DPH: Welcome from Dr. Jewel Mullen, DPH Commissioner

{Dr. Jewel Mullen, DPH Commissioner}
Welcome to the Connecticut Department of Public Health!
Every day, public health plays an important role in the quality of our lives and the health of our communities. Public health works to make sure our food and drinking water is safe, maintains statistics on diseases, births, deaths, and other health-related issues, monitors disease trends, and works to prevent disease outbreaks. Public health programs provide people with resources to live healthy lives, and provide access to critical services. Public health also assures the quality of care, and responds to disasters.   
At the Department of Public Health, we emphasize evidence-based practices based on the collection of health data to shape our policy and program initiatives. We work together with our partners, such as local health departments, community providers, professional societies, academia, and others to provide an integrated public health system that maximizes the public’s investment in public health.
Chronic diseases are the number one cause of death and disability in the United States for men and women, and across all racial and ethnic groups. We value the importance of efficient and effective programs that work to prevent chronic disease and control health care costs. 
Please explore our website to see how the Department of Public Health can be of service to you. Here are some examples:
  • From asthma to West Nile virus, we offer a wealth of data and statistics concerning diseases and health issues affecting Connecticut. 

  • Concerned about housing conditions or restaurants inspections? Contact the local health department in your area.

  • If you are looking for affordable quality primary medical and dental care, visit our community health center page to find one in your area.  
The Department of Public Health website offers these resources and much more. If you have comments or ideas on how our website could better serve you, we welcome your feedback.  
Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that you find it to be a useful resource, providing you with the information and tools to help keep you, your family, and your community healthy.
Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA
Online and On-Air
Leading Age Magazine highlights efforts to promote successful aging. The article features an interview with Dr. Mullen discussing her 2015 ASTHO President's challenge: Healthy Aging: Living Longer Better.

Health Now 

As a guest on Health Now with Janet Carlson, Dr. Mullen discussed changes she has seen during her first term as DPH commissioner, key prevention areas for DPH, public health's role in the Affordable Care Act, and the on-going work of the Department of Public Health as a key partner for helping Connecticut develop a new system for health in the state.

Caregiving, even when done out of love, can be financially, emotionally, and physically stressful – sometimes to overwhelming degrees. During this live chat which was held on Tuesday, January 20th at 1pm EST, experts from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), along with Dave Balch, author of Cancer for Two, answered readers’ questions and provided insights on how to care for not only your loved one, but yourself as well.


A recording  of an online interactive session on emergency preparedness to celebrate Get Ready Day.  Held on the third Tuesday in September, APHA's Get Ready Day is timed to coincide with National Preparedness Month and is a time for community, campus or workplace to become prepared for emergencies or disasters.
Municipal, academic, and public health leaders discuss why public health is important, how public health needs are being met and strategies for delivering critical public health services to Connecticut communities. The panel discussion is hosted by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, as part of the state’s participation in the Aspen Institute’s Excellence in Public Health Law Program.
This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation webinar explores what communities across the country are doing to advance and transform public health.

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