Connecticut Health Foundation injects $1.6M into cities’ efforts to bolster ranks of community health workers

The Connecticut Health Foundation announced an infusion of $1.6 million in grants Thursday to help several cities increase their numbers of community health workers by more than two dozen in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.



a person wearing a blue hat: Bridgeport, CT - 6/23/20 - Optimus Healthcare professionals conduct COVID-19 testing at Mount Aery Baptist Church Tuesday morning


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Bridgeport, CT – 6/23/20 – Optimus Healthcare professionals conduct COVID-19 testing at Mount Aery Baptist Church Tuesday morning

The grants, given in partnership with the Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection, earmark substantial funding for municipalities in an effort to address the impact the pandemic has on people of color, officials said.

The announced funding comes ahead of the third phase of the state’s reopening plan, which increases capacity at restaurants, indoor and outdoor performance venues and houses of worship. Connecticut, in recent days, has seen an uptick in its rate of positive coronavirus tests and hospitalizations associated with the virus.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues

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