NEWINGTON - Local health officials hope to centralize their outreach by late next year.
The Central Connecticut Health District has been considering the move for a few years now but is finally setting a deadline goal. Serving over 98,000 residents in the towns of Newington, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Berlin, the CCHD is the public health authority for the region.
Staff and volunteers addressed Newington officials at a recent meeting of the Town Council, updating them on the last year’s activities and future endeavors.
“Going forward we’re looking at consolidating our offices into one site by late 2018,” Health Director Charles Brown told the group.
The CCHD currently has outposts in each of its towns, with main operations in Wethersfield Town Hall.
In the past year alone, the district conducted close to 1,900 inspections of food service establishments, temporary events, salons and pool facilities.
The small, dedicated staff joined about 50 volunteers in administering over 2,000 flu shots at several clinics in the last few months.
Another community outreach function is the Putting on Airs program. This focuses primarily on asthma in youth.
Working groups are also tackling the use of opioid drugs, specifically prevention, treatment, response, recovery and how it all relates to statewide abuse.
Over the summer local residents participated in the CCHD’s annual Walking Competition, which pitted the towns against each other in cumulative footstep counting for one month.
For the second year in a row, Berlin earned the top spot.
Wethersfield had the highest number of participants and was presented a participation award at the awards ceremony.
“We want people to get out and walk,” said Judy Sartucci, chairwoman of the CCHD’s Board of Health.
“That’s how you prevent disease and improve overall health.”
The district will celebrate its 20th year running as it moves into 2018.
Town councilors thanked representatives for updating them on activities and goals at the recent meeting.
“Every year there’s one or two more things I learn,” Deputy Mayor Beth Delbuono said.
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