Open arms in times of need. The Hispanic Health Council helps people in Connecticut who are struggling with joblessness, health, violence, hunger and despair.

The Family Wellness & Prevention Services Department responds to unmet, preventable or mitigable health and social factors affecting minority populations living in the State of Connecticut. The Department provides comprehensive, and multi-system strategies through evidence-based, person-centered, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed interventions. The Department strategies are grounded in harm reduction, health promotion, peer education and home visitation services.

Family, Women & Children’s Programs

Comadrona Program

The goals of the Comadrona program are to improve pregnancy outcomes and, to reduce incidence of prematurity and low birth weight. To achieve these goals the program offers voluntary, culturally competent home visitation services, health education, and advocacy and support services to pregnant women, and their families.

Community Health Workers conduct comprehensive assessments, and care plans are developed in partnership with participants to address a wide range of needs, including health care, psychosocial health, educational, childcare, nutritional, and other social determinants of health impacting them.

Trained community health workers promote positive pregnancy outcomes and nutritional
support for both mother and baby during and after pregnancy. The program serves pregnant
women, infants, and children up to two years of age who reside in the Greater Hartford area.

Family Wellness Healthy Start (FWHS)

The FWHS is a federal program seeking to improve women’s and family health and wellness, reduce disparities in low birth weight and decrease the incidence of infant mortality among high risk women.

FWHS program intervention include the following:
• Promoting adequate prenatal care, and positive health habits
• Reducing barriers to healthcare coverage and access
• Enabling family’s empowerment
• Supporting and obtaining basic needs
• Promoting health education (nutrition, child’s well-care and safety, breastfeeding, SIDS, car-seat safety, psychosocial health)
• Promoting perinatal health

Stronger Families, Stronger Futures (SF2) Program

The goal of Stronger Families, Stronger Futures is to see every family succeed and support every child to develop emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically strong. It is a holistic home visitation program that focuses on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being. The program approach is strengths-based, family-centered and trauma-informed to enhance the social-emotional, physical, and financial wellbeing of children and families.

The program target families with children from prenatal to age 5 residing in the Greater Hartford and East of the River Region.

The program services include access to healthcare, mental health care, basic needs, health and nutrition education, child development screenings, positive parenting education, financial management and more.

Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program

The IAP program is a public health initiative ensuring that children, adolescents and adults are fully immunized as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC. The goal is to prevent disease, and disability from vaccine-preventable diseases in children, adolescents and adults.

The program is geared to the uninsured and underinsured families.

Program offerings include:

  • Education on infectious preventable diseases and vaccines facts and myths
  • Conduct immunization audits in clinical practices
  • Identify and connect children under-immunized with clinical providers
  • Maintains and distribute up-to-date vaccine information facts.

We serve Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Windsor, Middleton, and Meriden

Prevention Programs

Latino Violence Prevention Initiative

Violence is a very important public health issue due to its impact on the health and well-being of all populations. The purpose of the Latino Violence Prevention Initiative is to decrease risk factors in the community that may lead to intimate partner violence and to increase protective factors that prevent it. The program goal is to implement comprehensive strategies that address individual, and societal factors to stop violence before it begins.

The program target low-income, minority Latino families.

Program offerings include:

  • Education on positive, and healthy relationships, and promoting protective factors
  • Advocacy and support by empowering and teaching surviving skills to victims
  • Linkages to victims’ services

Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative

Human trafficking awareness is an initiative that offers public awareness and outreach to combat human trafficking in the city of Hartford. The program builds collaborations and partnerships to raise awareness and support services addressing human trafficking in Hartford hot-spot areas.

The program target low-income, minority Latino individuals.

Program offerings include:

  • Culturally appropriate education and awareness on trafficking indicators
  • Individualized mental health counseling to victims
  • Linkages to victims’ services

Chronic Diseases Intervention

Early Detection Breast Cancer Services & Support Group

The goal of this program is to increase awareness, improve access to diagnose and care and reduce the devastating effects of cancer. This program provides culturally appropriate health education information, about breast health and cancer early detection and survivors support group services.

The program targets low-income, underserved, under-insured and uninsured minority women, aged 40 years and older living in the Greater Hartford area. In partnership with Hartford HealthCare Mobile Mammography, we offer mammography services on-site.

Program offerings include:

  • Referrals to health care for clinical breast exams, mammograms and pap smears.
  • Mammography screenings on-site.
  • Follow-up services to ensure access and receipt of services.
  • DIVAS -survivor’s support group for Spanish-speaking Latina women.

DIALBEST (Diabetes Among Latinos Best Practices)

Dialbest is an evidence-based, person-centered, chronic disease management program. It is a community health worker-led structured intervention for improving glycemic control among individuals with Type 2 Diabetes.

The program targets low-income, minority Latino families.

Program offerings include:

  • Home-based, culturally tailored diabetes, and nutrition education, healthy habits and medical adherence.
  • Support in the areas of healthy nutrition, food access and compliance with medical visits.
  • Linkages to social services as needed.

Support Services

Mobile Employment Services (MES)

MES program is defined as services that assist an individual with obtaining employment using a person-centered approach. The program provides supported employment services to Latino individuals aged 18 and older, primarily Spanish-speaking, who are diagnosed with a substance use disorder, or co-occurring psychiatric disorder and substance use disorder and are unemployed or underemployed and residing in DMHAS (CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services) funded recovery houses, or half-way houses.

Program offerings include:

  • A comprehensive vocational profile assessment to examine each individual skills and abilities, employment and educational history, individuals’ aptitudes, and interests, and physical limitations.
  • Assistance with resume writing, completing applications, and interview presentation.
  • Job placement support by building relationships, and connections with potential employers, and identifying and educating employers on the benefits of employing individuals in recovery, and matching candidates with appropriate job opportunities.