August News and Resources

August if National Breast Feeding Month:  On August 6, 2011, the US Breast Feeding Committee declared that August is National Breastfeeding Month  For more information on the USBC click here.  In addition, make sure to read our August Monthly Health Feature, which is all about the importance of breast feeding, tips to help new moms and information about the Covid-19 vaccine for those pregnant and nursing.    Need more educational materials on breast feeding?  Click here to learn more about the It’s Worth It! Campaign from the CT Department of Public Health. 

August 1-7 is Farmers Market Week: Governor Ned Lamont is urging Connecticut residents to support local farmers during National Farmers Market Week, August 1 to 7, 2021.  A list of every certified farmers market in Connecticut can be found here and an interactive map of farmers markets is also available here.  You can read the Governor’s full press release here.  

In addition to the resource above, every year GHCT puts together lists of local farmers markets in several regions southern CT.  Click links below to visit the list with markets closest to you.  

Get Out and Explore this Summer (for free!): From July 1 to September 6, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying adult can visit participating museums free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program.  The program is part of Governor Lamont’s larger plan to use recovery funds to provide students and families with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  From art and children’s museums and historical sites to zoos, aquariums, and science centers, here’s a list of properties participating in #CTSummerMuseums. Please make sure you check each museum for online advance ticketing and reservations, as they may be required. Click here for more information.  

Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talk with a Doc (New Haven): Yale New Haven Hospital is hosting a weekly Walk and Talk with a Doc program on Saturdays at 9:00 AM through Saturday, September 25.  Please arrive by 8:45 AM and park in the lot of New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 280 Starr Street, New Haven.  The walks will last about an hour, and we will be following COVID safety guidelines- please wear a mask. Click here for more details. 

Save the Date!  Walk ‘n Talk for Essential Workers (Bridgeport):  Join the Health Improvement Alliance (HIA) for a Walk ‘N Talk For Essential Workers at Seaside Park in Bridgeport on Saturday, September 25th from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM. The COVID-19 pandemic taught us that we are all essential. Now it is time to take care of you! HIA is inviting Greater Bridgeport residents to come out for a morning walk to learn ways to help you support your own health and well-being. Get physical activity while talking with local healthcare professionals. Open to all ages and fitness levels.  Free and open to all. Registration required. Click here for more details and information on how to register. 

CT Trails Map: Now that summer is here, it is time to get out and get active.  Click here to discover all of the wonderful walking trails and state parks that CT has to offer. 

Health Insurance through Access Health CT:  Thanks to a new federal law was passed in March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act has changed the way Access Health CT calculates financial help for customers for 2021 and 2022. Many more customers will now qualify for financial help to make plans more affordable.  Access Health CT has opened a Special Enrollment Period now through August 15, 2021 for new and current customers to take advantage of newly available financial help.  Project Access staff are available to answer questions and provide assistance with health insurance applications.  Call 203-773-0838 for more information and/or an appointment.

Local leaders team up to share their vaccine experience:  Are you or someone you know still hesitant to receive the Covid-19 vaccine?  Members of the Health Improvement Alliance (HIA) are taking on COVID-19 vaccine confidence by sharing personal messages with the public in a new video series.  Separately, their voices are influential, but by coming together, they are hoping to have an impact in the community.  HIA was formed in 2003 to address the health needs of the Greater Bridgeport community and was the group behind the creation of Get Healthy CT.  Click here to follow HIA on Facebook or here to view the videos on the HIA website.     

Local Resource Pages: Several community health partnerships in our area now have their own online resource pages.  Information on these pages includes Covid-19 testing and vaccination information, food distributions, social service resources and much more!  These pages are updated often, so bookmark the page for your area and check back regularly for updates.  Click the link below to visit the page for your region.