We put the "unity" in "community."
HealthQuest Northeast Connecticut is a regional health and wellness partnership working to make northeastern Connecticut a healthier place to live, work, learn, and play. The coalition, formed in 2007, is coordinated by the Northeast District Department of Health and meets quarterly from 7:30 am to 9:30 am at NDDH.
2019 meeting dates are Wednesdays, January 30, April 24, July 31, and October 30. Additional meetings are held as needed.
Leadership Team partners include:
- The Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH)
- Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH)
- Eastern CT AHEC
- Generations Family Health Center
- Hale YMCA Youth & Family Center
- Northeast Opportunities for Wellness
- Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
- Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC)
- Senator Mae Flexer - 29th District
- Senior Resources Agency on Aging
- The Last Green Valley
- Town of Putnam Economic & Community Development
- United Services
- WINY Radio
Our successes include:
HealthQuest Leadership Team partners NDDH, Day Kimball Healthcare (with 1200+ employees), Generations Family Health Center, QVCC, and TEEG have all implemented and/or expanded smoke-free/tobacco-free policies for their organizations. Also, the towns of Putnam and Killingly have adopted smoke-free parks and outdoor spaces campaigns.
The WriteSteps School Walking Initiative
A 10-minute start-the-school-day-with-a walk-program. To maintain instructional time, students discuss an academic topic while on the walk and journal upon return to the classroom. The campaign has been introduced to more than 6,500 students in 13 area schools.
The Dr. Robert R. Johnston Community Garden in Putnam
A 150’ x 150’ community garden located at 41 Smith Street in Putnam and the home of “Hamelton” the Cabbage. Ground-breaking took place on June 21, 2012. Based on robust community response, plans are underway for expansion of the site.
TEEG Community Garden and Mobile Raised Garden Bed Campaign
TEEG broke ground on a community garden in June, 2013. HQ is collaborating with TEEG’s Youth Advisory Board and Tourtellotte Memorial High School technical education students to design, build, and place “portable” gardens at area senior centers, day care centers, businesses, and other community sites.
Killingly Community Garden
A partnership of HQ, the Killingly Agriculture Commission, Board of Ed, Windham Gardeners Guild and multiple community partners, this garden, located on the grounds of the former Killingly High School on Westfield Avenue, went from concept to ribbon-cutting in just 5 months!
Day Kimball Healthcare’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
This initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding.
Worksite Wellness Toolkit
An on-line worksite wellness toolkit developed by the NE CT Chamber of Commerce is available here.
Putnam Rivertrail “Storywalk”
An interactive story path for children and families that promotes walking and reading along a nearly one-mile stretch of the Putnam Rivertrail.
The Follow the Fifty: Models of Heart Health Campaign
To promote The Heart Truth ® Community Action Program, we launched a community counter-attack against heart disease - the number one killer of women. Nearly 130 women who work or live in northeastern Connecticut have maintained a heart healthy lifestyle since March, 2012. The campaign earned national attention and was featured at The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection 2013 Fashion Show in New York City on February 6, 2013.
Community-Clinical Linkages Initiative
This campaign is designed to connect patients, physicians and other clinical partners with community resources to help individuals better manage their chronic conditions. The Follow the Fifty Campaign was a prime example of a Community-Clinical linkage.
HealthQuest has been grant-funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a National Association of Chronic Disease Directors ACHIEVE grant and the State of CT Department of Public Health Community Transformation Grant. These initiatives prevent chronic disease and improve health by implementing healthier policies related to tobacco-free living, increased physical activity, access to better nutrition, and expanding clinical and community preventive services.
To Learn More
- HealthQuest Northeast CT on Facebook
- CDC Healthy Communities Newsletter with HealthQuest Feature - pages 6, 7, 8
- HealthQuest_CHART_Concept_and_FOOD_POLICY_013015 - Organizational Chart
- Success Stories from ACHIEVE - HealthQuest featured on page 23!
Partnerships & Campaigns
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