"The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story."  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian author and feminist advocate

Internalized racism is the acceptance of negative stereotypes or beliefs by the stigmatized group about their own race. It is one of the four levels of racism that represents a multidimensional construct, distinct from racial discrimination. It includes belief in a biased representation of history (acceptance of distorted historical facts that favor the White majority), internalization of negative stereotypes (accepting the negative stereotypes about one's own race), and alteration of physical appearance (an individual’s conscious or unconscious desire/ attempts to change their appearance to fit a Eurocentric aesthetic including perceptions of hair). (Sage Journal)

  • Governor Ned Lamont called a special session for the Connecticut General Assembly on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, to discuss vital legislation, including moving the presidential primary from late April to early April to align with national trends. Both chambers of the General Assembly approved legislation moving Connecticut’s primary date up to the first Tuesday in April. Lawmakers also voted overwhelmingly for a bill that authorizes and funds elections monitor for Bridgeport, in response to the unfolding Bridgeport absentee-ballot investigation.

  • The general election will be on November 7, 2023. For important voter information, please click here.


With support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, we are excited to offer two free community workshops on local voting! See below for more information.

  • Hartford Residents! Fill out the Get Out The Vote Pledge Card and pledge to vote for #HealthEquity this election! The card includes space/opportunity for you to indicate what voting for health equity means to you, a pledge to vote for health equity in the upcoming Hartford Municipal election, and information on voter registration and status. As a health equity voter, you pledge to take action on health equity by LEARNING candidates' positions, RAISING HEALTH EQUITY at candidate forums, and RECRUITING other health equity voters. 

  • The US government is reviving its free Covid-19 home test program, allowing households to order four tests from Covidtests.gov starting September 25. 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.
  • Stay informed as states resume Medicaid eligibility determinations, signaling the end of the pandemic-related "Medicaid continuous coverage" requirement. This change started on April 1, 2023, and continues to impact millions of individuals. Despite preparations, coverage losses are increasing, even for those still eligible. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' (CBPP) Unwinding Watch provides crucial data and policy updates from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and across the country.
  • 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.

HES Spotlight

Jennifer Baril, Director of Fund Development


We're thrilled to welcome Jennifer Baril, our new Director of Fund Development, to the team. With 25 years of fundraising experience in education, healthcare, and mental health, Jennifer brings a wealth of expertise and passion to her role at Health Equity Solutions.

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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