Local Wellville Coordinator:
Gina Federico, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
- City of Hartford Health and Human Services
- City of Hartford Mayor’s Office, North Hartford Promise Zone
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
- Connecticut Health Foundation
- Hartford HealthCare
- Neighborhood-appointed resident leader
- Trinity Health/Saint Francis Hospital
- United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
- University of Connecticut
North Hartford, which includes the Hartford 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.|
Non-Hispanic black: 62%
Non-Hispanic white: 2%
Area: 3.11 square miles
Median household income: ~$25,700
Poverty rate: 49%
Unemployment rate: 27.4%
High school diplomas (among ages 25+): 70%
Uninsured: 23% (city-wide)
Homelessness: 521 individuals (city-wide)
Life expectancy at birth: 77.1 (city-wide)
Infant mortality (per 1000 live births, state-wide
Non-Hispanic white: 3.53
Diabetes rate: 15.5% (city-wide)
Obesity rate (adult): 33% (city-wide)
Obesity rate (child): 32%
Areas of Focus and Work
The North Hartford Triple 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 nationally of more than $450,000 since 2016, this Trinity Health initiative at the local Saint Francis Hospital provided critical funding to launch the NHTAC; start a diabetes prevention program at the North End 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, Trinity Health/Saint Francis and Hartford LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) are supporting the predevelopment phase of a project that includes a full-service supermarket plus health-promoting services, called the “Healthy Hartford Hub”. The NHTAC is working with institutional partners as well as a resident-led Community Advisory Task Force to support this effort.
The Collaborative is on the path to co-investing in backbone support to increase collective capacity, impact and sustainability. This includes the development of shared strategies, resources and support for key functional areas such as:
- Long-term financing, including payment reform
- Data and measurement
- Community engagement
- Learning and evaluation
- Capacity building and technical assistance
Shared Data and Measurement: In partnership with DataHaven, the NHTAC is co-developing a data and measurement system to establish shared goals and to track the ongoing impact of Collaborative and NHTAC member portfolios in North Hartford. DataHaven received grants 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 (2015 and 2018) and will for the first time work to produce a comprehensive Greater Hartford regional community health and well-being indicators report (expected early 2019, tentatively titled the Greater Hartford Community Wellbeing Index). Designed with significant stakeholder input, the report will help meet the needs of the community and multi-sectors who care about health through a single coordinated data picture. For example, the index will serve as the “data and measurement source document” for Hartford area many Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) for hospitals and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) for health departments.