Health Justice CT Announces State Wide Town Hall Meeting on Health Justice

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Community Groups Come Together in a Town Hall Meeting to be held on October 23, 2012 in Hartford, New London, and Middletown, Connecticut.

Health Justice CT -- an innovative movement designed to use social media as the foundation for raising awareness on the issue of racial and ethnic disparities in Connecticut – in collaboration with a broad coalition of leading health organizations throughout the state will host a Health Justice Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 at the Legislative Office Building located at 300 Capital Avenue in Hartford, CT. The Community Health Center, Inc. in Middletown and New London will serve as two satellite sites to this event and will be simultaneously connected to this event through a videoconference. The purpose of the town hall is to address issues that pertain to health and healthcare disparities, and to discuss possible solutions and actions individuals, policymakers, government agencies and organizations can take to achieve health justice for everyone in Connecticut.

The Health Justice Town Hall Meeting will be moderated by Dr. Jenny Carrillo, Senior Vice President of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Town Hall panelists include:

  • M. Natalie Achong, President of the Connecticut Society and National Medical Association
  • Patricia Baker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Health Foundation
  • Richard Cho, Innovations Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Jewel Mullen, Commissioner of the State Department of Public Health
  • Frances Padilla, President of the Universal Health Foundation

U.S. Congressman John B. Larson will provide the opening remarks and Rev. Dr. Shelley Best of the Conference of Churches will provide the keynote address. Other presenters of this event include: Robbie McCauley, award winning playwright and nationally recognized Artist and Director; and Jeannette DeJesus, Special Advisor to the Governor on Health Reform.

“Utilizing video conferencing, social media and new communication tools to connect public officials and stakeholders together, this meeting is the first step of an ongoing process to take action and eliminate health disparities in Connecticut,” stated Heang Tan, Program Director of Health Justice CT, one of the event’s lead organizers.

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature policy leaders, health experts and community leaders from local and national organizations. Appetizers will be served. Space is limited, so registration is requested, please register online at:

Follow the conversation virtually on Twitter via the hashtag #hjtownhall. Visit and enter #hjtownhall in the search box to follow the discussion. Questions and comments can be submitted live to this event using this hashtag.

WHAT: Health Justice Town Hall Meeting
WHO: Broad Coalition of Leading Health Organizations. A list of partner and sponsors of this event, can be found at
WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
WHERE: Hartford Legislative Office Building – Atrium
300 Capital Avenue
Hartford, CT 06115

Middletown Community Health Center, Inc.
675 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

New London Community Health Center Inc.
1 Shaws Cove
New London, CT 06320

About Health Justice CT:
Health Justice CT is an initiative designed to use social media channels as the foundation for creating a movement of Connecticut residents dedicated to working together to raise awareness about the issue of racial and ethnic disparities, find innovative solutions, and ultimately achieve health justice for everyone in Connecticut. The project is funded by the Connecticut Health Foundation ( and is managed by the foundation’s grantee, the Society for New Communications Research ( To join the conversation, find HJCT on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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