The Health of our Community
Updated: Sep 9
Healthcare decisions are impacting every aspect of our daily lives. In order to make sound decisions about our health we need reliable public health information, and we need to be able to protect our own and our families’ health without fearing that we will lose our jobs or our homes.
The pandemic is making increasingly clear the need for access to affordable healthcare, including mental health services, as we see a spike in substance abuse and suicide. As a social worker and as a founding member and co-chair of Fairfield CARES Community Coalition, I have led efforts on opioid, tobacco and gun violence prevention in both the legislature and the community.
The pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color. It has devastated both workers and residents in senior care facilities. These disparities are unacceptable. We are recognizing that our personal health and the health of our loved ones depends upon the health of the community.
In order to survive and emerge safely from the pandemic era, we must:
● Provide access to healthcare equally throughout our community;
● Ensure that reliable public health information is available to everyone;
● Make sure no one has to risk their health in order to buy food or pay rent;
● Maintain adequate COVID testing and contact tracing capacity;
● Continue to support public health prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID;
● Assure access to mental health services as part of all health insurance;
● Address racial inequities in healthcare access across Connecticut;
● Provide affordable prescription drugs for seniors and families;
● Assure access to reproductive health, and maternal and infant care;
● Continue to support coordinated efforts to prevent suicide and substance abuse.