February | 2021


Doula: a trained nonmedical pregnancy partner and educator who supports (physically, emotionally, nutritionally, and logistically) expecting parents before, during, and after birth. During birth, a doula is a bridge between the family and medical team, advocating to uphold the plans and wishes of the family. In the postpartum, a doula continues their support to ensure the overall family unit, the newborn, and recovering parent are thriving. The intention of the doula relationship is to physically and/or virtually tap into and develop a birthing parent's inherent power to make decisions for the well-being of themselves and their family. 


(LOB= Legislative Office Building)


We’re about 1/3 of the way through the 2021 legislative session. HES testimony is regularly updated here where you can also find our policy agenda. To date we have testified on health insurance affordability, postpartum coverage, and telehealth. Interested in a specific policy and didn’t receive our recent policy update? Or have a question? Please reach out.


The Governor released his proposed Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Biennial Budget; see the budget address here. HES and our partners will be testifying at the Appropriations Public Hearing on the proposed budget for Human Services Agencies on March 3.




  • Save the date: The week of April 4-10 is Health Equity Week. Stay tuned for details about events and ways to participate! 
  • A recording of the OHS Consumer Advisory Council & Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity, Our Community, Our Voices: Enhancing Medical, Behavioral Health and Housing Services for LGBTQ Youth can be found here
  • Recordings of our 2-part webinar series on Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis can be found here. If you would like your town to make this declaration, materials are available here or reach out for support.


  • HES has organized issue-focused coalitions for several of our priorities—want to get involved? Please follow this newsletter or visit our website.
  • Interested in hosting a vaccine outreach event for faith or education-based organizations? Email us. Learn more about this work in Governor Lamont’s announcement
  • HES is pledging to be all in #ForHealthEquity in partnership with Creating Healthier Communities for #GivingDay on March 11. This is an opportunity to provide support concerning the long-term health and wellbeing of our communities.
    For more information please click here


In 2021, HES Staff will read a book per quarter for a total of 4 books:

Permission To Feel by Marc Brackett

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts

Fragmented Democracy by Jamila Michener

Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo


We have expanded our organization with a new office location.

Our new address is:

53 Oak Street
Hartford CT 06106

Please update your records with our new address. Our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same, as will our website address and social media accounts. Our new office space offers us the opportunity to better serve our mission and work with our valuable partners. We look forward to continuing our work with you at our new location.

Feel free to contact us with any questions


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

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