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"Closing the healthcare gap"

Addressing the root causes and impacts of healthcare disparities to create equitable health. Closing the health gap is critical to creating a fairer, more just society. 




Click to review our 2024 Policy Priorities

Session Updates

  • The Senate and the House of Representatives are in session and working to pass bills before the legislative session ends on May 8th. 
  • Our bill, H.B 5320: An Act Concerning Hospital Financial Assistance was referred to the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and was voted out favorably. Thank you to all of the committee members who voted favorably on it! We hope to see it come up for a vote in the House and Senate before the end of the legislative session, but we need your help! Keep reading to see how you can support the passage of H.B 5320.  




Thank you for celebrating #HEW2024 with us! We extend our gratitude to the advocates, allies, elected officials, and community members who lent their voices, passion, and time to our collective advocacy! As we approach the end of the 2024 Legislative Session, let's keep the momentum. Here are some actions you can take today to push Connecticut, including our legislators, to eliminate medical debt for CT residents!

Find a full recap on our website! 

A detailed recap of our #HEW2024 events is now live on our website! Find event highlights, news articles, recordings, pictures, resources, and more!

🎉 Congratulations, Senator Marilyn Moore and Rosana G. Ferraro!

Congratulations Rosana G. Ferraro, recipient of the Patricia Baker Award for Advocacy in Health Equity, and Senator Marilyn Moore recipient of the Racial Justice Advocacy Award. We are honored to share this space with you. 

The Patricia Baker Award for Health Equity Advocacy represents excellence in policy advocacy to advance systems-level change to promote health equity in Connecticut. The Racial Justice Advocacy Award honors individuals, legislators, and organizations dedicated to fostering awareness and advocacy for racial and social justice, encompassing diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. 




HES is Hiring! Come Join Our Team!

We're excited to announce two new positions:
➡️ Senior Manager of Social Enterprise - Policy
➡️ Senior Community Engagement Manager
If you are interested in community organizing, health policy, and anti-racist activism, APPLY TODAY!
Learn more here.

We hope to onboard new hires by mid to late June 2024.

NEW Blog Post on Housing & Health Equity!

Our Training and Outreach Program Manager, Namandje Wali, recently published a new blog in collaboration with Partnership for Strong Communities exploring the intersection between housing and health equity! We are excited to share it with you. Read the full post here. Congratulations Namandje! 

"Building Healthy Communities: Exploring the Intersection of Housing & Health Equity: "We must advocate for the implementation of equitable housing policies conscientiously designed to support the diverse needs of our communities while directly challenging the embedded structural biases that we live within." - Namandje Wali, Health Equity Solutions

NEW Op-Ed on Hospital Financial Assistance!

Ichchha Pradhan, our Policy and Advocacy Manager, recently published an op-ed on hospital financial assistance and the path to health access! Congratulations Ichchha! Read the full story here and learn how you support H.B. 5320: An Act Concerning Hospital Financial Assistance! 

Tackling Medical Debt: A Path to Equity and Health Access: "As an international student, there was an unspoken pact among us, if you ever find yourself in need of medical help, do not call an ambulance—call an Uber. The reason? The fear of getting a medical bill you couldn’t pay, even with student health insurance"  - Ichchha Pradhan, Health Equity Solutions

HES Advantage: We are ready to meet your equity goals!

The HES Advantage is an extension of Health Equity Solutions that offers customizable, equitable consulting, facilitation, and training services to agencies, healthcare systems, and communities with a race-forward approach. 




Upcoming Events:

In Community: A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones

Join Fairfield County's Community Foundation on Thursday, May 2nd, for another session in their Community Speakers Series featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones. Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Domestic correspondent at The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark The 1619 Project, now an Emmy Award-Winning Hulu original docuseries. Register here.


Connecticut Health Foundation's 25th Anniversary Celebration!

The Connecticut Health Foundation turns 25 this year. Join them to hear from Connecticut and national leaders as we celebrate and look ahead! Keynote Speaker: Linda Villarosa, journalist and author of Under The Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on Health in America. Register here




Stay informed about the latest developments in health equity, social determinants of health, racial justice, and more! Every week, we feature relevant news articles and reports on our social media. Check out a few highlights below:


Made it this far? Thank you so much for reading our updates! We appreciate your support. If you have any questions, please email info@hesct.org.


HES Team

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

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