April | 2022


Interpersonal racism describes negative actions and assumptions by one person towards other people due to bias, prejudice, or hate based on the race of those people. Interpersonal racism plays out in obvious and intentional ways—for example, racist slurs and referencing stereotypes—and through silent acts of exclusion.  

HES is committed to eliminating racism at all levels and recognizes the importance of focusing dialogue about interpersonal racism on addressing attitudes and behaviors rather than assuming these attitudes and behaviors to be a natural or defining characteristic of the person engaging in them.  

See: Talking about Anti-Racism and Health Equity: Discussing Racism for more information. 


Thank you for your continued advocacy! EVERY legislative issue on our 2022 policy agenda has passed out of committee! S.B. 476 takes critical steps towards strengthening hospital community benefit regulations. H.B. 5500 advances equitable access to doula care services by establishing a Doula Advisory Committee through the Department of Public Health to establish a doula certification process! Further, some additional coverage for undocumented children was included in the Appropriations Committee’s budget proposal (Page 122).  

The legislative session ends on May 4th; so, we are in the final stretch! HES’ testimony is regularly updated here. Have a question? Please reach out.  


LOTS to share this month. Please scroll to catch it all! 

The HES Advantage is Here!

The HES Advantage is an equity-driven training and consulting social enterprise that builds on the great work of Health Equity Solutions. It provides consultation services for diverse community-based organizations, agencies, health systems, providers, and educational institutions that include meeting planning and facilitation, equity-based training and workshops, and equity assessment and advising that will shape policy, programs, and practice. Health Equity Solutions was selected to participate in the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Social Enterprise Accelerator (SEA) program in partnership with the Sara Leonard Group and No Margin, No Mission.

Our goal is to raise $126,180. We can reach this with your help, in addition to a dollar-for-dollar match program of up to a total of $20,000 from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; we will get there in no time! Here is our outlined milestone timeline and what the start-up funds will cover: 


If you are interested in giving and would like more information about our enterprise, The HES Advantage, please email Kevin Collins at kcollins@hesct.org to set up a zoom or phone call. Here are the links to the Fast Pitch Slide Deck and our donor portal to donate to our start-up cost for The HES Advantage. Thank you, and we look forward to partnering with you!

CWCSEO Trainings: Sign up! 

The Hartford Times, Health Equity Solutions (HES), and the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity (CWCSEO) are teaming up to offer a series of trainings to community members. The trainings will be on racial equity, racial equity tools, and how these tools will be implemented in CT to combat bias in our state policies. These trainings are offered in English and Spanish at no cost to you thanks to generous support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and are open to all community members alongside legislators. Participants who complete all three trainings will receive a certification. Sign up: https://forms.office.com/r/4s2XqfdUg9 

Health Equity Week 2022

Thank you for joining Connecticut’s 4th annual Health Equity Week earlier this month! What was your takeaway from #HealthEquityWeek #HEW22? Let us know! Now that you’ve seen the #Path2Equity, don’t forget to share your thought with us ➡️ http://ow.ly/xc4V50IxrTv 

Thank you to our sponsors: Stanley Black & Decker; CARE Community Alliance for Research & Engagement; Connecticut Health Foundation; Connecticut Hospital Association; Southern Connecticut State University Department of Public Health; Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut; Webster Bank; Yale School of Public Health 

COVID Outreach 

We continue to partner with other organizations to provide COVID information and resources. We provided COVID test kits, hand sanitizer, COVID information flyers, and masks through our partnership. Pictured below, we tabled a Black Maternal Health Week event hosted by the Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The event was held at the Village for Families and Children.


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


Support Health Equity Solutions as we launch our newest product fundraiser! Mugs designed by HES staffers Harley Webley and Dashni Sathasivam. They collaborated and designed a beautiful logo that embodies HES and the "The Good Trouble" we love to get ourselves into. "Good Trouble" also pays homage to the late Civil Rights Activist John Lewis. 

It's the season of giving. Support HES for the Give Local

Today, Wednesday, 27th until 8 P.M support us on Give Local. It is a historic time for everyone in your community to GIVE BACK, GIVE TOGETHER AND GIVE MORE! You can learn more about the Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills and support our campaign here! #givelocalGWLH


 Support HES for the #GreatGive2022

Health Equity Solutions exists because we know that factors such as race, language, income, education, and location create barriers to a healthy life for many Connecticut residents. Donate to HES May 4th -5th during the Great Give® 2022 to help us ensure that every Connecticut resident can attain optimal health regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. 

The Black Futures Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is providing a matching pool of $15,000 to inspire giving to Black-led and Black-serving nonprofits like this one. All donations made to HES through The Great Give 2022 link until 8:00 p.m. on May 5 will receive a prorated portion of the match pool based on the number of unique donors.


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. 


HES wrapped up the first quarter of 2022 by completing our first book: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker. At Health Equity Solutions, we work to change programs, policies, and practices to promote health equity and address systemic racism. Because those conversations and the gatherings where they occur can be difficult, there is an even greater need to be purposeful. The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker offers a framework for creating events to meet our goals by defining and naming what we want to accomplish, creating clear expectations or methods for reaching those goals, and ensuring the meetings or gatherings have the right people at the table. 

In 2022, HES staff will read one book per quarter for a total of 4 books. Join us in future months: 

Q2: Black on Both Sides by C. Riley Snorton 

Q3: The Political Determinants of Health by Daniel E. Dawes  

Q4: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown 


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

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