community outreach

A large part of Hebrew Health Care's success in our first century results from our emphasis on becoming and staying connected with the community we serve.

An important way in which we connect with the community at large is through education and training. When health care professionals in the Greater Hartford area seek training in geriatrics and gerontology, they very often turn to Hebrew Health Care, a widely-recognized leader in senior health care. Physicians, pharmacists, dentists, registered nurses, social workers, nursing assistants, administrative personnel and therapists all receive clinical and academic training in our facility to better understand and address the special medical and psychosocial needs of older adults. We participate with 32 programs in 24 undergraduate and postgraduate domains in medicine alone. Our programs include the national training of ASCP and clinical rotations for a variety of local colleges and universities. We are particularly proud of our support for Connecticut Tutorials, a DVD to help physicians, medical students, and allied health workers learn additional bedside examination skills. (Please click here to learn more about Connecticut Tutorials.)

These programs provide the critical hands-on training that assures current and future generations of older adults that caring, compassionate and highly skilled healthcare professionals will be available to meet their specialized needs.

Many of the individuals receiving training in our programs are so inspired by our approach to geriatric medicine that they go on to make their career within our organization. And those who practice elsewhere nevertheless remain part of the Hebrew Health Care family through a steady stream of referrals, born of the superb training they received here.

Community Benefits Program

As a not-for-profit organization, our mission includes improving the health of seniors. We advance our mission by supporting groups and programs that benefit those in our spectrum of care and our community at large. Community Benefits embodies furthering our mission, helping our community, and leaving a legacy of caring.

Listed below are some highlights of our community benefits program initiatives.

The Need: "The degree of the geriatrician shortage is staggering. An anticipated 36,000 geriatricians will be needed by 2030, whereas the absolute number of geriatricians actually decreased from 9,256 in 1998 to 6,435 in 2005."
American Board of Medical Specialties

Response: Hebrew Health Care provided clinical education to 133 medical students, interns, residents and geriatric fellows in FY 2009. 3,582.5 staff physician hours were required to support this education.

 

The Need:"The degree of the geriatrician shortage is staggering. An anticipated 36,000 geriatricians will be needed by 2030, whereas the absolute number of geriatricians actually decreased from 9,256 in 1998 to 6,435 in 2005."
American Board of Medical Specialties

Response: Hebrew Health Care provided clinical education to 100 medical students, interns, residents and geriatric fellows in FY 2010. 3,126 staff physician hours were required to support this education.

The Need: "There are 1,081 openings for registered nurses per year, 535 annual openings for nursing aides and 294 openings a year for licensed practical nurses. By 2014, the demand for registered nurses will have grown by 13%, the demand for aides will be up 9% and the state will need 16% more licensed practical nurses." Connecticut Department of Labor

Response: Hebrew Health Care provided clinical education and supervision to 91 nursing students and 80 Nursing Assistants working on their certificates in FY 2010. 46,645 nursing hours were required to support this education.

All together, Hebrew Health Care provided education to 350 students across 10 disciplines, utilizing a total of 10,571.50 staff hours.

The Need:

  • 67% of older adults have significant concerns about their physical health
  • 58% have concerns about their emotional well-being
  • 56.3% report experiencing significant loneliness
  • 53% are concerned about safety in their homes
  • 30.2% need meals and nutritional advice
  • 83% of caregivers never or seldom attend caregiver support groups
  • 37% report they never or seldom get help with care giving
  • 27% get enough sleep only sometimes
  • 20% report they feel angry as a caregiver often or almost always
  • 30% do not have a good idea of the services available to help caregivers

Area Agency on Aging
Statewide Needs Assessment for Hartford County

Response: Hebrew Health Care raised $1,000.00 to support the CT. Chapter, Alzheimer's Association through participation in the Memory Walk. Staff provided 20 different community education programs that reached approximately 80,000 people. This required 412 staff hours. Many of the programs reached large numbers of people through the "For Health, For Life" public access TV program hosted by Hebrew Health Care and the "Living Well CT" radio show as well as the West Hartford Elder Health Broadcast.

The Need:

  • 10% of the United States population, or 26 million people, rely on private, charitable food assistance
  • 10% of the Greater Hartford population, or 100,000 people, rely on this assistance
  • 40% of the people who visit local food pantries and community kitchens are children
  • 10% of our senior citizens are unable to meet their basic food needs
  • 27% of the households that need food assistance have at least one employed adult
  • 75% of those receiving food assistance have incomes below the federal poverty level

Foodshare, Inc.

Response: Hebrew Health Care employees spent 26 hours collecting 450 lbs. of food and raised $475.00 for FoodShare. Hebrew Health Care will continue to partner with Foodshare to sponsor food drives to help replenish pantry shelves and raise more funds for the coming fiscal year.

Hebrew Health Care employees also participated in a Non-Food Drive for the benefit of local pantries. Staff collected nine large boxes as well as $15.00 in donations.

Click here for comprehensive 2010 Community Benefits Report.