Civic Engagement

Civic engagement can be conducted through participation in the political process, volunteering to help your community, and advocating for an improved quality of life. Being civically engaged enables disenfranchised communities to participate in the creation of solutions to alter the future of their environment. The lack of voice of a community is the most impactful determinant of health.

So I’ve Voted Now What

Hartford Health Initiative is creating awareness about steps residents can take to stay involved in the democratic process and contribute to the development of their neighborhood.  Below is our Civic Engagement Booklet, a resources to direct residents to their elected officials and other governance bodies to share community concerns.

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I have a community concern, who should I contact?

ELECTED  REPRESENTATIVES
Elected officials represent your community, advocating for policies and resources to improve quality of life. If you have concerns that have not been addressed by a specific City department or you have a community wide concern or suggestion, reach out to your local, state, and federal officials. To find out who your elected officials are see the links below.

KEY CONTACTS
Mayor • Political Party • State and Federal Officials • City Council Town Committee

To find out who your City Council members are visit:
https://www.hartfordct.gov/Government/City-Council

To find out who your legislators are visit:
https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp

To find out more information about your Mayor visit:
https://www.hartfordct.gov/Government/Departments/Mayors-Office

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.

HOW CAN I USE MY VOICE TO IMPACT THE COMMUNITY?

BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
The City of Hartford has a variety of Boards and To find out more about the City of Hartford Boards and Commissions:
https://www.hartfordct.gov/Government/Boards-and-Commissions/

Commissions. You could be a participant by becoming an official member or attending one of their public meetings to help guide their priorities in specific issue areas. These bodies advise the Mayor, City Council, and other elected officials on policies and resource allocation among other things.

EDUCATIONAL CONCERNS
If you have school-related concerns, you can raise the issue at your school’s parent-teacher meetings, your school’s Governance Council meetings, and your city’s Board of Education meetings that offer opportunities for the public to voice concerns.

To find out how to attend a Board of Education meeting visit:
https://www.hartfordschools.org/board-of-education/
To
find out more about Hartford’s schools governance councils visit:
https://www.hartfordschools.org/sgc/

NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION ZONES
Visit https://www.hartfordnext.org/find-your-nrz/ to find your NRZ.
Hartford’s Neighborhood Revitalization Zones help you shape the future of your community. You can attend local monthly meetings to help make decisions about your community

Below are links to help educate and empower your engagement with your government.