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CPHA Newsletter - June 2014
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CPHA was awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Public Health Association (APHA) to fund a policy development and educational project to advance strategic partnerships between public health, housing and land-use planning professionals. The goal of this project is to address health inequities attributable to the built environment by developing an Action Plan for Housing and the Health Gap. CPHA will partner with the CT Department of Public Health (CT DPH) and its Healthy Homes Initiative and the CT Association of Directors of Health (CADH) to 1) identify and educate at least three new partner groups about the link between housing and health equity; 2) host a breakout session on health and housing at the CPHA Annual Meeting; 3) conduct a media campaign to highlight the need for policy development in housing, land use planning, and health equity; and 4) host a Housing and Health summit. The project will run through February, 2015. If you or your organization would like to be involved, contact Francesca Provenzano at

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CPHA’s Advocacy Committee experienced successes and disappointments during this legislative session. Under the leadership of Colleen O’Connor (Chair), Kelly Rago (Co-Chair), and Noele Kidney (Project Coordinator), the Committee saw the passage of several bills in our priority areas of Prevention, Public Health infrastructure and Environmental Health. Thank you to all CPHA members who contacted legislators regarding our priority bills! Please see below for legislative updates on specific bills.


SB 24 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR’S RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND YOUTH SMOKING PREVENTION – this bill which bans sales of electronic nicotine devices to minors passed and was signed into law by the Governor as PA - 14-76.

CPHA participated in a press conference on Monday April 7th, in support of the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act of 2014 with co-sponsors of the bill, Senator Blumenthal and Representative Esty. Kathi Traugh spoke for CPHA.

Public Health Infrastructure

SB 5528-AN ACT CONCERNING ESSENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES— this bill requires local health departments to provide ten essential public health services as a condition for receiving certain state funding. This bill passed and is awaiting transmission to the Governor. CABOH submitted testimony in support of this bill on behalf of CABOH/CPHA.

Environmental Health: Safe and Healthy CT Coalition Update

SB 126 -- AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDREN'S EXPOSURE TO CHEMICALS would have required DPH to identify chemicals potentially harmful to children and report to the Public Health Committee concerning such chemicals. The bill was passed out of the Public Health Committee with a Joint Favorable Substitute but died on the Senate Calendar. CPHA’s Advocacy Committee and Immediate Past-President, Tracey Scraba submitted written testimony in favor of the bill. CPHA’s Project Coordinator also testified in person. Testimony can be read here and here.

CPHA participated in a press conference and rally with the Safe and Healthy CT Coalition at the Capitol on April 25th. A letter to the Editor submitted by Noele Kidney was published in the Journal Inquirer and an OpEd submitted by Dr. Karim Ahmed (Professor of Environmental Medicine at UCONN) was published in the New Haven Register. Dr. Ahmed’s OpEd received a response which was printed and brought more attention to the issue.

HB 5354 - AN ACT CONCERNING CHEMICALS OF HIGH CONCERN TO CHILDREN - this bill is identical to SB 126 above, but originated in the Children’s Committee. CPHA’s Advocacy Committee submitted written testimony in support of this bill. Immediate Past-President, Tracey Scraba, and Advocacy Intern, Roberto Henry, also submitted testimony. This bill died in committee.

HB 5305 -AN ACT CONCERNING CADMIUM LEVELS IN CHILDREN'S JEWELRY – this bill, which delayed the enactment date of current cadmium level restrictions by two years and created a task force to study the safety threshold levels of cadmium in children's jewelry passed and was signed into law as PA-14-140. CPHA Advocacy Committee submitted testimony in support of this bill.

SB 316 - AN ACT REQUIRING THE LABELING OF FOOD PRODUCTS THAT ARE PACKAGED IN MATERIALS THAT CONTAIN BISPHENOL-A. - this bill, which would provide information that will allow consumers to avoid the purchase and consumption of products that contain the chemical Bisphenol-A, passed out of the Environment Committee but later died in the Public Health Committee. CPHA submitted testimony in support of this bill.

Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT Update

Sadly, the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT’s priority bill SB 126 AAC Children’s Exposure to Chemicals was never called for a vote in either the Senate or House before the May 7th deadline. Thank you to all of the CPHA members who took the time to call their lawmakers to ask them to support the bill. Despite a disappointing finish, the Coalition was thrilled that 47 lawmakers signed on to co-sponsor the bill – your calls helped make that happen! The issue of protecting children from chemicals known to harm health continues to gain momentum despite the millions of dollars being spent by the Chemical and Toy Industries to foil our efforts, and the Coalition enjoyed success in the following areas:

  • Growing and strengthening the Coalition, with the addition of several new groups, including ConnFACT, the Latino Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, the Asian American Affairs Commission, and many new activists;
  • Organizing dozens of presentations around the state to educate people on this issue;
  • New support of Kristina Leigh Copeland and Brown Saddle Films along with many new friends in southwestern CT;
  • An enhanced relationship with the producer of "Unacceptable Levels" Ed Brown to raise awareness on chemicals in our lives;
  • Gaining the attention of Governor Malloy’s office – we delivered thousands of signatures to the Governor in support of SB 126 and held positive and productive meeting with the Governor’s policy staff;
  • True bipartisan support of our bill with Democrats and Republicans co-sponsoring the bill; and
  • A commitment from former UCONN men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun to continue working with us as we plan for the next Legislative Session.

Please contact Advocacy Chair, Colleen O’Connor at to join the advocacy committee.

