WNPR’s Health Equity Forum Addressing the Question “How Healthy Is Connecticut?” Will Be Broadcast on "Where We Live"

Release Date: 05/15/2014

The Forum’s Town Hall-Style Conversation Will Air on WNPR’s Original Talk Show Where We Live on Tuesday, May 27 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., with Repeat Airings on Tuesday, June 24 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 21, WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio will hold its third WNPR Health Equity Forum, presented in partnership with the Connecticut Health Foundation. The event, which will be held at WNPR’s Hartford headquarters, will feature a town hall-style conversation that will be recorded for and broadcast on WNPR’s Where We Live, and hosted by John Dankosky. This special episode of Where We Live will air on Tuesday, May 27 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., with repeat airings on Tuesday, June 24 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The topic covered for the program will be “How Healthy Is Connecticut?” The discussion will include findings of the Connecticut Health Care Survey, a population-based assessment of the health and health care of Connecticut residents with a focus on patient perceptions and experiences. This household survey was funded by the Connecticut Health Funders Collaborative. Its findings provide consumer insight into:

• Access to health insurance and health care prior to health reform
• Health inequities in communities of color
• Where Connecticut is exceling in children’s health and where the state still has opportunities to improve

The Health Equity Forum panel discussion will be presented in two parts. The first will focus on the broad findings of the survey, and the second will focus specifically on issues of children’s health.
Funding for the Connecticut Health Care Survey was provided by the Aetna Foundation, Children’s Fund of Connecticut, Connecticut Health Foundation, Foundation for Community Health, The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation and Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. The survey was developed and conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Health Policy and Research.

The WNPR Health Equity Forum is presented as part of the station’s Health Equity Project, sponsored by the Connecticut Health Foundation. The WNPR Health Equity Project strives to create awareness and advance health equity among Connecticut residents, businesses, the educational community, the health care sector, community leaders and policymakers around the issue of the health disparities that exist in Connecticut. For more information, visit WNPR.org.

About WNPR
WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. As part of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN), WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. WNPR has also been the recipient of many esteemed awards, including two George Foster Peabody Awards, five Ohio State Awards, two Gracie Allen Awards and over 50 Associated Press Awards, including eight Mark Twain Awards for Overall Station Excellence. WNPR’s award-winning local programming lineup includes The Faith Middleton Show, Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. CPBN also includes CPTV, a media service that is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit WNPR.org.

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