FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Connecticut Department of Public Health

June 11, 2013                                                       Contact:  William Gerrish

                                                                             (860) 509-7270


Website now accessible in dozens of languages


Hartford – The Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that it has added the Google Translator tool to its website, making the website accessible in over 70 languages. 


Google's free online translation instantly translates text and web pages. The tool is located on the upper left corner of the DPH home page ( By selecting a language from the drop-down menu, content from the DPH website will be translated into the selected language.


“English is not the primary language for thousands of Connecticut residents,” said William Gerrish, Director of the DPH Office of Communications. “The DPH website now offers visitors important public health information in their own language, making it much more accessible.” 


The DPH website is the state’s go-to resource for public health, providing visitors with important resources to help keep them, their families and communities healthy. The website offers a wide array of helpful information for the public including the department’s programs and services, health data and statistics, links to affordable quality primary medical and dental care, licensure information for health care, environmental and other providers, and much more.


The department’s mission is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut. One of the ways in which it pursues this mission is by promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state. The addition of the translation tool helps to make this mission more achievable by providing health information to residents whose primary language is a language other than English.


Use of the Google translation service is not intended to replace professional human translators.