United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut Awarded $75,000 in Invest Health Funding

Jun.17, 2019

Award Supports Nonprofit’s Commitment to Access to Health

Hartford, Conn. (June 17, 2019) — United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut today announced that the Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded the organization $75,000 in funding for Invest Health, an initiative aimed at accelerating better health in communities across the United States. Hartford was chosen as one of 10 mid-sized cities nationally to receive the investment.

The Hartford team will focus on outcomes which improve the city’s food system; reduce blight; and, address public safety concerns through built environment development for those who live, work and play in the North Hartford Promise Zone (NHPZ) and the North End.

Examples include:

  • A proposed full-service supermarket and health hub that would serve the Hartford’s North End; and,
  • Redevelopment projects along Albany Avenue, Woodland Street, Homestead Avenue and Main Street in Hartford.

“We look forward to advancing community projects, policies and systems that drive health in our city,” said team coordinator Gina Federico, Director, North Hartford Triple Aim Collaborative, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “This innovative funding will help us engage actors from multiple sectors advancing our collective effort to improve health and wellbeing for families living in Hartford.”

The Hartford team is comprised of representatives and residents from the public, private and nonprofit sectors including:

  • City of Hartford Health and Human Services;
  • Hartford Food System;
  • Resident Liaison to the North Hartford Promise Zone;
  • Saint Francis Hospital/Trinity Health Of New England; and,
  • University of Connecticut Allied Health Sciences.

In addition to the $75,000 grant, the Hartford team will engage with peers in a collaborative learning community and have access to highly-skilled technical advisors and coaches throughout the 12-month grant period.

The project launches nationally on July 1, 2019. For updates, visit www.investhealth.org.

About United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut mobilizes people and organizations to give, advocate and volunteer to promote child and youth success, ensure families are financially secure, provide access to health-related services and supports, and ensure basic needs are met.