Connecticut’s public health safety net is crumbling. Every day, people seeking medical attention, mental health support, and addiction recovery services are turned away from receiving the care they need. Hundreds of frontline healthcare jobs at public state facilities remain vacant.
The combination of direct care staffing shortages and lack of resources to navigate the system coherently has left the people of Connecticut with inferior healthcare outcomes. Access to proper care is particularly challenging for Black, Latina, and similarly underserved communities that rely on state services to thrive. SEIU 1199NE’s 2nd Annual Symposium provides a forum to hear from frontline doctors, nurses, and direct caregivers providing services at DCF, DDS, DSS, DOC, DMHAS, DPH, and other experts in the public and private sectors.
Partner panelists and symposium collaborators include speakers from CT Voices for Children, Planned Parenthood, NAMI Connecticut, Connecticut Legal Rights Project, YWCA, Transitions Clinic Network, and NHFT.
SPECIAL GUEST PARTICIPANTS
Emily Wang, MD, MAS
- Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director, SEICHE Center for Health and Justice
- 2022 MacArthur Fellowship
Enid Rey, Esq.
- Brave Communications
- Journalist, CT News Junkie
Expand Services to Save Lives: Building a Robust and Proactive Public Health System in Connecticut
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READINGS AND RESOURCES FOR SYMPOSIUM 2023