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.

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.

COVID-19 Community Support

HHC community health workers provide direct community outreach, COVID-19 education and on-site COVID-19 vaccinations. HHC’s COVID-19 initiatives are targeted to the unique needs of the Hispanic community to promote healthy behaviors and information.

Program Offerings Include:

  • COVID-19 group and individual education
  • Coordination of resources for individuals requiring quarantine
  • Vaccine administration
  • Vaccine appointment assistance
  • Community canvassing to encourage vaccination
  • Social media campaigns to promote information and dispel misinformation

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

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.

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

STD Clinic

The STD clinic offers free and confidential testing, and education on prevention strategies to under-served, under-insured and uninsured individuals.

The clinic goals:

  • Reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections among minorities and disenfranchised populations.
  • Make available STD testing services to persons with economic or other access problems to secure accurate and reliable testing results.
  • Connect patients with appropriate medical care services.
  • Provide high quality and person-centered care.

Located at the New Haven site, this is a HIPAA compliant, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waivered lab which only tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia, Hepatitis C and HIV. The clinic is overseen by a nurse and works closely with the New Haven Health Department STD Clinic and the State of Connecticut Laboratory for the processing of specimens. Specimens are drawn by appointment only.

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

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.