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CPHA Summer Newsletter 2018

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Connecticut Public Health Association e-Newsletter

June, 2018



From the CPHA President’s Desk


Welcome to Summer!

Summer is a time of sun, sand, relaxation, recuperation, and rejuvenation.  As you are enjoying your hike through the woods, the vacation at the beach, or just a few days away from work, CPHA remains hard at work to bring you the best possible programs.


The jewel in our program calendar is the 2018 CPHA Annual Conference!  Entitled “Epidemics,” the 2018 conference will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill, CT.  You are what make these conference great so submit your abstracts as soon as possible.  The deadline is July 1st!  We want to hear about infectious disease epidemics, chronic disease epidemics, the obesity epidemic, the opioid epidemic, and all other public health concerns that should be considered an epidemic.  Speak in an oral presentation, on a panel discussion, in a rapid fire session, or part of a roundtable session.  Think your organization might want to exhibit their information at the conference?  Check out our sponsorship page for all of our sponsorship, exhibitor, and advertising options!

Although the conference is CPHA’s largest event of the year, it is not the only program we plan.  Check your emails often for the most recent updates on advocacy, health education, and mentoring activities.  Fresh off an active legislative session and very successful advocacy training day, the advocacy committee is working to make sure we stay engaged throughout the year.  The health education is working to expand our education offering so let us know what topics to cover.  The MOR is constantly finding new ways to bring public health to high school and college students.  If you want to be a mentor or want to be mentored, the MOR will have the opportunities.


On this issue of the CPHA Newsletter we are proud to share highlights of recent exciting developments happening at our member organizations. If you have any exciting opportunity or news you would like to share in the CPHA’s platform and inform our readers please email our Communications Sub-committee at


Finally, CPHA is always looking for new voices, new faces, new perspectives, and new ideas.  Think about joining a section or a committee.  Even a small commitment can go a small way.

Enjoy your summer!  Drink lots of water.  Use plenty of sunscreen.  Grab some fresh food, and get outside!


Jonathan Noel
CPHA President



CPHA Mentors on Request (MOR) is excited to report that our MOVE and MENTOR Step Challenge program with HOSA Future Health Professionals is one of three projects to win recognition this month from International HOSA.   The MOVE and MENTOR Project came about when HOSA State Advisor, Susan Troupe, approached MOR co-chairs, Cyndi Billian Stern and Joan Lane, with an idea: Why not ask HOSA students to join the CPHA Step Challenge? HOSA’s mission, to develop leadership in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience, and its, vision to promote health equity, aligned well with the CPHA mission.  With a little brainstorming MOR and HOSA leaders decided to create a program where MOR members from organizations in communities where HOSA teams existed, would walk and talk with HOSA students.  They would focus on two topics:  1) The physical and mental health benefits of walking in the company of others; and 2) Public health careers and issues.

The results were amazing for the students, the mentors and for CPHA. It made us realize just how effective the MOVE and MENTOR Step Challenge can be for connecting with the next generation.



Engage 12 of 23 HOSA Chapters to

form a Step Challenge team

We reached 13­­__despite horrific weather.

Cumulatively log 25 Million Steps in

4 weeks

Students tallied 50 million in only 3 weeks, CPHA reached its goal of 100 million.

Recruit at least 10 CPHA mentors to

walk with students

We reached our goal!

Submit a replicable project to

International HOSA for an award

We won!!!!! CT HOSA will accept the award on June 29th for our MOVE and MENTOR project.


MOVE and MENTOR strengthened both organizations new public health and educational partnerships, offering CPHA opportunities to expose a younger audience to public health concepts, careers and community involvement.   Because there are HOSA and APHA state affiliates throughout the nation, the model is one that can be easily replicated.


Many thanks to our MOR mentors who joined us as we walked with students or helped make connections: Lisa Morrissey, Joan Segal, Laurene Powers, Fawatih Mohammed, Byron Kennedy, Brianna Weller, Chi Anako, Jessica Rubin, Alexis Steele, Kaelyn Audette, Jessica Rubin, Sergio Lupo, Jennifer Muggeo, Heather Otis, Theresa Agrondezzi, Christine Hahn, Randy Domina, Jocelyn Mullins, Deb Risisky and Eloise Hazelwood. 


We look forward to working with you all next year to make connecting with students easier and to develop opportunities for mentor training as we expand the program into other schools. We believe that MOVE and MENTOR will help to develop the next generation of educated, health literate citizens with strong voices for public health.




