October | 2021


Organizational health literacy refers to an organization’s commitment and ability to share accessible and digestible information with the public. This means information is easy to locate, understand, and use to help individuals make health-related decisions for themselves and others. 

HES recognizes that organizations play a major role in sharing information for different health literacy levels in honor of Health Literacy Month. To learn more, read about the 10 Attributes of a Health Literate Health Care Organization. 


(LOB= Legislative Office Building) 

  • The Connecticut General Assembly will likely not meet again until the regular legislative session begins in February 2022. Stay tuned for our 2022 Policy Agenda! 

Have a question? Please  reach out.  

  • Come & join the Health Equity for the People by the People coalition for the final training of 2021: Mock Public Hearing on November 4th from 6:00-7:00 PM. The coalition includes CT Students for a Dream, Health Equity Solutions, Ministerial Health Fellowship, & Make the Road CT.

 Click here to register & watch previous trainings!

  • We have wrapped up our annual listening sessions! HES conducted nine listening sessions & an online survey assessment to inform our 2022 legislative agenda. Thank you to all attendees & those who shared event details!

For more details: https://www.hesct.org/blog/health-equity-solutions-2021-listening-sessions/  

  • Our work on race, ethnicity, and language data standardization continues. See a recent letter to the federal COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force outlining how the federal government can support states in this work. 
  • Learn about the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) and the inequitable impact of air pollution on communities of color and low-income individuals in a webinar discussion on October 27th, 2021, at 6:00 PM.

Register Here: What is TCI? A Conversation on the Transportation Climate Initiative and Health Equity

  • On Friday, October 22, the Data with Dignity: People Behind the Numbers Symposium's workshop "Addressing Culture, Race, Ethnicity, Language and Accessibility: What Are We Waiting For?" included Tekisha D. Everette, Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions.

To view: https://livestream.com/accounts/22723452/dcpsymposium.


If you are having an event and would like HES to partner, please email us at info@hesct.org.

  • The Citadel of Love is hosting a free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Hartford on October 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Food will be provided. See below for more information. 
  • Learn more about what the 2020 Census, the Wellbeing Survey, and other federal and state agency data say about trends and quality of life in each of Connecticut’s 169 towns. https://www.ctdatahaven.org/reports/connecticut-town-equity-reports  
  • CDC issued an urgent health advisory to increase COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant, who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future to prevent serious illness, deaths, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. For more information https://bit.ly/2WmAjAU  

  • Thank you to our team & COVID canvassers! (See Below)  


HES is a non-profit organization located in Connecticut. Our mission is to promote policies, programs, and practices that result in equitable access to health care, increased quality in the delivery of health care, and improved health outcomes for Connecticut residents. 

Please join the HES team in wishing Happy Birthday this month to our Director of Training and Outreach, Kevin Collins! 


HES’ final book of the year will be Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo. Please read along and send your reading ideas for 2022 to info@hesct.org.


Health Equity Solutions
53 Oak Street | Hartford, Connecticut 06106
860.461.7637 | info@hesct.org

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