Our communities are on a dangerous, upward trend in obesity and adverse childhood experiences, ultimately impacting health and wellness outcomes and contributing to preventable, chronic diseases and increased healthcare spending. Even greater disparities in health outcomes exist for minority and low-income households due to additional barriers in access and resources.
The Eastern Connecticut Health Collaborative (ECHC) was established based on a collective impact approach with the goal to bring multiple groups together in a structured way, to tackle the challenges addressed above. ECHC encompasses 13 greater Norwich and Windham area towns and consists of 31 organizations representing human services, local public health, federally qualified health centers, state, and municipal agencies. United Way of Southeastern Connecticut serves as the backbone agency on behalf of the collective and with steering committee leadership including Uncas Health District, Hartford Healthcare, and Mashantucket-Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nations. The partnership is a cross-sector collaborative working together to improve community health and equity in health outcomes through systems and policy change to address root causes.
Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin, Griswold, Lebanon, Lisbon, Montville, Norwich, Preston, Sprague, Salem, Voluntown, and Windham.
We are committed to moving the needle on Healthy Eating, Active Living (H.E.A.L.), and Child Wellbeing through policy and systems change in our community, advocating at the local level for the adoption of new and innovative practices to improve health outcomes for all.
- An obesity rate of 34% in the region can be directly linked to higher chronic disease and a strain on health systems
- Food Insecurity impacts 12% of households (17% of children) affecting access to affordable, healthy choices
- Less then 60% of 6th grade students pass physical fitness tests
- More than 21% of adults experience 3 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) as youth
- Children in this region experience a 2.5 times greater abuse and neglect rate as compared to the rest of Connecticut
- 1:3 women of color have high risk births and 3 times the maternal morbidity rate
The time to act is now! ECHC is eager to bring on new partners who are committed to our goals of Healthy Eating, Active Living and Child Wellbeing. Email Scott Umbel to learn how your organization can join the collaborative.