- United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
- Trinity Health/St. Francis Hospital
- City of Hartford Health and Human Services
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
- University of Connecticut
- Connecticut Health Foundation
- the lead from the mayor’s North Hartford Promise Zone
- a neighborhood-appointed resident
|North Hartford, which includes the neighborhoods of Clay-Arsenal, Northeast, and Upper Albany, is home to an active community of West Indian/Caribbean immigrants as well as African Americans and Latinos. The area encompasses much of Keney Park, designed by famed landscape architectural firm Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot. The area was once a center of manufacturing and other industries, but the construction of Interstate 84 after WWII, which isolated North Hartford from the economic activity of downtown, triggered a sharp socio-economic decline. Key issues include high rates of poverty and unemployment, violent crime, and food insecurity.|
Area: 3.11 square miles
Poverty rate: 49.35%
Unemployment rate: 27.44%
|Average per capita income: $12,099
High school graduation rate: ~61.4%
Other key metrics: 38.3% of residents have a high school degree
Areas of Focus and Work
The North Hartford Trip Aim Collaborative (NHTAC) aspires to achieve the “triple aim” of:
- Health (life expectancy and related measures)
- Well-being (quality of life)
- Value of investment (impact per dollar spent)
Well Being 360: Through investments of more than $450,000 since 2016, this Trinity Health/Saint Francis initiative has helped launch the NHTAC; start a diabetes prevention program at the YMCA; improve healthy food access through the North End Farmers Market, Knox’s urban farming initiative, and the Cooking Matters nutrition training program; reduce gun violence by expanding the crisis response team at Hartford Communities That Care; and prevent opioid deaths by partnering with Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition to increase access to naloxone.
In addition, Saint Francis is integrating a social determinants of health assessment and referral process in its safety net clinics in collaboration with Catholic Charities to help patients improve social factors needed for good health and wellbeing.
Strengthening Families: With funding from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Office for Community Child Health at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is training child care providers to use a strengths-based approach to increase the five protective factors known promote children’s healthy development: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, parents’ knowledge of child development, and children’s social and emotional competence.
In addition, the Collaborative has been working with a broader coalition to determine how the North Hartford-based Parker Memorial Community Center may be positioned as the coordinating center of an integrated, trauma-informed system to improve the lives of the entire community.
Healthy Food Access: Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is also funding work on the “Healthy Hartford Hub”, a proposed mixed-use development with a full-service supermarket, health-promoting services, and housing or office space. The NHTAC is working with institutional partners as well as a resident-led Community Advisory Task Force on developing this space.
The Collaborative is co-investing in backbone support and other areas to increase collective capacity, impact and sustainability. This includes hosting workgroups that develop shared strategies, resources and support for key functional areas such as:
- Data and measurement
- Community engagement
- Learning and evaluation
- Capacity building and technical assistance
Shared Data and Measurement: In partnership with DataHaven, the NHTAC is developing a data and measurement system to establish shared goals and to track the ongoing impact of Collaborative actions. DataHaven received grants in 2015 and 2018 from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Saint Francis Medical Center, CT Health Foundation, Hartford HealthCare, and others to field the statewide DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey and produce a comprehensive regional community health and well-being indicators report in early 2019, tentatively titled the Greater Hartford Community Wellbeing Index. Designed with significant stakeholder input, the cross-sector program is designed to help meet the needs of multiple organizations through a single coordinated local data program. For example, the program serves as the “data and measurement backbone” of many Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) for health departments and hospitals, in coordination with regional health collaboratives such as NHTAC.