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April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month


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Sexual Assault in the United States

Statistics from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (references in parentheses may be found on their site).

  • One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (a)
  • In the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime (o)
  • 51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance (a)
  • 52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger (a)
  • Almost half (49.5%) of multiracial women and over 45% of American Indian/Alaska Native women were subjected to some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime (o)
  • 91% of victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and nine percent are male (m)
  • In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator (j)
  • Eight percent of rapes occur while the victim is at work (c)

Connecticut statistics from the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center offers resources for survivors, friends and family, and advocates and educators. The Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence also offers a variety of resources

Help is available in English and Spanish // La ayuda está disponible en inglés y español:
1-888-999-5545 English
1-888-568-8332 Español


Public Health Nights at Albany: Sexual Health, Sexual Assault Awareness, and hte #metoo Movement

Tuesday, April 24, 4:30-5:30 Rubberwear: Learn about safe sex supplies and abstinence with UConn's Wellness and Prevention Services.

Tuesday, May 1, 4:30-6:30 Information about free, confidential services for victims of sexual assault courtesy of YWCA New Britain's Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS). 

Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 Laura Cordes, Executive Director of the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, will speak followed by Q&A. "The first step in our mission to end sexual violence is to prevent it. We can all prevent sexual violence. Using education, tools, and our community, we have the ability to stop it before it starts."

This year the Albany Branch is committed to getting healthy! Monthly public health nights will be held. Here are the topics for the following months:

May: Urban PTSD
June: Mental Health Awareness
July: Importance of the Annual Check-up for men and women
August: National Immunization Awareness Month
September: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
October: National Breast Cancer Awareness/All Cancer Prevention
November: National Diabetes Month
December: Addiction/Recovery/Healthy 2019

In other news...January/Feburary Newsletter from the UConn Health Center



Tragedies and Other Events in the News

Do you have questions about how to share recent news events with your children? This site offers some tips. 


Click here for health information in many languages.

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.
Información sobre la salud de los niños / Information about Children's Health
Clinics (Available regardless of ability to pay)
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.
InterCommunity - provides same-day primary care services to every member of the community who walks in, regardless of life situation or ability to pay (includes immigrants).  Also provide a wide array of behavioral health services. Locations in East Hartford and Hartford.
InterCommunity’s Addiction Services offers a similarly wide range of substance use treatment and recovery-supportive services. They are based in Hartford, with many sites in the area.
Malta House of Care - Mobile medical clinic. See website for hours and locations in Hartford neighborhoods.
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.