In the Summer of 2010, the New Haven Health Department (NHHD) began to look at how to engage communities about societal factors that impact health (i.e., living conditions, transportation, employment status). With resources obtained through a grant from the Connecticut Association for Directors of Health and inspired by previous efforts in New Haven, the Visions of a Healthier New Haven campaign was launched and would become a precursor to Health Matters!
Through a joint effort of the NHHD, the Health Matters! Working Group, DataHaven and the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, two questions were asked of the New Haven community: “What is your vision for a healthier New Haven?” and “How do we build it?” Over 800 surveys and interviews were completed. New Haveners from all walks of life were represented. The report below reveals what New Haveners considered to be the vision and how to go about building it.