New Quarters for Southwestern AHEC!

Great NEWS!

Southwestern AHEC has moved to new, larger quarters!

Our new address is:

5 Research Drive, 2nd Fl.
Shelton, CT 06484
Phone:  203 372-5503
Fax:  203 513-2834 (new)

We look forward to your visit!

Meredith, Joan, and Millie

Connecticut’s Community Health Workers – White Paper


Connecticut’s Community Health Workers

“Hot off the press!”   White paper that discusses the status of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Connecticut in 2014.  Heinrich Consulting, aka Deb Heinrich, Ph.D., completed this research in August 2014 by contacting various employers, state agencies, community health centers, philanthropic organizations, community health workers, and community-based agencies to get information about how CHWs are utilized and recognized, where they work, what they do, their successes, and how they can be utilized in the future.  Read this exciting report!  Click on the link above!

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Last day for Open Enrollment with Access Health CT

March 31st is the Last Day for Enrollment for Access Health CT!

March 31st is the Last Day for Enrollment for Access Health CT!


Fairfield County residents who do not have health care coverage can shop and compare plans 24/7 at or call the AHCT call center at 1‐855‐805-HEALTH (4325). The call center staff has representatives Monday, March 31 from 8:00 AM to midnight.

The Fairfield County Navigator Organization for Access Health CT, Southwestern AHEC, has several enrollment events for those who are trying to sign up for health insurance before the deadline of midnight, March 31st.  They are:

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM           Danbury Public Danbury, 170 Main Street, Danbury

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM           GBAPP, 1470 Barnum Avenue, Bridgeport

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM           AmeriCares, 88 Hamilton Avenue, Stamford

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM           Optimus Health Care, 982 E Main Street, Bridgeport

11:00 AM – 7:30 PM          Southwest Community Health Center, 968 Fairfield Avenue, Bpt.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM          Norwalk Community Health Center, 120 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk

WHAT information do I need to bring for enrollment?

  • Birthdates for all family members who need coverage
  •  Social Security Numbers for all family members who need coverage (or document numbers for legal immigrants)
  •  Citizenship or immigration status and certificate of naturalization, if applicable
  •  Tax returns for previous years
  •  Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, employer’s EIN number, pay stubs and W-2 – wages and tax statements)
  •  Health care coverage information (policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household

For additional information regarding the NIPA events, visit, or call Millie Seguinot, Fairfield County Key Navigator Staff at 203 338-1291203 338-1291.

 After March 31, residents will only be able to obtain coverage under these plans under special circumstances, such as marriage, divorce, birth, adoption or loss of insurance coverage from an employer.  Consumers must sign up for coverage or receive an exemption from coverage by March 31, 2014 to avoid a tax penalty.  For 2014, the federal government will assess a penalty of 1 percent of gross household income over the federal income tax filing threshold or $95 per individual, whichever amount is greater.


2013 National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine Scholarship Recipients!!!

Great news!!!! YHSC members,  Jaydeen Sewell (right, third person from the left) from Central High school and Athanasios (Sakis) Panolis (below, middle) from Stratford High School, were both selected to receive the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine Scholarship!!!!! This was an opportunity granted through a partnership between University of Bridgeport and Southwest AHEC. Southwest YHSC coordinators designed an application process and opened up this opportunity to the 4 high schools they serve in. Although the two chosen candidates were up against many other competitors, their application and personality is what granted them this 10 day all expense paid trip to New York this upcoming summer! They will have the oppotunity to enjoy New York’s finest Hospitals and Med Schools while shadowing the most prestigious Dr.’s and Nurses; they will even view surgeries, and check vital signs! Congrats to the both of them, we’re sure this will be an experience you both will never forget

Stratford High Students Present Projects to Upperclassmen!

onday, January 7, 2013, Health/Medical Career students at Stratford High presented their 1st semester service learning projects to seniors at the high school. Their presentations were very informative, and taught the seniors information, statistics, and facts they had never heard before! The YHSC members as well as the senior audience really enjoyed these presentations as topics relevant to teenagers were thoroughly discussed; bullying, teen drunk driving, tanning, teen pregnancy, etc

Service Learning Project Presentations; Teen Drunk Driving, Teen Pregnancy, Bullying

n Thursday, December 20, 2012, YHSC members in their Health/Medical Careers class had great success with their service learning project presentations. Students discussed topics such as Bullying, Teen Pregnancy, Teen Drink Driving, STDs, etc to students in the school. These were presented to spread awareness about social/health issues that are prevalent among teenagers in an effort to get students to make healthier choices when faced with common teenage obstacles


Harding Students Present Service Learning Project on Healthy Choices

On Tuesday, December 18, 2012, YHSC members in their Health/Medical Careers class had great success with their service learning project presentations. Students discussed topics such as Bullying, Teen Pregnancy, Gang Violence, etc to students in the school. These were presented to spread awareness about social/health issues that are prevalent among teenagers in an effort to get students to make healthier choices when faced with common teenage obstacles.


