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With our partner, the Connecticut Health Foundation, Connecticut Public Radio's Health Equity and Access Project strives to create awareness about Health Access and advance Health Equity among Connecticut residents, businesses, the educational community, the health care sector, community leaders, and policymakers.As the only statewide public radio station, Connecticut Public Radio has the flexibility and resources to educate Connecticut residents about health disparities through in-depth reporting, hour-long programs, and community events.Visit the Connecticut Health Foundation at cthealth.org.

How Healthy Is Connecticut?

Steve Honigfeld
Our third Health Equity panel discussions was held at CPBN's Chase Family studios.

Our third Health Equity Forum is a project we’ve been working on for a few years now with our partners at Connecticut Health Foundation, exploring the idea of health equity in Connecticut. How do we make sure that everyone has the best possible health outcomes regardless of race, regardless of how much money you have?

It’s a tricky issue for policy makers, which is why we’re so glad to have as the basis for our conversation a new set of information called the Connecticut Health Care Survey. Six organizations came together to put out this report, which is drawn from some 5400 households interviewed. 

What does it tell us? One of the major themes is that even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there’s still a long way to go for everyone in our state to get the access they need. That’s because of cost, but also information, cultural barriers, and just simple communication.

We also find out what the survey says about the health of our children. We talk with researchers and health care experts, and hear the stories of Connecticut residents, asking, how healthy is Connecticut?


  • Jack Hoadley - Georgetown Health Policy Institute analyst
  • Jeanette Ickovics - Yale School of Public Health Professor of Epidemiology and of Psychology; Director, Community Alliance for Research & Engagement (CARE)
  • Rev. Dr. Shelley Best - President and CEO of the Conference of Churches 
  • Lisa Honigfeld - Children’s Fund of Connecticut and author of children’s policy brief. Vice President for Health Initiatives, Child Health and Development Institute 
  • Evelyn Richardson - Mother and community advocate/organizer in Hartford’s Clay Arsenal neighborhood
  • Dr. Robert Zavoski - Pediatrician and Medical Director of the Connecticut Department of Social Services and past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Connecticut chapter  

This show originally aired on May 27, 2014.

Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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