The Health Education Committee is planning upcoming trainings, webinars, and meetings, and we want to hear from CPHA members about your continuing education needs! What topics are most interesting to you? What times and locations are best for education sessions? What kinds of credits are you most interested in receiving? Please take 3 minutes to answer this brief survey and let us know what you think.  If you would like to get more involved and help the Health Education Committee plan education sessions or if you have any other suggestions, please contact us at




CPHA Advocacy Committee Reflects on 2018 Legislative Session

The 2018 Legislative Session wrapped up in May. The CPHA Advocacy Committee was active during the session, hosting a Legislative Breakfast featuring Jeremy Stein, Executive Director of Connecticut against Gun Violence. The Committee also held its first Advocacy Training Day at Southern Connecticut State University which provided an opportunity for students and other participants to learn strategies to get involved. The training was well attended and the Committee plans to host additional trainings in the fall and spring.

The Advocacy Committee worked to identify CPHA member priorities early in the session, and chose bills to track based on member input. The Committee plans to take a similar approach next year and will focus on approximately ten bills, with the goal of developing testimony and fact sheets for each.

The Advocacy Co-Chairs would like to thank everyone who participated on the Committee this year, and would especially like to thank Valen Grandelski, Ashley Andreou, and Shelley Geballe for their work on the Advocacy Training Day. We look forward to next year’s session and encourage anyone interested in getting involved to reach out to us: Jenna Lupi, or Rob Friedman

Here is a recap of bills that CPHA tracked during the 2018 session:


HB 5542- AN ACT CONCERNING BUMP STOCKS AND OTHER MEANS OF ENHANCING THE RATE OF FIRE OF A FIREARM - bans the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm.

HB 5293AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE OF ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND VAPOR PRODUCTS requires the same direct, face-to-face sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products as is required for the sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.

SB 13- AN ACT CONCERNING FAIR TREATMENT OF INCARCERATED WOMEN - implements the Governor’s recommendations including prohibiting restraints or shackling during labor, providing feminine hygiene products free of charge, and establishing family-centric visitation policies.

HB 5149 - AN ACT CONCERNING SOBER LIVING HOMES allows sober living homes to register with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. No residence that does not register with the Department will be able to call itself a sober living home.

Did Not Pass

HB 5540- AN ACT CONCERNING GHOST GUNS AND THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS - would have banned guns without serial numbers and regulated those which are sold in a form requiring the purchaser to finish assembly or that are homemade and would have permitted local authorities to interview immediate family members as part of a determination of an applicant's suitability. Reported out of Committee

HB 5161- AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING SEAT BELTS - would have strengthened the existing seatbelt laws to require all passengers in a motor vehicle to wear a seatbelt, regardless of position. Reported out of Committee

SB 164AN ACT RAISING THE LEGAL AGE TO PURCHASE TOBACCO TO 21 – would have raised the legal age for purchase of tobacco products to 21. This bill was in accordance with the American Lung Association’s Tobacco 21 initiative. Reported out of Committee

HB 5213- AN ACT CONCERNING ORAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS OF CHILDREN - would have required oral health assessments for children entering school, in addition to comprehensive health assessments. House Passed

HB 5416 - AN ACT CONCERNING DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING PRACTICES OF LIMITED SERVICES PREGNANCY CENTERS - would have prohibited deceptive advertising practices by limited services pregnancy centers, which often disproportionately target low income communities and communities of color. Public Health Committee Hearing Held

SB 172 - AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO TREATMENT FOR OPIOID USE DISORDER IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES - would have established a medication-assisted treatment program in correctional facilities for inmates with opioid use disorder. Reported out of Committee

SB 465 - AN ACT CONCERNING DISPARITIES IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM –would have established uniform procedures for state agencies, boards and commissions that collect and share demographic data to reduce disparities in the health care system. Public Health Committee Hearing Held


Southern Connecticut State University recognized as the first breastfeeding-friendly campus in the state by the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

By: Jocelyn Zapata, SCSU Public Health Student & Intern with the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition


Breastfeeding in higher education is increasingly a public health priority that aligns well with SCSU’s commitment to social justice. Today there are more women attending college and working on campuses than ever before, and a culture of care is needed to support them and their families in meeting their breastfeeding goals. In 2017, SCSU launched an integrated breastfeeding-friendly campus initiative led by faculty in the Department of Public Health.

The program exceeds the typical provision of space for pumping breastmilk to include an inclusive shared responsibility approach provided by breastfeeding champions stationed across campus. The intention is to offer safe accommodations and support to students, employees and visitors wherever they are on campus. 

The response to SCSU’s progress has been overwhelmingly positive. Currently there are over 50 volunteer Breastfeeding Champions who are proud to serve as resources for anyone looking to find a safe and private area to breastfeed or pump. Thanks to our Breastfeeding Champions, SCSU is making a difference as evidenced by several comments that underscore how supported and safe breastfeeding mothers feel on campus.

