Health Justice CT Announces Top Five Finalists in the Second Health Justice CT Challenge

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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, today announced the top five finalists in the second Health Justice CT Challenge.

The Challenge is designed as a competition for individuals and organizations to creatively share their ideas and efforts to address health disparities in Connecticut. Applicants were tasked with answering these three questions: 1. What specific health justice issues do you see in your community? 2. What specific solution do you have to address this issue? 3. How will you use the $10,000 challenge money to achieve this? The winner will receive a $10,000 prize to support their proposed program. The public is invited to vote for their favorite program proposal between March 13, 2013 to March 19, 2013 at http://www.healthjusticectchallenge.org/vote.

The top five projects selected for public voting include:

  • A First Response to Rural Disparities by Eastern Connecticut Area Health Education. This program proposal addresses the shortage of first responders in Windham County, Connecticut. This program will recruit high school students from Windham County to become certified EMTs or EMRs. To view this video, please visit: http://bit.ly/YXbz6W.
  • Education Elevating Equity by Connecticut Commission on Health Equity. This program proposal addresses the need for better communications among patients and health care professionals in Connecticut. This program will provide educational modules that encourage interactive discussions between patients and providers which will ultimately impact the quality of care and outcomes. To view this video, please visit: http://bit.ly/W4djzA.
  • Healthy Slow Cooker Class by Slow Food Shoreline. This program proposal addresses obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, poor mental health, and other diseases related to a high calorie/low nutrition diet among low-income individuals and families in New Haven, Connecticut. This program will teach 130 families in New Haven to cook from scratch, with basic healthy slow cooker meals, by using inexpensive, whole, and local ingredients. To view this video, please visit: http://bit.ly/16nR62p.
  • North Hartford Community Kitchen Project by Hartford Food System, Inc. This program proposal addresses the limited access to healthy foods for low-income individuals and families in the north end neighborhoods of Hartford, Connecticut. This program will teach local residents how to make better use of healthy, economical foods. To view this video, please visit: http://bit.ly/12KvA98.
  • We Are One Voice by Ledge Light Health District. This program proposal addresses the cardiovascular health problems of women of color throughout Southeastern Connecticut and will use social media to build a movement of voices discussing heart-health justice. This program will equip women of color to use social media to share information and lead conversations on cardiovascular disease and to promote optimal heart health. To view this video, please visit: http://bit.ly/ZDpinz.

The top five finalists in the Health Justice CT Challenge were selected by a panel of judges, made up of six local and national health leaders: Ms. Yvette Bello, Executive Director of Latino Community Services, Inc.; Mr. Andre Blackman, Founder and CEO of Pulse & Signal;, Mr. Enrique Juncadella, Director of CommuniCare, Inc.; Ms. Sharon Mierzwa, Program Director of Connecticut Association of Directors of Health, Inc.; Ms. Jenn Whinnem, Communications Officer of the Connecticut Health Foundation; and Ms. Teresa Younger, Executive Director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

About Health Justice CT:
Health Justice CT is an initiative designed to use social media 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 (CT Health) and is being managed by the foundation’s grantee, the Society for New Communications Research. To join the conversation, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/healthjusticect) and Twitter (twitter.com/healthjusticect).

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