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jose Montero, Director of the Division of Public Health Services, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Past-President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) will be our keynote speaker. As ASTHO President, Dr. Montero’s challenge to the nation’s top health officers was titled To Advance the Reintegration of Public Health and Healthcare. His President’s Challenge was built off of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health, and the strategic map developed by a collaboration of ASTHO, the IOM, and key public health and primary care leaders. Dr. Montero emphasizes the need to take a systems approach to healthcare transformation to achieve lasting improvements in population health.

Save the Date!Public Health and Healthcare: Building on Our Past, Evolving for the FutureFriday, October 17, 2014, at the CoCo Key Resort in Waterbury. Early bird registration will open this summer.

Be a sponsor, exhibitor or advertiser for this year’s program! There is no better way to reach out to the public health community in our state. Our rates are a true value. For more information, contact our coordinator, Melissa Touma at or check the CPHA Annual Meeting webpage.

The CPHA Program Planning Committee meets by phone every two weeks on Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm.  If you are interested in joining the Committee and assisting with the conference preparations, please contact Barbara Dingfelder via e-mail: Stay tuned for information regarding the conference speakers and the various sessions.

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The next HEC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

Planned speakers are:

  • Charles Brown, Children's Center for Community Research , Topic TBD
  • Rasy Mar, UConn School of Medicine, Topic TBD

New! Members can attend in person at or by telephone. Meetings are held at the State of CT Department of Transportation located at 2800 Berlin Turnpike in Newington. When entering from the Berlin Turnpike, you will be directed around to the large parking lot in the back. The main entrance is from the lot – see the revolving doors.

Please contact Molika Chea ( to be placed on the mailing list.

CPHA’s Health Education Committee (HEC) always welcomes new members. For more information, please email the CPHA Health Education Committee at

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The CPHA Mentoring Organization Registry (MOR) conducted a survey in April and May of 2014 following National Public Health Week activities to determine the extent of participation of our members, high schools and undergraduates, and the need for training and materials to implement these activities.

Survey Highlights:

  • Over 94% reported that their organization participated in public health activities during National Public Health Week. In total, 1698 students were reached through activities during the week. A HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) activity, led by Susan Troupe of Brookfield High School drew the largest number of students with a school-wide health fair in that town.
  • According to respondents, the most popular activity reported by MOR members during NPHW was being a guest speaker, independently or as part of a panel. Other activities included participation in a health fair, CPHA Student Advocacy Day at the Capitol and a teen violence prevention activity.
  • High school students were the educational group most frequently reached by MOR members.
  • Over 76% used MOR materials, with 47% reporting that the materials were very helpful, 18% reporting somewhat helpful, and 11% stating that the materials would be very helpful with training.
  • MOR survey respondents reached students with public health activities and presentations in at least 15 communities across the state: Danbury, East Hartford, Easton/Redding (Region 9), Hartford, Manchester, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, Oxford, North Haven, Newtown, Prospect/Beacon Falls (Region 16) Southbury/Middlebury (Region 15), Waterbury, Wallingford, up from 13 reported in the fall 2013 survey of the MOR.

Click here to see the full report or contact Cyndi Billian Stern ( Pamela Kilbey-Fox (

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Annamarie Beaulieu was recently named Director of Academic Administration at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. In this role, she is responsible for Continuing Medical Education, Pediatric Fellowship programs, Academic Affairs administration for Connecticut Children’s and for the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine.

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The Healthy Connecticut 2020 State Health Improvement Plan, released in March 2014, provides a roadmap for improving the health of all Connecticut residents by the end of this decade. The Connecticut Department of Public Health is holding Webinars on each of the 7 Focus Areas in the Plan, highlighting objectives selected for Phase 1 implementation (Years 1-3). Registration is open to all whose businesses or organizations have a stake in health and public health. Students are welcome. CHES and CPH CEUs are available. All Webinars are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the dates specified below. All webinars are accessible on demand via



June 26, 2014: HEALTH SYSTEMS

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The CABOH section would like to share the following updates:

Interested in a career in Public Health Nursing at the Connecticut Department of Public Health?

Check here to see examples of skills, experience and qualifications needed:

Check the DPH website regularly for job postings:

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The Graduate Programs in Public Health would like to invite you to enroll in a public health class at the University of Connecticut as a non-degree student this Fall. Registration is currently open for the semester which runs from August 25- December 12, 2014. Please contact Morgan Spencer at if you are interested in enrolling.

The following course offerings are available:

PUBH 5430-F40 Public Health Informatics (3 cr.)
An overview of the basic information skills required to clarify a health-related information need and identify and use appropriate information resources to select materials that answer that need. The course will include discussions of health-related networks and information resources, demonstrations of their appropriate use, class exercises and a semester project. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Instructor: Hongjie Wang 860-679-4053
Date/Time: Monday, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, 8/25/14 - 12/8/14
Location: Farmington, Library, Computer Education Center, PC1

PUBH 5432-F40 SAS Programming and Data Management (3 cr.)
Focuses on SAS programming to introduce the most commonly used features of the language, including data definition, modification and organization; data manipulation and selection; data display and basic data analysis using descriptive statistics. Students also learn to create datasets using data entry or importing from other programs. Enrollment limit: 15.
Instructor: Deborah Paturzo 860-679-5481
Date/Time: Wednesday, 2:00 - 5:00 PM, 8/27/14 - 12/10/14
Location: Farmington, Library, Computer Education Center, PC2 & PC3

PUBH 5434- F40 Topics in Intermediate Biostatistics (3 cr.)
An introduction to the interplay of experimental design and data analysis. Begins with a review of statistical estimation and testing. Topics include analysis of variance, linear regression, and power analysis. Applications are emphasized through the demonstration and use of statistical software.
Instructor: Joe Burleson 860-679-5483
Date/Time: Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, 8/28/14 - 12/11/14
Location: Farmington, Library, Computer Education Center, PC2-PC3

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