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CPHA Spring 2018 Newsletter

Tuesday, March 20, 2018  
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CPHA E-Newsletter—Spring, 2018



From the CPHA President’s Desk

Traditionally, the busiest time of year for CPHA is the fall as we ramp up activities for the annual conference.  Thankfully, traditions change.  During the first few months of 2018, CPHA has been incredibly active, and I am thrilled that we have been able to engage so many different public health professionals, students, and organizations throughout the state.


First and foremost, congratulations to the 2018 CPHA Award Winners! Our award winners and their bios are listed below and on CPHA’s website.  The short version?  These are individuals and organizations who have made incredible contributions to public health in Connecticut and beyond.  As President, I have incredible pride in handing out our awards to deserving candidates and the 2018 awardees may be the best yet.


Second, there is still time to join the 2018 CPHA Step Challenge.  Titled the 10,000^2 Challenge, we challenge Connecticut’s residents to walk 100 million steps by National Public Health Week.  Seems like a lot of steps, right?  Well, last year you walked 70 million steps!  A special thanks goes to Cyndi and Joan of CPHA’s MOR.  They have spent considerable time recruiting teams of professionals, college students, and high school students around Connecticut.  At the end of the challenge, they will likely have recruited nearly 300 participants single-handedly.  A thank you is also extended to Yale’s APHA student members.  They were involved in the designing and disseminations of this year’s challenge material.


Third, do not miss the 2018 CPHA Legislative Breakfast on March 29th at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.  Being co-sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health (CADH) and the Connecticut Association of Public Health Nurses (CAPHN), the breakfast will be the key event that brings Connecticut’s largest public health professional associations together for a common cause.  The keynote speaker will be Jeremy Stein, Executive Director of CT Against Gun Violence (CAGV).


My final message for this newsletter is: “Get Involved, Stay Involved.”  Whether it is counting your steps, attending an event, or advocating for an issue, your involvement is our strength, and based on our current impact, CPHA is looking very strong.


Jonathan Noel
CPHA President






CPHA will celebrate National Public Health Week (April 2nd-8th, 2018) at the 2018 CPHA Public Health Awards and Networking Breakfast on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at Southern Connecticut State University, in the Adanti Student Center Ballroom. This event will offer a chance to socialize, network, and recognize the outstanding individuals who have contributed to the advancement of public health here in Connecticut.


The 2018 Award Recipients are:


·      C.-E.A. Winslow Award – Karen Spargo MA, MPH, RS, former NVHD Director of Health


·      Ira V. Hiscock Award – AIDS Connecticut (ACT), statewide coalition providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Connecticut


·      Charles G. Huntington Award – Angela Carrano, DNP, MSN, RN, Quinnipiac University, faculty; CPHA and CT Association of Public Health Nurses Board Member


·      Michael J. Perlin Student Award – Natalie Moore, MD, MPH Candidiate, UCONN International Disaster Medicine Fellow


Come meet some our award recipients on Thursday, April 5th, in the Adanti Student Center Ballroom-345 Fitch Street, New Haven, CT from 8:30am to 11am. Breakfast, coffee, and refreshments are included with registration.


Free parking is available for the event at the Wintergreen Garage on campus, 23 Wintergreen Ave, New Haven, CT.


Admission to the event is $15 ($12.50 for students and community health workers). For more information and to register, click here.




There's still time to join the 2018 CPHA Step Challenge!


This year, CPHA’s 10,000^2 Challenge is to attain a goal of 100 million steps by National Public Health Week. Through this event, we encourage Connecticut’s residents to walk 100 million steps by National Public Health Week.  The last couple of months we have inspired professionals, college students, and high school students around Connecticut to join us in this challenge.


Through the first 2 weeks, 19 teams have registered and there are over 300 walkers participating!  Thank you to those of you who have already registered, and for those who are still waiting – there’s still time! Please sign up and submit your steps via this form


We would like to extend our gratitude to our MOR committee for their jhard work in recruiting the team, and to Yale School of Public Health’s APHA student members.  They have been an amazing support in designing and disseminations of this year’s challenge material.


Join us.  Register a team or walk on your own.  You can register at any time.  All of your steps will be used to support APHA’s Billion Step Challenge.


Last year, you helped us surpass our step challenge goals.  This year, let’s repeat history.  The total step count and the team with the highest step count will be announced at the Annual CPHA Awards Breakfast held during National Public Health Week.




