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 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.

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.