“If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you recognize that your liberation and mine are bound up together, we can walk together.”

— Lila Watson, activist, academic, and visual artist.


Morbidity vs Mortality  

  • Morbidity is the state of having a specific illness or condition.

  • Mortality is the number of deaths caused by a specific event in a population.

Maternal health as an example:

  • Connecticut sees substantial and persistent disparities in maternal deaths by race and ethnicity.

  • Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than their white counterparts.

Disparities in healthcare treatment and experiences of racism contribute to negative birth outcomes AND Black people are disproportionately likely to lack access to care and/or have health insurance.


Your advocacy has been an essential part of progress over the last few years! As we enter the final month of 2023, we know our work is far from finished.

  • Click here to learn about our previous advocacy efforts and stay tuned for an update on our 2024 policy priorities!

The next state legislative session begins on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.

  • Open enrollment is here! Do you need health insurance for next year? Open enrollment through Access Health CT ends on January 15. Learn more at accesshealthct.com
  • We are grateful for the amazing turnout at the Turner Syndrome (TS) Awareness Walk & Get Out the Vote Health Fall Block Party hosted in partnership with Black, Beauty, and Butterflies! Thanks to our incredible partners and everyone who joined to support, raise awareness for Turner Syndrome, and celebrate local voting! See pictures from the event below! #TurnerSyndromeAwareness #GOTV
  • Earlier this month, Health Equity Solutions attended the launch event for Fairfield County's Black Maternal Health Initiative. We are excited to embark on a collaborative journey to embed equity and eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes alongside the Ministerial Health Fellowship, Doulas 4 Connecticut Coalition, the UConn Health Disparities Institute, Bridgeport Prospers, and Fairfield County's Community Foundation.

  • The US government revived its free Covid-19 home test program, allowing households to order four tests from Covidtests.gov. These tests, intended for use through the end of 2023, aim to address the increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States. Read more here.
  • We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to our newest team members, Kally Moquete, the Senior Manager of Policy and Outreach Intern, and Katia Ruesta-Daley. We look forward to their valuable contributions and collaboration as they join our team.

  • Congratulations to our Executive Director Ayesha Clarke! She was recently appointed by the Hartford Mayor-elect Arunan Arulampalam as co-chair of the Public Health Committee. Read more here

  • A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who supported us yesterday on Giving Tuesday! Charitable donations power our work to ensure that all policies support the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous, Latino/a, and other people of color residing in Connecticut. If you happened to miss Giving Tuesday and want to support Health Equity Solutions this holiday season, you can do so ANYTIME here: Donate – Health Equity Solutions (hesct.org) 

  • Are you a Waterbury resident? Are you passionate about disparities in healthcare among your fellow residents? Do you want to see your passion create needed positive change for your community? If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, Health Equity Solutions wants to invite you to participate in our Healthcare Equity Policy Academy. Enhance the magnitude and power of your voice. Waterbury needs you.


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

We look forward to supporting your organization or group's needs. For more information, please contact info@hesct.org


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

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