May | 2021


Self-identification centers the autonomy of individuals by offering each person an opportunity to choose the category that they feel best describes their identity. Self-identification is important in the collection of race, ethnicity, and language (REL) data. With self-identification, an individual reserves both the option to share their identity and the right to decline to answer. What does this look like in practice? Asking a patient to select their race, ethnicity, or preferred language rather than having a provider fill in a form without the patient’s input. 


(LOB= Legislative Office Building)

On May 18, Senate Bill 1 was voted out of the Senate with bipartisan support! Congratulations and thank you for all your work to make this happen! Senate Bill 1 takes critical steps towards health equity by standardization of race, ethnicity, and language (REL) data collection, declaring racism a public health crisis, creating a commission to address the impacts of racism on health, and defining the doula profession, among others. A HUSKY eligibility limit increase was included in the draft budget but did not go as far as we had hoped. The legislative session ends on June 9; so, we are in the final stretch! HES testimony is here. Have a question? Please reach out

In our last newsletter, we shared our thoughts about a draft plan to distribute federal funding. Recently, we sent this letter to legislators, asking that budget negotiations center equity. What would that look like? Funding the community health worker program with plans for sustainability beyond the recovery period, expanding broadband access, and including health and human services in a one-stop website for state-run services.

  • Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut and Health Equity Solutions held a virtual press conference in support of S.B. 1, which can be viewed here. Have a question? Please reach out
  • If you would like your town to declare racism a public health crisis, materials are available here, or reach out for support. 
  • This month: Meriden declared racism a health crisis: “Just a step in a much-needed journey we need to take, hopefully, together,” said Mayor Kevin Scarpati.  
  • If your faith-based or education-focused organization is interested in hosting a #COVID vaccine event, please email for more information. To register to attend a COVID 19 vaccine webinar, click here
  • Health Equity Solutions released a “path to health equity” to show clear and achievable policy steps towards health equity; please take a look and let us know what you think.

Health Equity Solutions and Premier Consulting, in partnership with the State of Connecticut, continue to provide vital webinars to dispel the myths of the COVID 19 Vaccine and provide the opportunity for questions and answers.  We are now moving in the direction of door-to-door work to give members of the community informed information.

To date, we have reached over 35,000 people across the state; if you would like to have your webinar or engagement within your community, reach out to Ayesha Clarke at



Please join the HES team in recognizing our Policy and Advocacy Interns: Harley, Katharine (Kat), Katherine (Katie), & Kiara who have been a part of the HES team this year. With their tremendous contributions they have supported, HES's efforts to promote racial justice and equitable health care access, delivery, and outcomes for all Connecticut residents!


In 2021, HES staff are reading one book per quarter for a total of 4 books. 

Join us in future months:

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


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