June 24, 2022: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Middlesex, Tolland, and Windham Counties in Low/Green the as part of its COVID-19 Community Levels Map. Only Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven County are listed in the Medium/Yellow category. Residents who live in the Medium /Yellow counties who are at a high risk for severe illness, should talk to their health care provider about whether to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.


The Community, Family and Health Equity Section (CFHES) section works to improve the health of the overall population across the lifespan, especially mothers, infants, children, adolescents and other vulnerable groups, by establishing opportunities that support healthy living habits through education, early detection, access to care and chronic disease prevention. 

Units and offices within the CFHES include specific initiatives, including but not limited to:


1) Adolescent and Child Health

o   Autism Spectrum Disorder

o   Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

o   Respite and Extended Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

o   Family Advocacy

o   School Based Health Centers

o   Sickle Cell Disease

o   Community Health Services

2) Women and Reproductive Health

o   Maternal Mortality Review

o   Case Management for Pregnant Women

o   Family Planning

o   Healthy Choices for Women and Children

o   Personal Responsibility Education Program

3) Chronic Diseases

o   Diabetes Prevention and Control

o   Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

o   Injury Prevention Program

4) Injury Prevention

o   Violent Death Reporting System

o   Intimate Partners and Sexual Violence Programs

o   Opioids and Prescription Drugs Overdose Prevention

o   Unintentional injury programs

o   Intentional injury programs

5) Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

o   Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed)

o   Preventive, Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG)

o   State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health

6) Tobacco Control

o   Tobacco Trust Fund

o   1-800 QuitLine

o   Nicotine Replacement Therapy

o   Tobacco Use Cessation Programs

7) Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology

o   Birth Defects Registry

o   Early Hearing Detection and Intervention CDC Grant

o   Early Hearing Detection and Intervention HRSA Grant

o   State Systems Development Initiative

o   Primary Care Office

o   Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System

o   Pregnancy Risk Assessment Tracking System

o   Federal Hartford Healthy Start

8) Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

o   Healthcare referrals

o   Nutrition education

o   Breastfeeding promotion and support

9) Cancer

o   Breast & Cervical Cancer


o   Colorectal Cancer

o   Comprehensive Cancer

10) Epidemiology; conducts analysis of data from various sources, such as:

o   School-Based Asthma Surveillance System

o   Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (Asthma Call-Back Survey)

o   CT School Health Survey (Youth Behavior Component and Youth Tobacco Component

o   National Violent Death Reporting System

o   State WIC Information system

o   Connecticut Vital Records Death Registry

o   Hospital Discharge Data

o   Putting on AIRS Program Database

o   Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education

o   Tobacco Use Cessation Programs

o   WIC Vendor Management Database

11) Asthma Program

o   Environmental home-based education and management program

o   Surveillance and tracking of asthma in schools, emergency departments

o   Pediatric and Adult asthma clinical management programs


1) Genomics Office


2) Office of Oral Health

o   Connecticut Oral Disease Prevention Program

o   Dental sealant data – mini grants

3) Office of Health Equity 

o   Health Equity Research, Evaluation, & Policy