Creating Healthier Communities
In Fiscal Year 2013, Bridgeport Hospital continued to work closely with a number of not-for-profit organizations and supported efforts to create a healthier community through financial and in-kind services totaling nearly $107,400. Examples of these efforts are included below.
Primary Care Action Group
Bridgeport Hospital is one of the founding members of the Primary Care Action Group. Formed over ten years ago, the coalition includes two community hospitals, five health departments and districts, three community health centers, state agencies, physicians and community organizations. In Fiscal Year 2013, the Primary Care Action Group focused on finalizing the Greater Bridgeport Community Health Needs Assessment and developing a Community Health Implementation Plan.
Get Healthy CT, which was formed by members of the Primary Care Action Group, continued to expand its reach and impact during 2013. Get Healthy CT is a coalition dedicated to preventing and reducing obesity by removing the barriers to healthy eating and physical activity through the inclusive collaboration of key stakeholders in the community. Get Healthy CT was formed in Greater Bridgeport in 2010 and has expanded to include a chapter in New Haven and coordinated efforts in Greenwich. The approach of Get Healthy CT is to identify existing resources and programs and utilize its website as the central connecting point for information and collaboration. Get Healthy CT efforts center around four focus areas: educate and raise awareness, encourage community collaboration and commitment, identify local resources and inform public policy. Using a multi-sector approach to address obesity, the Get Healthy CT coalition has grown to over 100 member organizations including health care providers, health departments and health districts, social service providers, colleges and universities, businesses, town and legislative leaders, researchers, and faith-based organizations. Generous grant funding has been provided for the infrastructure and development of Get Healthy CT by the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County with additional in-kind and financial support from member organizations including Yale New Haven Health System and Bridgeport Hospital.
Volunteer Leadership on Community Boards
The hospital also works collaboratively with many organizations within the Greater Bridgeport Area and provides expertise to the governing bodies of other organizations. As a result, the Hospital provided nearly $40,000 of in-kind support to organizations and coalitions such as the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s Health Care Council, Bridgeport YMCA, Cardinal Sheehan Center, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, Child and Family Guidance Center of Bridgeport, Get Healthy CT, Primary Care Action Group, Optimus Healthcare, Recovery Network of Programs, Ronald McDonald House of CT, Tiny Miracles Foundation, University of Connecticut Allied Health Advisory Board and VNS of Connecticut. Hospital employees also recruited volunteer walkers to help raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. The events support research and patient education initiatives.