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Opinion: Shout out for ‘tremendous’ convening

(Norwalk ACTS)

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to the membership of Norwalk ACTS for a tremendous General Convening recently. The Convening highlighted just some of the outstanding work the membership is doing in support of children and their families in Norwalk.

First, we were able to welcome new and/or noteworthy attendees (I apologize if I missed anyone!) from a variety of different entities.  All have the potential to engage and align with our initiatives… including:

  • Gail Lavielle – State Representative

  • Anne Mead, Community Partnerships, Danbury Public Schools

  • Dr. Brenda Myers, Chief Academic Officer, NPS

  • Orlando Aquino, Community Outreach, Norwalk Community Health Center

  • Janeene Freeman, Director of Education and Youth Development, FCCF

  • Vernita Tertullien, Community Development Manager, Congressman Jim Himes Office

  • Prema Winn, Director of the Family Executive Center, Maritime Odyssey Preschool

  • Jennifer Hrbek LCSW, Executive Director, Positive Directions

  • Lisa Haas, Grants Director, Community Fund of Darien

Second, updates on specific work:

  • Prenatal to age three: work that is increasing the percentage of children in home-visiting programs from birth to age three who are developmentally on track.

  • Social Emotional: Multiple community partners spoke about the progress of their work and alignment within the Norwalk ACTS Social Emotional Initiative.

  • StriveTogether Investment: Two applications applied for by Norwalk ACTS in support of Social Emotional Initiative.

  • Transition Initiative: September 24th convening with Stamford C2C.

Our Spotlight Presentation was given by Theresa Argondezzi, Health Educator, Norwalk Health Department on: Health Enhancement Communities (HEC): Elevating Community Health in the Greater Norwalk Area

The Health Department and its partners in health and wellness are working with the state on the Health Enhancement Communities (HEC) project, which aims to make people and communities across the state healthier. The project is focused on preventing people from having poor health—not just waiting until people get sick, and it is focusing on child well-being and all people achieving a healthy (or healthier) weight. The Health Department is collecting feedback from the community about the project, and they’d like your feedback.

Please take about 6 minutes to complete the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HEC_NorwalkACTS. If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Argondezzi at [email protected].

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