Connecticut's Insurance Marketplace Opens! Navigating in Fairfield County

Southwestern AHEC Provides Assistance in Navigating the Insurance Marketplace!

As Access Health CT (, Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, opened for business yesterday, Southwestern AHEC was busy communicating with the Assisters in Fairfield county in developing education and  sharing marketing materials.   The initial focus for Assisters is to “Educate and Engage” CT consumers – so that they can understand what health insurance options the Affordable Care Act can provide.

As the Navigator organization for Fairfield County, we will be working to:

  • provide training and resources for Assisters
  • Act as a resource to the Assisters, answering technical questions and providing regional support for events and other activities
  • Be knowledgeable about Medicaid and the insurance and subsidies offered through Access Health CT
  • Conduct public education activities about Access Health CT so that more people know what is available and how to access it
  • Help people select and enroll in health insurance
  • Refer people to the right place if they have questions or concerns

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For more information, contact Millie Seguinot, Navigator Key Staff for Fairfield County at 203-372-5503 or


YHSC Alumni shares experience being in YHSC Program!

Alumni Jenny Louis shares her experiences being in the program, and how it has impacted her!

To the YHSC coordinators and students:

Hello everyone! I hope this school year is going well for you all and that you are learning a lot through the Youth Health Service Corps program!

First off, I should introduce myself: My name is Jenny Louis and like you all, I was a member of YHSC when I attended Warren Harding Medical Careers Magnet High School, which was around August 2007 to June 2011. I was first acquainted with YHSC as a freshmen in the Medical Magnet and throughout my four years in high school, I remained an active participant in the YHSC program. Through Youth Health Service Corps, I was able to build a foundation for my future profession in the health field. I was able to obtain CPR/First Aid training and get certified and in my senior year, I was able to participate in a service project, teaching 7th graders about STIs. These are just some of the countless things this program has helped me achieve and hopefully, it did so to for the other students who were in it with me.

Currently, I am a sophomore at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. I am majoring in Health Sciences leading to my doctorate in Physical therapy (I’m in the 3+3 program, meaning that I do 3 years of undergraduate study and then 3 years of graduate study to obtain my DPT) and I also have a minor in Psychology. College life is stressful, but worth it, especially when you are doing something you love.

I feel as though the Medical Magnet and YHSC programs have also played a part in me feeling secure about the profession I am going for now. Though I knew what I wanted to be for the last 13  years of my life, without these two programs introducing me to other health professions and how vital the medical/health field is, I wouldn’t be able to say that I am a 100% sure that I want to be a physical therapist.

So in conclusion, hopefully you guys will take full advantage of the program and explore what professions are appealing to you and what qualities you possess that would make you a good fit to whatever you chose to do.  I know that high school just like college is a very stressful time where you have to constantly adjust yourself; but by putting forth the effort and willingness to succeed in all you do, you will make it very far, and I hope that all of you do in school, life and in the Youth Health Service Corps program. J

Sincerely a YHSC Alum,

Jenny Louis

Health Professions Students – Become a Mentor!

Make a difference in shaping our future health care!

The Stratford Public High Schools invite your participation in their successful ELECTRONIC MENTORING PROGRAM.

The Mentees:  Stratford and Bunnell High School students

The Mentors:  Quinnipiac University Health Professions students and other CT health care professionals

Framework:     Once/week correspondence via e-mail

Timeframe:      10 weeks beginning February 10, 2012

Benefits for the high school student:

  • Gain new perspectives on a wide range of health careers
  • Gain knowledge of skills required for specific careers
  • Attain awareness of the world of work
  • Make connection between school and career
  • Make informed academic and career decisions
  • Begin to form a network of professionals

Benefits for the mentor:

  • Make connections between the business and educational communities
  • Contribute to the growth and development of tomorrow’s workforce
  • Be more appreciative of youth from diverse backgrounds
  • Gain the satisfaction of having positively affected a young person’s life!

Structured weekly topics include:

  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Employability Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Adaptability & Flexibility
  • Initiative & Self Direction
  • Leadership & Responsibility
  • Job Retention & Growth

Questions?      Call…..

Diane Christiano, Stratford Public Schools:  203.385.4281 or

Joan Lane, Southwestern AHEC:  203.372.5503 or

Ready to sign on as an E-Mentor?    Make that phone call!


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