Hartford Urban Health Partnership
In 2006, as part of its university mission to expand partnerships with local and state public health agencies, the Center for Public Health and Health Policy (CPHHP) established the Urban Health Task Force with the charge to develop effective models for university participation in finding solutions to ending health disparities in urban communities in Connecticut.
This task force evolved into the Hartford Urban Health Partnership, and is a component of the Clinical Translational Science Award application. It is focused on the City of Hartford, one of poorest mid-sized cities in the U.S. with an average per capita income of just over $18,000, and includes a 24-member advisory group with equal membership from each of three constituencies: Hartford community health care and social service agencies, UConn Storrs faculty, UCHC faculty and practitioners.
Policy development activities guide research proposals and inform program implementation. As part of the plan for the partnership, the City of Hartford, Department of Health and Human Services, applied for and was selected to participate in a Kellogg Foundation grant on Health Equity granted to the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health. The process required in the project will provide the city with an understanding of the social determinants of health issues. In addition, Bruce Gould, Ann Ferris, and Marie Spivey assisted the city in the development of a report on the Critical Health Indicators that will help the city track the effectiveness of city programs.