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2017 CPHA Fall Newsletter

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CPHA E-Newsletter—Fall 2017



Welcome to Fall!  As the temperature starts to drop and the leaves begin to change, CPHA is back from the summer months to provide you with a great membership experience.

That experience starts with the 2017 CPHA Annual Meeting and Conference, which will be on Monday, October 30th at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.  Featuring an entire schedule that comes from you, our members, there is a packed agenda that touches on all aspects of public health, including a welcome from Senator Christopher Murphy, a morning keynote from State Senator Doug McCrory, and an afternoon keynote delivered by the Founder/President/CEO of Community Health Center, Inc. Mark Masselli.  I not only strongly encourage you to attend but to bring your friends along as well.  We are offering a group discount for parties of 10 or more.  (Click here to download the form or see attached form at the end of the newsletter)

The fall is also a time when many of us renew our CPHA membership.  The importance of this act cannot be overstated as our membership is the basis for the strength of our organization.  As you renew your membership, consider referring a friend.  CPHA pins will be mailed to both you and your friend to acknowledge your contribution towards strengthening CPHA as an organization and furthering our vision to make each generation of Connecticut healthier than the last.

Finally, check your inbox regularly to become involved in committee activities.  The health education committee offers multiple opportunities to earn continuing education credits, the advocacy committee will begin ramping up its activities to prepare for the next legislative session, and the MOR is always looking for new public health mentors.

Thank you for being a member.  I look forward to seeing you at the conference on October 30th!


It is time for the CPHA Annual Meeting and Conference!!  Be a Part of CT's Premier Public Health Event

2017 CPHA Annual Meeting and Conference

From Patient to Population Health - Disparities Matter

October 30, 2017 - 8am-4pm

The Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St, Plantsville, CT 06479


This year’s theme is “From Patient to Population Health, Disparities Matter”. We have an exciting full day event planned with 32 different presentations! The event will be hosted at The Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St, Plantsville, CT 06479. The morning Keynote will be State Senator Doug McCrory, Democratic Deputy President Pro-Tempore, as well as a welcome video from Senator Christopher Murphy.  The afternoon keynote is Mark Masselli, Founder/President/CEO of Community Health Center, Inc in Middletown, CT.  Registration for the annual conference is now open on CPHA website and the brochure has been mailed. 

This year's CPHA Conference will feature:


Click here to download the Brochure and Agenda for the 2017 CPHA Annual Meeting & Conference

Help us promote the conference to your professional and personal networks, co-workers.  If you are interested in volunteering, have any suggestions please email us at

See you all on October 30th for another great day of conference!


If you can organize a group of 10 or more people, each person will receive 10% off the conference registration fee and $10 off a 1 year membership to CPHA.  The discount is available to all membership categories, which includes students, CHWs, individuals, and retirees.  The discount is not organization specific.  Bring a group of any 10 people, regardless of where they work, and everyone receives the discount. Click here to download the form or see attached form at the end of the newsletter.


New and Existing Members – Get your CPHA Member pin!

This year 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.  Every new member who signs up will receive a “CPHA Member” lapel pin.  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.

 As many promoters have been heard to say, “Act now, this deal won’t last!”


Mentors on Request (MOR), is excited to host an afternoon session at the CPHA Annual Meeting on October 30th.  Richard Sugarman, Founder of CT Forum and Executive Director of Hartford Promise, will interview public health leaders to help students and other mid-career attendees gain skills and awareness on navigating successful public health career pathways.  Leaders will be representing a variety of health care and public health settings including CT Hospital Association, Aetna, Universal Health Care Foundation, Trinity Health of New England, and East Shore District Health Department; speed mentoring opportunities will follow.

Shift in MOR’s focus

When the MOR formed in 2007, it was in response to a predicted shortage of 250,000 trained public health workers, due to too few schools offering the major and too few high school students ever being exposed to public health as a concept or a career. The MOR goal was to begin establishing a pipeline of public health workers by working with high school educators and their students in the classroom and community, to raise awareness and skills in the field before college majors were selected. We also were building more civic minded youth!

Between 2008 and 2012, with efforts to increase national public health undergraduate degree programs, a greater focus on prevention, and public awareness campaigns such as “What is Public Health?”, the field became one of the fastest growing majors in the country.  A plethora of online public health degrees has further driven the need for public health field placements and other forms of experiential learning for undergraduates.  Hence, the MOR will address this need by shifting our focus from serving high school students and educators to those involved in higher education.

This summer CPHA MOR Co-chairs supervised intern Kristina Ramdial, MD, MPH candidate from the University of Miami, to conduct a small qualitative survey of key MOR members and CPHA mentors, to identify:

        Training needs for mentors

        Available worksite and classroom experiential learning opportunities

        Funding opportunities to develop a website where mentors and students can post training needs and opportunities.

Future Activities at MOR

        September 2017: The MOR survey results will be made available to all CPHA members.

        October 2017: An online survey will be distributed to MOR members.  The results will be used to help us prioritize the MOR activities and services to better meet members’ needs. Please help us by participating!


The Health Education Committee (HEC) meeting scheduled for September 13 has been cancelled, but there are many upcoming opportunities for continuing education credits. Please mark your calendars for the annual CPHA meeting (October 30) and the next HEC meeting scheduled (December 6, 9 am – 11 am). In addition, please check CT TRAIN ( for many other educational opportunities from our partners at the New England Public Health Training Center and others, including the archived June HEC webcast on tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases (Course #1071180).

CPHA’s HEC always welcomes new members and feedback. For more information, please visit our page on the CPHA website or email the CPHA Health Education Committee at


The Advocacy Committee plans to start holding monthly calls for anyone interested in participating in advocacy. Date and time starting next week will be sent out as we look forward to the first week of October to kick off this monthly call series.  Please stay tuned for more details.

To get involved with Advocacy Committee, please contact Jenna Lupi,


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