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The Fall 2021 issue of Impact is published. Download your copy here


Stories from the Fall 2021 Impact

Wheeler is committed to provided convenient, accessible care to residents of Bristol and surrounding communities. A story from our Fall 2021 Impact newsletter, as well as updated content, provide details.
A collaboration between Wheeler and Harc, Inc., a Hartford-based non-profit that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), will continue for another year, thanks to a new, one-year $50,000 S.M.I.L.E. Grant from the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation.
There’s a lot happening at Wheeler’s community health center at 855 Lakewood Road in Waterbury, and a recent two-part special event helped to underscore this point
Free food, family activities, music, and other seasonal treats were part of a Fall Festival and Health Fair at the Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center, 855 Lakewood Road, Waterbury, on October 20.
The CNA Excellence in the Workplace Award recognizes a workplace that has achieved an environment that 'empowers nurses, promotes professional autonomy and control over nursing practice.'
Wheeler has received a five-year, $625,000 federal Mental Health Awareness Training Emergency Services (MHAT-ES) grant to deliver Mental Health First Aid training to emergency services and other frontline personnel across Connecticut.
Wheeler Chief Financial Officer Athena Dellas Szczesniak, MBA received a 2021 C-Suite Award from Hartford Business Journal.
Wheeler has received a two-year, $5-million federal grant to expand mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults through its community health centers in Bristol, Hartford, New Britain, Plainville, and Waterbury.
Connecticut Children's is leading a collaboration with nearly twenty organizations, including Wheeler, on a five-year, cross-sector effort designed to improve the lives of children in North Hartford under a new $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Wheeler has received a five-year, $2.6-million federal grant to expand and enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and recovery supports for adults in Waterbury with opioid use disorders.
On Wednesday, September 15, more than 130 golfers, sponsors, and volunteers participated in Wheeler’s 36th Annual Golf Classic, presented by Mutual of America Financial Group, at the Country Club of Farmington, raising $52,000 to support individuals and families in care through Wheeler’s Basic Needs Fund.
Our dear partners at the Mott Corporation joined the Connecticut Clearinghouse, other Wheeler staff, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and advocates from across the state to place 1,374 white flags along the south walkway of the State Capitol.

We are delighted to introduce our first issue of Impact (Spring 2021), which highlights the many ways we are making a difference in our communities. A list of stories and links are listed below. Download your copy here.impact-thumb.jpg


Stories from the Spring 2021 Impact

Individuals and families in New Britain and surrounding communities will soon have access to expanded care in one convenient location. Wheeler’s New Britain community health center at 75 North Mountain Road is moving on June 21 to 40 Hart Street, and an expanded array of health care services will now be available to people of all ages.
Thanks to the support of our community, nearly $8,000 was raised in January-March matching gift challenge, exceeding the $5,000 goal by 60%! The original donor was so impressed with the outpouring of support that they matched the full $8,000 amount raised. From their initial gift and the match campaign, $26,000 has been raised in support of patient fitness and wellness.
Rebecca Eleck, MD, primary care medical director, talks with Jenny Boom Boom and DJ Meechie from Hot 93.7, discussing the importance of getting vaccinated for COVID, the differences between the different vaccines and COVID variants, and how to keep yourself safe.
Our community health centers offer safe, compassionate in-person care, including walk-in hours for behavioral health, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM–3:30 PM. Wheeler's Reggie Harris, integrated care supervisor, explains how we support our patients when we meet face to face.
Wheeler’s 36th Annual Golf Classic, presented by Mutual of America Financial Group, happens on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at The Country Club of Farmington.
There is a pressing need for foster families in Connecticut and Wheeler is hosting two virtual informational sessions and a 10-week course for individuals interested in fostering a child or youth in Connecticut
A $100,000 gift is funding the creation of a specialized service to provide transgender adolescents and young adults with peer support, medical care, and gender-responsive therapy. “Walk With Me” will launch this spring at Wheeler’s community health centers in Plainville and Hartford. It is an outpatient treatment track for LGBTQ+-identifying young people ages 10-25.
“Time to Thrive,” an innovative, four-week intensive outpatient program is offered at Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center at 91 Northwest Drive in Plainville.
Wheeler’s clinicians have expanded capacity for treating children and youth with behavioral health issues and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and providing support for their families, thanks to an in-depth behavioral health skills training through The Center for Children with Special Needs and support from the Wheeler Innovation Fund.
As part of an initiative funded by the City of Hartford and coordinated by the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center in Hartford is hosting public vaccination events this winter and launching an awareness campaign around the need for flu and COVID-19 vaccination in the capital city.
A three-year, $2.7 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) will facilitate and expand family-based addiction treatment and other services for pregnant and postpartum women with histories of substance use disorders.
If there's anything we've learned from the past year, it's the power of--and need for--community, particularly communities that work together for a better future that is focused on wellness, justice, and peace for all. Wheeler's new tagline, COMMUNITY | HEALTH | CARE, reflects all of these.
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