHA is asking all CPHA members to ask one or more colleagues and/or friends to join CPHA.  Membership is the backbone of the Association and we need you, your colleagues, and your friends to amplify your public health voice.  We know that our current membership reflects only a fraction of those involved in public health in the State.  Who works in public health?  Our friends at APHA have developed a fairly full roster including: first responders; restaurant inspectors; health educators; scientists and researchers; nutritionists; community planners; social workers; epidemiologists; public health physicians; public health nurses; occupational health and safety professionals; public policymakers; and, sanitarians.

If you know anyone who has a career listed above, ask them, “do you belong to CPHA?”  If they don't, ask them to join.  CPHA’s online membership form is the easiest way to do this.  During this membership drive every new member who signs up from March 1st to April 30th will receive a “CPHA Member” lapel pin (a new member agency will receive 3 pins).  As a thank you to existing members, if the new member (student, individual, agency, retiree, lifetime, or community health worker) lists the name of a CPHA member on their application as the person who referred them, the existing CPHA member will also receive a “CPHA Member” lapel pin.




This National Public Health Week the CPHA MOR is trying to Make CT the Healthiest State by April 8 by engaging them in the CPHA 30-30 Step Challenge. Please read the letter below which we sent to our 45 MOR members to get them involved in helping APHA reach its goal of 1 billion steps by April 9th.  We encourage you to join this effort by signing up as an individual member on the CPHA 30-30 Team, or as a team leader with one or more members at


Thank you from the NPHW MOR team:

Joan Lane Naugatuck Valley Health District, Co-chair NPHW

Cyndi Billian Stern, CPHA MOR Chair 

Pamela Kilbey-Fox, UConn MPH Adjunct Faculty

Susan Troupe, HOSA Chair

N. Chi Anako, Health Equity Program Coordinator for Trinity Health Care Systems

Jane Donn, Health Science Curriculum Specialist, Ed Advance

Michelle Pomerantz, Student Organization UConn MPH Program


On January 21st some 3 million people walked... rather marched... for women’s health. Now the American Public Health Association (APHA) has challenged Americans to collectively walk 1 billion steps by the close of National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017). With a population of just over 3.5 million, Connecticut’s fair share is 10 million steps of APHA’s goal of 1 billion. But CPHA believes we can do much better and is raising the bar to 30 million steps to Make CT the Healthiest State by April 8.

Whether we are walking for our heart or better health policies. Here’s how we will get there:



· Reach 30 million steps between March 11 and April 8 (3 times our share by our portion of the population) by forming small walking teams of co-workers and community members.

· Mentor students from undergraduate programs or courses in public health as you walk.

· Develop long-term relationships with schools, private businesses and foundations to increase support for, contribute to and participate in public health activities.

· Educate individuals and organizations across the state about the benefits of walking. Regular physical activity like walking reduces the risk of conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. Walking can be relaxing, spiritual, and when we do it together, it decreases loneliness, one common risk factor for depression.


Our Strategy:

· Recruit CPHA MOR leaders from at least 20 of our 45 member organizations.

· Each MOR leader recruits 2 or more walkers (staff, colleagues, students, friends, family).

· Each MOR leader will also recruit a partner organization(s) in the community, which will also recruit walkers. Non-public health community organizations (businesses, schools, hospitals, foundations) that form teams will need to have one member join CPHA as an individual, or have the organization become a member.

· Walkers will count their own steps (via Fitbit, phone apps, pedometers) and report their results to their team leader.

· Team leaders will report steps on the CPHA website each Saturday from March 11th-April 8th.

· Watch our progress on APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Campaign website (look for the CPHA 30-30 team).

· Teams will be recognized at the CPHA Annual Awards Event in April.

· Encourage team members to join CPHA!

 We Can’t Do This Without You. Email or call us to get involved. We will send you what you need to make this easy: From letters to community partners to how to submit team information and number of steps. Watch for updates at



What is the Community Health Workers Association of Connecticut (CHWACT)?

CHWACT is an organization for Community Health Workers.  A Community Health Worker (CHW) serves as a liaison-link-intermediary among the community, health and, social services to facilitate access to resources and improve the quality and cultural competency of service delivery. A CHW also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.         


CHWACT is a section of the CPHA.


CHWACT’s mission is: To advance the CHW workforce through policy, education, research and leadership.


CHWACT’s Core Values:

CHANGE:  We believe in the effectiveness of CHWs empowerment to transform individuals and communities.

JUSTICE:  We protect the capacity of CHWs to function ethically and with care. We accomplish this with integrity and courage.


LEADERSHIP:  We take steps to advance the CHW workforce and inspire others to join us.


Activities performed by CHWACT:

 Provide information, education and capacity-building for CHWs, CHW employers, CHW champions and community members

 Offer networking and professional development opportunities for CHWs

 Influence CHW-related policymaking and advocate for a strong, sustainable CHW workforce in Connecticut

 Collect and share current data impacting the CHW workforce in Connecticut, New England, and the U.S.


For more information on CHWACT visit:

Or contact:



Following an amazing 2016 Conference event, the 2017 CPHA Program Committee is hard at work preparing for this year's Annual Conference. The conference will be held on October 30, 2017 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT.


If you are interested in participating in the planning of this year's conference, please email


Interested in sponsoring, exhibiting or advertising at the CPHA conference? Take advantage of the opportunity and gain exposure to hundreds of public health professionals and advocates from around the state. Click here for more information!







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