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  • How to Control Coronavirus Anxiety

    March 11, 2020

    Whether it’s wiping out a store’s stock of hand sanitizer and toilet paper to overzealously taking children’s temperatures, people’s fears about the coronavirus are escalating. The facts bear some concern, according to experts at the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN). Respiratory symptoms and illnesses, which can be associated with…

  • Coronavirus: Hartford HealthCare to Restrict Visitors at Hospitals, Skilled-Nursing Facilities

    March 10, 2020

    Updated March 12 Hartford HealthCare is restricting visitation to its seven-hospital network and prohibiting visitors, with few exceptions, to its skilled-nursing facility as a precaution during the COVID-19 outbreak. “These are unprecedented times,” said President and CEO Jeff Flaks, above, at a March 10 news conference at the Hartford HealthCare Care…

  • He’s Offering A New Kind of Addiction Help in Emergency Department

    March 09, 2020

    He’s sitting near the hospital bed, his deep, baritone voice quiet as he listens to a tearful patient details his struggles to stay sober. “My man,” William Dantzler said gently, leaning slightly toward the young man whose cheeks glistened with tears. “Live for you.” The moment was brief at the…

  • Questions? Coronavirus Hotline Now Available

    March 06, 2020

    Questions about the coronavirus? Need help? Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 Clinical Command Center hotline, staffed by healthcare professionals, is now available to the community. To reach the 24-hour hotline, call 860.972.8100 or (toll-free) 833.621.0600. Stay with Hartford HealthCare for everything you need to know about the coronavirus threat. Click here for information updated…

  • Coronavirus: In Hartford Visit, U.S. Surgeon General Says ‘We Know What to Do’

    March 02, 2020

    Perspective is key to keep people from panicking as the coronavirus spreads to communities across the country, including in states adjacent to Connecticut, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Dr. Jerome Adams. Dr. Adams was in Hartford March 2 as part of a presentation on the opioid epidemic…

  • New Safety Card Connects Domestic Violence Victims With Help

    January 28, 2020

    Helping victims of domestic violence can be as basic as getting the right information into their hands and listening when they reach out, according to Susie DiVietro, PhD, a research scientist with the Injury Prevention Center. Dr. DiVietro offered a statistically and emotionally harsh look at intimate partner violence (IPV),…

  • Why the Census Is a Healthcare Issue

    January 24, 2020

    By Jeffrey A. Flaks Hartford HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer and Sarah S. Lewis Hartford HealthCare Vice President, Health Equity Among the New Year’s resolutions that you’ve made (or maybe already broken), here’s one that should be easy to keep: Complete your U.S. Census form, and encourage everyone you…

  • ‘A Good, Sober Way to Have Fun’: Boxing and the IOL’s Dual Diagnosis Program

    January 23, 2020

    He stood quietly, watching the others throw punches that sometimes missed the mark. Then Michael, his eyes intent behind roundish glasses, stepped forward and launched a series of solid punches, first at the instructor’s outstretched training mitts and then to the jaw of a sparring dummy. Uppercut. Thwack! Jab. Thwack!…

  • Mental Health First Aid Class: Learn How to Help an Adolescent in Crisis

    January 04, 2020

    You’ve probably heard about CPR, right? It’s a certification that anyone can earn to help someone in medical distress. But did you know there is a similar program to help people learn how to provide first aid in the event of a mental health crisis? It’s called Mental Health First…

  • Word Leaders Support Gender Fluidity With ‘They’ Pronoun

    December 19, 2019

    It’s a four-letter word that means so much more today than ever before and the recent announcement that the word gurus at Merriam-Webster dictionary dubbed the pronoun “they” its word of the year marked a milestone for those identifying as non-binary. The dictionary had enhanced its definitions of “they” and…


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