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February: American Heart Month and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

American Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.
The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

Resources for keeping your heart healthy

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence. Parents, one of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.

Take steps to make a difference:
  • Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
  • Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating.
  • Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
  • If you are worried about your teen, call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.

Learn more about Love is Respect.




Zika Virus


Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")
AARP Fact Sheets - Facts about the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") from the AARP's department of Education & Outreach.
Affordable Care Act: About the Law - Information from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Información útil sobre la Ley de salud
Preparacion para Obamacare
Employment Issues
COBRA and Connecticut State Continuation of Coverage - Maintaining health care coverage due to a layoff, reduction of hours, leave of absence, or termination of employment (except for gross misconduct).
Family and Medical Leave Act - Information from the US Department of Labor.
Clinics (Available regardless of ability to pay)
Malta House of Care - Mobile medical clinic. See website for hours and locations in Hartford neighborhoods.
Charter Oak Health Center - Offers a variety of services. See website for locations and hours in Hartford neighborhoods.
Community Health Services - Offers a variety of services. Hartford and Windsor locations
Clinics (Dental)
List maintained by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Clinics (Walk-in, Emergency Care)
General Healthcare Information
Health Insurance on - US Government portal to health insurance information and services.
Kaiser Family Foundation - Information on national healthcare issues.
Medline Plus - Health information from the US National Library of Medicine.
Medline Plus (Espanol)
Salud - GobiernoUSA.
Seguros de salud.
Temas de salud.
Health Marketplace
Access Health CT - This is the website for Connecticut's official health marketplace.
Includes a listing of enrollment fairs, events near you, and responses to
frequently asked questions.
Health Insurance Marketplace - Official Marketplace information source for assisters and outreach partners. Hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Health Care Facility Evaluations
American Association for Homecare - Homecare lobbying group.
Best Hospitals - List by US News & World Report
Hospitals accepting Medicare - Official US Government site.
Health Care Providers
It is a good idea to visit the webpage for your insurance provider to find out if the health care provider is in your insurance network.
Find a Doctor - American Medical Association
Find a Dentist - American Dental Association
Dentists accepting HUSKY, Title IXX, Medicaid, and similar programs.
Find a Psycologist - American Psychological Association
Providers accepting Medicare - Official US Government site.
Services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities - Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective.
Health Insurance Companies
Below is a list of a few of the health insurance companies providing coverage in Connecticut. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list.
Anthem Blue Cross
United Healthcare
Healthy CT
If you are interested in obtaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), visit AccessHealthCT.
Hospitals in Hartford
Hartford Hospital
St. Francis Hospital
National Immigration Law Center - Their mission is to defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.
Medicare - Official US Government site.
Medicare Physician Compare - Find physicians and other providers accepting Medicare
Medicare Hospital Compare - Find health care facilities accepting Medicare
Medications and Treatments
Best Buy Drugs - Drug information from Consumer Reports
Drug Information Portal - Drug information from the National Library of Medicine
Drugs, Herbs, and Supplements - Information from MedlinePlus.
Patient Care and Health Information - Information from the Mayo Clinic
RX List - Drug information provided by WebMD.
Military Health System - Official website of the Military Health System and the Defense Health Agency.
Military Support Services - CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Veterans Health Administration - Information from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.