This division provides services for the Director’s Office and the other Divisions of the Department. Services include managing finances, epidemiology, and public health preparedness.
Welcome to The City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services (HHS) provides a variety of services and programs to protect and assist residents and its visitors. HHS has five divisions: Maternal and Child Health, Senior and Community Services, Environmental Health, Disease Prevention, and Health Promotion, and Administration.
Whenever possible, the Department will endeavor to employ strategies, policies, and interventions through community partnerships to reduce health disparities.
Ebony Jackson-Shaheed, MPH
Director of Health & Human Services
Ebony Jackson-Shaheed is the Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Hartford. Prior to joining the City of Hartford, she completed a tenure as Director of Health and Social Services for the largest city in the state of Connecticut. She is a Public Health Executive and Neuro-Epidemiologist with more than 10 years of public health experience. Director Jackson-Shaheed, is an adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport School of Public Health, and serves on many advisory boards and committees throughout the state. Director Jackson-Shaheed received an undergraduate degree in Health Education, an MPH in Epidemiology from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and completed a post graduate fellowship from the Yale School of Medicine in Neurology. Director Jackson-Shaheed has a passion for urban population health.
The interrelated services focus on the surveillance of diseases and the environment based on appropriate prevention and control interventions, including responses to disease outbreak situations. Questions related to epidemiology can call (860) 757-4726.
Long-term use of opioids (even if taking medication as directed) or misuse of opioids (e.g., taking a prescription opioid in a manner not instructed that belonged to someone else, or to feel euphoria) can lead to addiction, tolerance, or dependence. Furthermore, opioid misuse may lead to an overdose, which can result in coma or death.
In Hartford, opioid-related incidents is a growing concern, with the number of opioid-related fatalities and emergency room visits increasing. Through an award from the Connecticut Department of Public Health to address opioid-related issues, the Department of Health and Human Services partners with various community organizations to focus on providing education and awareness, facilitate linkage to treatment, promote the prescription monitoring and reporting system, promote and track the usage of Naloxone, and strengthen data sharing across agencies.
You can read more about our partner agency by following this link: Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition.
For more information about opioids, overdose prevention, and safe disposal, visit the State of Connecticut's Substance Use webpage at drugfreeCT.org.
Aiming to understand barriers to home ownership in the city, specifically the Frog Hollow and Northeast neighborhoods. Our goal is to increase the number of minority represented homeowners through policy analysis, education, and improved programming.