Healthy Connecticut 2025

Healthy People in Healthy, Equitable Connecticut Communities

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Healthy Connecticut 2025 builds upon the Healthy Connecticut 2020 initiative, launched in 2014, to advance health promotion and disease prevention through cross-sector partner collaboration and by specifically addressing the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health that create and perpetuate poor health outcomes for CT residents.


Healthy Connecticut 2025 State Health Improvement Draft Plan public comment period is open!

Healthy Connecticut 2025: State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) is in the final stages of development with a target release date of early 2021. We are inviting the public to provide feedback on the most current version of the plan, which outlines a strategy to improve health and racial equity in the state of Connecticut, specifically focusing on prioritized social drivers of health and the root causes of health inequities (structural racism and inherent bias). 

The plan is an update to the 2020 plan and is the final part of the Healthy Connecticut 2025 initiative. Its development was informed by the 2019 State Health Assessment that was released earlier this year.  

The development of the plan included cross-sector collaboration with local partners and community members who we thank for their contributions during the entire SHIP planning process, starting with the 2019 SHIP Coalition Summit which brought together over 120 partners across the state. Your contributions during this kick-off event as well as host of community feedback sessions and a series of virtual planning sessions to identify goals, objectives and strategies will result in a plan that will aid us as we continue our efforts to improve the health of Connecticut residents. We welcome any feedback that you may have about the plan.

Click here for the draft version of the Healthy Connecticut 2025: State Health Improvement Plan.

Click here to provide feedback on the plan. 


2019 State Health Assessment is now available 

Our Vision

Through effective assessment, prevention, and policy development,
the Connecticut Department of Public Health and its stakeholders and partners
provide every Connecticut resident equitable opportunities to be healthy throughout their
lifetimes and are accountable to making measurable improvements toward
health equity.

Guided by this vision for health equity, CT DPH staff, Coalition partners, and external stakeholders collaborated to develop the State Health Assessment (SHA), the actionable foundation for the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). 

Thank you to the many organizations and individuals who participated in the partner and public engagement process and contributed to the development of the health assessment.

Read the full 2019 State Health Assessment (View | Download) or select a chapter below.

Describing Connecticut View Download
Maternal, Infant, and Child Health View Download
Environmental Health View Download
Drinking Water View Download
Chronic Diseases View Download
Infectious Diseases View Download
Behavioral Health, Trauma, and Injury View Download
Health Systems View Download
Climate and Health View Download
Navigating Health Equity View Download

State Health Assessment Companion Documents

Community Engagement

Assets and Resources


SHIP Coalition Summit: Navigating Towards Health Equity

Kicks Off State Health Improvement Planning 2020-2025

On September 20, 2019, the SHIP Coalition came together to consider a selection of findings from the draft State Health Assessment 2.0 (SHA 2.0) and take the first step in planning for future health improvement priorities to be included in the State Health Improvement Plan 2.0 (SHIP 2.0). The theme of many conversations through the day references the challenges faced in achieving health equity for all Connecticut residents. According to the CDC, health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to "attain his or her full health potential" and no one is "disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances."

Summit Meeting Materials

SHIP Summit Agenda
SHIP Summit Summary
    Results: Social Determinants of Health Exercise
    Results: Jigsaw Exercise
SHA Findings Data Packet
Overview and Background of the SHIP
2017-2019 SHIP Policy Agenda
SHIP Action Team Highlights
Social Determinants of Health and Group Activities
Suggested Self-Study Courses and Webinars on Innovation and Systems Thinking