Month: January 2011

School of Social Work Alum Appointed Director of Constituent Services for the Connecticut Office of Attorney General

Cindy Dubuque, MSW, was appointed by Attorney General George Jepsen as Director of Constituent Services for the Connecticut Office of Attorney General. Dubuque will handle constituent complaints and work with the office’s 14 departments to streamline the complaint process.

Cindy Dubuque, MSW
Director of Constituent Services
Connecticut Office of Attorney General

In addition, she will provide guidance and support to the Attorney General on various policy issues and will oversee the internship, senior volunteers and work-study programs.

UConn School of Social Work Alum Premieres Musical Work Honoring Martin Luther King

After receiving a MSW in policy and planning from the UConn School of Social Work, Lara Herscovitch worked in the United States, Latin America, and Asia on behalf of disadvantaged individuals, focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice.

A gifted musician, her appreciation for the importance of cultural diversity and global issues is reflected in her award-winning music. She was named Connecticut State Troubadour for 2009-2010.

Herscovitch’s song, “Letters From A Ghost” will be premiered at this year’s Manchester MLK Day celebration sponsored by the Manchester Youth Service Bureau. The program will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 17, in the auditorium of Manchester High School.

Article By: Sheila Foran
UConn Today

Dr. Medina Appointed to CT Commission on Health Equity

Dr. Catherine Medina has been appointed as a member of the State of Connecticut Commission on Health Equity. The commission was established to eliminate disparities in health status based on race, ethnicity, and linguistic ability and to improve the quality of health for all state residents. Dr. Medina will serve on the policy committee which is responsible to determine whether state policies, procedures, activities and resources allocated can help actualize the elimination of health disparities to improve the quality of health for all state residents.

Dr. Catherine Medina

The policy committee develops and recommends a plan of action based on data and findings from surveys and from the Department of Public Health status disparities performance measures. The committee works closely with the legislative body to promote policies and regulations that ensure health equity for vulnerable populations. In the coming years a major task of the committee will be to collaborate with key stakeholders on implementing the National Health Care Reform bill to be responsive to racial and ethnic health equity.

Governor Malloy Names Jeannette DeJesús Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, Special Advisor to the Governor on Healthcare Reform

Governor Dan Malloy announced that Jeannette DeJesús will join his administration in a cabinet-level position, as both the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Health and Special Advisor to the Governor on Healthcare Reform.

Jeannette DeJesús Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, Special Advisor to the Governor on Healthcare Reform

DeJesús is a member of the SSW Dean’s Advisory Board and the Vice President of the Connecticut Hospital Association, where she has led advocacy efforts and helped to develop effective strategies for implementing national healthcare reform, particularly with regard to special populations. Prior to her time there, DeJesús spent eight years as the President and CEO of the Hispanic Health Council.

“We won’t be able to create new jobs or keep the ones we have until we address the rising cost of healthcare in a serious way,” said Governor Malloy. “I’m looking to Jeannette to make sense of the federal healthcare reform legislation and find smart, strategic ways to implement it here in Connecticut to increase affordability and access.”

“I’m excited to begin this new chapter in my career, and I’m honored to have Governor Malloy’s confidence,” said DeJesús. “We need to make sure that everyone – individuals, small companies and large corporations – know and understand the new rules and regulations and we need to make sure we’re implementing the new law to help increase access and affordability for Connecticut residents. I’m looking forward to working with Governor Malloy and his team on these and other issues.”