Public health in action. . . that’s the modus of Mentors on Request.  We aim to help students understand the role that public health plays in every aspect of their lives, by giving them exposure to passionate professionals across the breadth of our field.


The CPHA MOR  has been using the 2018 CPHA Step Challenge as a springboard to strengthen connections between students and our public health member organizations.  Our target populations are the CT HOSA and students from undergraduate programs in public health. 


As co-chairs of the MOR, we had the pleasure of both presenting to over 200  HOSA members from 18 school districts some quick facts about public health and the CPHA Step Challenge at their March 10th state conference.   We then judged their public health presentations on this years’ theme, Dating Violence.  We were impressed by the professionalism, creativity and effectiveness of these 10-minute presentations that sought to raise awareness and provide guidance for teens to prevent dating violence both personally and in their communities. The day was also a great kickoff in terms of the Step Challenge: 12 schools signed up. 


The MOR is asking more of our Step Challenge teams: We have formed the MOVE and MENTOR Step Challenge  where MOR members walk and talk about public health careers with both HOSA and undergraduate public health students.  We are grateful to MOR members who have been instrumental in getting this project going, Michael Pascucilla of East Shore Health District and CADH and  Susan Troupe of HOSA.  We welcome our other MOR members to Move and Mentor.  


Following NPHW activities and the close of the Step Challenge we will be sending a MOR survey to help us establish an online system of connecting educators and public health career mentors.  Meantime, check out the Resource Page for new PowerPoint presentations on HEalth Literacy and an introduction to public health.  




The 2018 Connecticut legislative session is in full swing, and the Advocacy Committee is at work to keep 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.


The best way to get involved in our efforts is to attend our upcoming events:

Thursday, March 29, 8-10 AM: CPHA’s Annual Legislative Breakfast at the Legislative Office Building Dining Room, 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. This year’s breakfast will feature Jeremy Stein, Executive Director of Connecticut against Gun Violence. We are especially excited about this year’s topic, as we know many CPHA members would like to support efforts around gun violence prevention. Even if this issue isn’t your top priority, this event is an opportunity to mix and mingle with public health professionals and legislators and learn about CPHA’s legislative agenda and ways to get involved. Both CPHA members and non-members are welcome. It is a great way to get to know other CPHA members and learn about the issues. Registration is Free. REGISTER HERE. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jenna Lupi,


Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm: CPHA Advocacy Training Day: During National Public Health Week, CPHA will host this training day to educate members and students on the basics of public health advocacy, including how to effectively communicate with legislators, and how to write testimony. Special guest for this event is Senator Gary Winfield. The event will be held at The Adanti Student Center, Room 301 at SCSU, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven  on Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm. This training is open to members and non-members alike. Registration is Free and attending students will receive a FREE CPHA membership. REGISTER HEREDownload the Agenda Here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call our event organizer, Ashley Andreou ( or call (213-505-7908).

Interested in providing testimony on a bill? Testimony can be submitted electronically or provided in-person. Learn more about the process here OR reach out to The Advocacy Committee is eager to talk to members who want to help support the process through written or oral testimony.

 Your voice is more important now than ever- join us to get involved! The next Advocacy Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 PM via conference call: 857-232-0156, Access Code: 356849. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Advocacy Co-Chairs Jenna Lupi, or Roberta Friedman,




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APHA CareerMart

The APHA CareerMart is the online job bank maintained by the American Public Health Association.

ASPH Job Bank

The ASPH Job Bank is maintained by the Association of Schools of Public Health, an association which serves all the schools of public health in the U.S.

Connecticut Department of Administration Services Employment Connection

The Connecticut DAS website contains all Connecticut government positions and explains the state testing and application process. is a job board for non-profit organizations including groups concerned about public health.

NACCHO Job Listings

The National Association of County and City Health Officials job bank focuses on openings in county and local boards of health.

National Healthcare Career Network

 The NHCN website has links to job listings from over 100 public health organizations and institutions around the country.

Public Health Employment Connection

 This job bank is maintained by the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and contains listings for jobs around the country. lists job openings by state and city.


 USAJOBS is the job bank for the U.S. government and contains listing for all government agencies.

WHO Job Listings

The WHO job bank lists current WHO positions around the world and explains the WHO application process.





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