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Hartford Health Initiavive

Is dedicated to addressing these barriers through our comprehensive health programs and community engagement efforts. Together, we can build a healthier Hartford for all.

Our Founder

Chavon Hamilton-Burgess, the heart and soul behind HHI, brings a wealth of public health experience. Growing up in the very community HHI serves, Chavon's passion for public health was ignited early on. As the founding Executive Director, her role encompasses relationship building, infrastructure development, and steering the strategic direction of HHI.

Chavon's journey in public health research spans Hartford, CT, and Atlanta, GA, culminating in a pivotal role as Project Manager with the Boston Public Health Commission. Armed with two Master's degrees—an MSW from the University of Connecticut and an MPA from Rutgers University—she is pursuing a Public Health PhD at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Chavon Hamilton-Burgess, Executive Director

About Us

Hartford Health Initiative (HHI) is a beacon of hope and a force for positive change in the heart of Hartford, CT. Founded in 2016 by Chavon Hamilton-Burgess, a devoted life-long resident of Hartford, we are committed to transforming the health landscape of our community, starting with the North End neighborhood. Our foundation is built on the deep-seated belief that everyone deserves equitable access to healthcare and the chance to lead a healthy life.

Our Impact

Since our inception, HHI has tirelessly worked to make our vision a reality, engaging over 1,000 residents in the Greater Hartford area. Our community engagement initiatives are designed to empower individuals and families, providing them with the tools, knowledge, and resources to overcome health barriers.

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Facing Health Barriers

Hartford, CT, faces unique health challenges that create barriers for residents seeking equitable healthcare access. These barriers include:

  • Limited Access to Quality Healthcare: Many residents in underserved areas of Hartford experience difficulty accessing high-quality healthcare services. Transportation, healthcare provider shortages, and insufficient healthcare infrastructure contribute to this challenge.

  • Socioeconomic Disparities: Economic factors play a significant role in healthcare access. Individuals and families living in poverty are less likely to afford healthcare services, medications, and health insurance.

  • Cultural and Linguistic Barriers: Hartford's diverse population often faces cultural and linguistic barriers to healthcare. This includes a lack of culturally competent healthcare providers and language-appropriate health information.

  • Chronic Disease Prevalence: Higher rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma in specific Hartford neighborhoods underline the need for targeted health interventions and education.

Hartford Health Initiative is dedicated to addressing these barriers through our comprehensive health programs and community engagement efforts. Together, we can build a healthier Hartford for all.