Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division
The Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division strives to prevent infectious and communicable diseases, while also promoting health and wellness among the residents of Hartford. This is achieved through various initiatives and programs aimed at raising awareness, educating the community, and implementing preventive measures.
The Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of Hartford plays a vital role in safeguarding the health and well-being of the community by focusing on the prevention of infectious and communicable diseases and promoting health and wellness. Our division is deeply committed to addressing health inequities and disparities that disproportionately affect Hartford residents, and we work tirelessly to reduce the burden of diseases in the community.
To tackle these pressing health issues, our division has implemented a range of evidence-based programs and interventions. We conduct community-wide health promotion campaigns that promote healthy behaviors, such as physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco cessation, to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, we work closely with local healthcare providers, community organizations, and other stakeholders to increase access to healthcare services, including screenings, vaccinations, and other preventive measures, to detect and manage infectious diseases in their early stages.
Furthermore, our division actively collaborates with other city departments and partners to address social determinants of health and reduce health inequities in Hartford. This involves advocating for policies and strategies that address the underlying social, economic, and environmental factors that impact health outcomes, such as affordable housing, transportation, and safe recreational spaces. We also work towards increasing health literacy and promoting health equity through community outreach and education initiatives, empowering residents with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions about their health.
For general inquiries about our programs and services, please contact us at (860)757-4830
The clinic at the Department provides confidential STD testing and treatment Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm for individuals 13 years of age and older. Walk-ins are accepted for those who sign-up by 8am, but we encourage visitors to make an appointment to lessen waiting time. Testing includes Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis C, Herpes and other STD's. We provide Hepatitis A, B and Gardasil vaccines to those eligible. Free condoms are available along with education to individuals or groups. For a complete list of STD signs, symptoms and treatment visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention STD information webpage. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (860) 757-4830.
The clinic provides services for a fee and is currently accepting the following insurances: Medicare, Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. United Healthcare and Connecticare are pending and we do not accept Aetna.
This program promotes a better understanding of health problems and needs in Hartford and assists the Department with the initiation and maintenance of surveillance systems, data management, and reporting; collection of birth and death information; coordination of specific grants; and public health information dissemination. The program also provides support in the investigation of the cause, origin, and method of transmission of communicable or infectious diseases and environmentally-related medical conditions. The interrelated services focus on surveillance of diseases and the environment, upon which appropriate prevention and control interventions are based, including responses to disease outbreak situations. Questions related to epidemiology can call (860) 757-4726.
Follow this link to access data and reports; disease fact sheets; and disease maps. A listing of current reportable diseases as well as how to report foodborne illness can be found here.
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.
The clinic also offers testing and follow-up care of tuberculosis for Hartford residents. These services are for individuals with active TB disease, those with positive skin tests (TB infection), and their contacts. Clinic hours are the 4th Wednesdays of each month and by appointment only. For a complete list of TB signs, symptoms and treatment visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuberculosis information webpage.
The Greater Hartford Ryan White Part A Planning Council is comprised of community stakeholders and members, including persons living with HIV and AIDS. The Council is mandated by the federal government to identify gaps in HIV care and heart-healthy services and to allocate Ryan White funds for establishing a comprehensive continuum of care for persons with HIV or AIDS.
In May 2016, Ryan White Part A was awarded a 3-year grant towards integrating the Ryan White information system, CAREWare, with the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS) information system. This pilot project would encompasses the Ryan White Transitional Grant Area, which includes Hartford, Middlesex and Tolland Counties. The goals of the project are to:
- Develop and enact new policies and processes to support data exchange and analysis;
- Create a bi-directional interface between the CAREWare and CaseWorthy systems used by the project partners;
- Develop and implement a cross training curriculum to foster improved service delivery, data exchange and analysis;
- Analyze comprehensive data to assess changes in health outcomes and housing status;
- Document and disseminate challenges, lessons learned, best practices, and innovative models;
- Improve health outcomes and housing status for persons living with HIV/AIDS who are at greater risk for homelessness.
This Data Integration Grant (DIG, for short) is steered by committee to enact policies and procedures to create a seamless coordination between the HOPWA and Ryan White service delivery systems as well as to provide input with the implementation and evaluation of this project. This coordination of systems is intended to improve health outcomes and the housing status for HOPWA and Ryan White clients. DIG Committee members are HOPWA and Ryan White providers and/or consumers.
This project is set to wrap-up by August 2018. Should you have any questions, please contact Peta-Gaye Nembhardat (860) 757-4705.