Being a breastfeeding-friendly campus is rewarding for all universities as it leads to improved attendance, increased student and employee satisfaction, and higher retention rates. For more information on Connecticut’s Breastfeeding-Friendly Campus Initiative, please contact: Michele Vancour, SCSU Professor of Public Health at




Latest initiatives at Chesprocott Health District


Chesprocott Health District is working hard on promoting healthy lifestyles, promoting emergency preparedness & ensuring safe bathing water and healthy food establishments.


Here are some of our latest initiatives:

  • An informational sheet with each of the district’s walking trails and farm stands was distributed to the public.
  • Medical Providers have received information on Medication Misuse and Narcan Prevention.
  • Chesprocott received recognition as a breastfeeding friendly workplace.
  • Hurricane plan prevention information was distributed.
  • Until Help Arrives Training to the Public was held.
  • Tick Prevention and Presentations .
  • Safe-Serve Classes for Food Establishments were held.
  • Pool Inspections were conducted
  • CHD participated in the 2018 CPHA 10,000^2 Step Challenge

We are currently accepting interns.  For more details please contact Kathryn Glendon, Public Health Specialist, Chesprocott Health District  at





Message from the President of Connecticut Environmental Health Association (CEHA)


This year the Connecticut Environmental Health Association (CEHA) has increased our networking with the Connecticut Public Health Association (CPHA). A CEHA liaison was appointed to work closely with CPHA. I want to thank Elizabeth Kavanah and Heather Oatis for the tremendous work they did with CPHA co – sponsoring a legislative breakfast on March 29, 2018. Increased networking with other professional health associations within CT is such a great benefit to all of our members.


CEHA has recently updated our website and continues to actively increase our social media presence. As President I will be attending the 2018 NEHA Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition in June. I am extremely excited to meet other regional affiliates, network with environmental professionals and acquire practical and real world information. Its empowering when your surrounded by hundreds professionals that share your passion and dedication to environmental health.

The CEHA annual summer meeting will be held on July 19, 2018 and our annual meeting on November 1, 2018. We are also working on a well water workshop for November 14, 2018. Please visit our events page for other events. Additional details will be posted on our website and Facebook page. On March 22, 2018 we held our monthly CEHA meeting at the Carousel Museum in Bristol so that we could have the opportunity to view the exhibit on the History and Ritual of Tattoo & Body Art. Following our business meeting we had the opportunity to observe the hands-on exhibit that traced the scope and history of tattooing. As Environmental Health Professionals in CT many of us are responsible for inspecting and regulating body art facilities and staying current with evolving trends within the industry such as micro blading and permanent cosmetic makeup. This year CEHA formed a subcommittee to address cosmetology and body art issues.  


I want to thank the CEHA board members for all the work that is being done for our membership. I am grateful to work with such a talented, dedicated group of environmental professionals. One of my goals as CEHA President this year was to have a day of recognition for environmental health professionals in CT.  I submitted a Proclamation to our Governor to honor and recognize a day for Environmental Health Professionals in the State of Connecticut.




New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC) Refunded by HRSA 2018-2022


Great news!

Boston University School of Public Health was selected to continue running New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC) for 2018-2022, subject to Congressional funding.  The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) will stay as a NEPHTC partner, providing continuing education and student internship opportunities in our state. YSPH thanks all our CT partners, including CPHA, for their ongoing support and involvement.


Don’t miss these NEPHTC webinars this summer!

Food Insecurity and Rhode Island Seniors, Friday, June 29, 12:00-1:00pm EST Learn more and register here.


Creating Public Health Messages and Materials Using Plain Language, Monday, July 16 12 – 1 pm EST, learn more and register here.


CT’s Prevention Service Initiative: Investing in Community Partnerships to Address Chronic Disease, Tuesday, August 7 from 12 – 1:30 PM. Train ID# 1078024. Learn more and register here.


Agri-Tourism in CT and Public Health, Wednesday, August 15, 12 to 1:30 PM EST. TRAIN ID 1078784. Note: Registration to open in July.



Yale School of Public Health to Offer Online Climate Change and Health Certificate


The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) will offer a new 18-week, online certificate program on climate change and health beginning in September 2018—the first online certificate program on this topic offered by a U.S. school of public health. The Climate Change and Health Certificate will provide a toolkit for participants to understand the impacts of climate change on human health and practical strategies to enable them to use this knowledge to effect change.


