Guide to State Policy for Health Equity


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Connecticut's Path to Equity: Guide to State Policy for Health Equity

In partnership with advocates across the state, HES compiled “Connecticut's Path to Equity: A Guide to State Policy for Health Equity” to provide a clear roadmap for candidates, voters, and concerned residents who want to make equity our reality.

Research and experience tell us the greatest barriers to achieving health equity for all people in Connecticut are rooted in the impacts of racism on health. The state of Connecticut and over 20 of its towns declared racism a public health crisis. Now, how do we continue to address this crisis? How can state policy be intentional in dismantling racism? This guide lays out a path to equity through state policy change.

The guide calls on us to advance:

  • Anti-racist structures
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Access
  • Affordability
  • Economic stability
  • Opportunities to be healthy

Each section includes an introductory explanation of what the terms mean and why they are important to advancing health equity. Policy recommendations follow these introductions and link to evidence and Connecticut organizations working on these policies.

Together, we stand in support of “Connecticut's Path to Equity: A Guide to State Policy for Health Equity” and the policies it outlines. Collectively, we will work to dismantle racism and construct health equity in Connecticut. We invite you to join us.

Guide to State Policy for Health Equity Webinar

Join us: Guide to State Policy for Health Equity Webinar! Hear from Connecticut advocates about the guide & how you can take action. Register TODAY to join us via Zoom & Facebook on Wednesday, September 28th from 1:00 PM -2:00 PM.

Join over 50 organizations that have signed on in solidarity!

It’s not too late. Reach out to Harley Webley at hwebley@hesct.org to add your organization's name!

If you cannot sign on now, please know we are listening and would welcome any feedback to incorporate in the next iteration of CT’s Path to Equity. Please reach out!

  • Download the PDF version here.
  • Download the HTML version, and screen reader accessible version here.

HES strives to ensure our products are accessible to all CT residents! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to share any concerns/challenges. We are listening and welcome feedback!

Thank you to the following for signing on in solidarity!

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These organizations include:

Advocacy to Legacy, Inc; CARE Community Alliance for Research and Engagement; Civic Mind; Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAANH); Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG); Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc.; Connecticut Nurses Association; Connecticut Oral Health Initiative (COHI); Connecticut Voices for Children; Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF); CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence; CT Association for Community Action (CAFCA); CT Black Women; Earth's Natural Touch: Birth Care & Beyond; End Hunger Connecticut!; Every Woman Connecticut (EWCT); Free Center; Greater Hartford Legal Aid; Health Equity Solutions; Hispanic Health Council; Khmer Hispanic Federation Connecticut; Health Advocates; March of Dimes; Mental Health Connecticut; Middlesex County NAACP Branch Unit 2018-B; Moral Monday CT; National Association of Social Workers (NASW), CT Chapter; New Haven Healthy Start; New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.; Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union; Partnership for Strong Communities; PATH CT; Planned Parenthood of Southern New England; Primary Maternity Care; Pro-Choice Connecticut; PT Partners; Save the Sound; SEE (Solidarity Equity Education) CT; SoliDarity; Southeastern Connecticut Organization for Racial Equity (SCORE); Southwestern AHEC, Inc.; The Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity, and Opportunity; The CT Association of School-Based Health Centers; The CT Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coalition; The Hartford Times; Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut; Yoga in Our City; YWCA Hartford Region.