The online certificate program includes three six-week courses:

·      Introduction to Climate Change and Health

·      Climate Adaptation for Human Health

·      Communicating Climate Change and Health


Throughout the courses, three themes are interwoven: 1) The Impact of a Warming World: Climate Change and Health; 2) Health Equity: Vulnerability and Resilience; 3) What Gets Better: Co-benefits of Mitigation and Adaptation.


The online certificate is designed to allow working professionals to balance Yale coursework with their careers. Each week students will spend approximately five hours working on the course by viewing video-based lectures and participating in real-time, faculty-led discussion groups. Faculty are from YSPH, the CDC, and George Mason University.


“We look forward to launching this online program and training the first cohort of professionals. Climate change is a looming threat to human health and the Yale School of Public Health is committed to providing the training needed to address it,” said Professor Robert Dubrow, M.D., Ph.D., faculty director of the Climate Change and Health Certificate.


Yale’s certificate is designed for a range of professionals, including state and local public health workers, clinicians and other health care professionals, policymakers, environmental health professionals, advocates and government officials.


The cost for the certificate is $1,500, while a single six-week course is $695. Tuition scholarships are available as well as tuition discounts for those working in public health agencies and/or involved in public health membership groups.


This program offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit will be offered as this activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™.


To learn more visit or contact



Graduate Programs in Public Health at UCONN


M.P.H. Degree at UCONN

UConn has offered a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) degree since 1984. An MPH is awarded upon satisfactory performance in 16 courses, 48 credits, distributed among the program’s required, elective, experiential and culminating requirements. Full-time students can complete the program in 2 years; part-time students will require 4 years. A full description can be found in the Program Handbook.pdf



PhD in Public Health

The Ph.D. in Public Health is a full-time program, requiring students to register for at least three courses (9 credits) each semester to maintain their full-time status (unless the student has a 20-hour per week graduate assistantship, in which case two courses or six credits per semester qualifies as full-time status). This is a substantial commitment of time and effort; one that’s necessary for timely completion of your degree.  Our program opened in 2007, and, as of fall 2017, 19 students have been awarded the Ph.D., and we currently have 11 students in the program.

Doctoral education occurs through both required and elective coursework along with research undertaken under the auspices of your major advisor and advisory committee. We are a 60-credit program, consisting of 45 (15 courses) in coursework and 15 in dissertation research.  You, your major advisor, and your committee together develop the plan-of-study that will reflect your interests and abilities to engage in public health scholarship.


FastTrack B.A./B.S.-M.P.H. Program for Undergraduates

The UConn Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program offers a FastTrack (4+1 B.A./B.S.-M.P.H.) option for qualified undergraduate students,  allowing them to complete their bachelor’s degrees in any UConn-approved discipline and the MPH degree within 5 years of their initial matriculation as undergraduates.


Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health (CFPH) – This is a 12-credit certificate course that introduces students to the core disciplines of public health.  


Online Certificate in Disability Studies in Public Health  This 12-credit graduate level course of studies is offered entirely online.


Online Certificate in Addiction Science (CAS) – This certificate covers essential topics in addiction science. The four online courses are appropriate for MPH and doctoral students, as well as post-docs. It is also appropriate for those in training for professions like psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, medicine, allied health, and sociology, public policy, and those currently practicing their professions.


Contact Barbara Case at 860-679-1503 or to learn how to apply and for more information about any of the programs or certificates we have to offer.


Please join us in welcoming our incoming public health students at our New Student Convocation and Reception on Wednesday, August 22nd at 5 pm. To be held at UConn Health, Building 195, Suite U3071A, 195 Farmington Avenue, Farmington.  We are honored to have State Senator Doug McCrory, Democratic Deputy President Pro Tempore. Katherine Kuzmeskas, MPH, an UConn alumna will also be a featured speaker. Katherine is the founder and CEO of SimplyVital Health. Natalie Moore, MD will serve as our current student speaker. Dr. Moore provided much needed medical and humanitarian assistance to island residents while also trying to juggle her MPH class responsibilities. Dr. Moore is the first International Disaster Emergency Medicine Fellow at UConn. Please RSVP to on or before August 20th, 2018.



Click on each Job Listing to learn more.


Job Posting


Health Program Assistant 1 (35 Hour) – State of CT DPH


7/10/2018 11:59:00 PM

Health Program Assistant 1 (40 Hour) - The Office of Health Strategy


7/9/2018 11:59:00 PM

Nurse Consultant (Public Health) (35 Hour) - Department of Public Health, Facility Licensing and Investigations Section


7/10/2018 11:59:00 PM



Durational Project Manager (Public Health Initiatives- Community, Family Health & Prevention) – State of CT - DPH

7/4/2018 11:59:00 PM



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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