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Hospital awarded two grants totaling $25,000 toward Medical-Legal Partnership Project

New Britain [October 10 2013] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) has been awarded two grants totaling $25,000 for its Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP) with the Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA).

Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin Inc. provided a $20,000 grant toward program expenses and The Farmington Bank Community Foundation contributed $5,000.

Both grants are the first awarded to the hospital by the respective organizations. The hospital’s MLPP program, founded in 2008, helps ensure that low-income children throughout the area receive optimal medical care. To date, the program has helped hundreds of at-risk children throughout Greater New Britain, which includes the towns of Bristol, Southington, Plainville and Berlin.

Through MLPP, the hospital works with the CCA, a Connecticut non-profit agency that provides legal services for at-risk children. HOCC pediatricians and the center’s MLPP attorneys help low-income children lead healthier lives by improving access to healthcare and resolving issues such as substandard housing. Other concerns they address include disability and other basic need benefits, utility issues, Medicaid and HUSKY concerns, and educational rights.

“The collaborative project between the Pediatrics Department at The Hospital of Central Connecticut and the CCA is aimed at improving the health outcomes of low income and other at-risk children within the Greater New Britain area,” says Nagwa Khadr, M.D., chief of Pediatrics. HOCC is grateful to both The Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin and the Farmington Bank Community Foundation for these grants, says Khadr, which provide an additional way the hospital, with CCA, serves the community.

Jay Sicklick, director of the CCA’s Medical-Legal Partnership Project, says CCA is “tremendously grateful” for the two grants that will allow the partnership to continue to assist some of the most vulnerable children and families in Greater New Britain.

“There are so many families whose children suffer from medical issues that can be alleviated with our help,” he says. “Poverty should not be a roadblock to the health and well-being of children and families. Being on site at the hospital, and working with and training affiliated faculty of HOCC gives patients and practitioners easy access to legal services that can provide real relief.”

“The collaboration of the Medical-Legal Partnership Project and The Hospital of Central Connecticut is all about medical professionals and lawyers working together for better health outcomes for families,” says Bonnie Roswig, senior staff attorney of the CCA’s Medical-Legal Partnership Project and the on-site attorney at HOCC. “The grants are really wonderful assists to the community.”

For more information about MLPP program eligibility, please call Roswig at 860-545-8581.

The Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin Inc., founded in 1919, is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. The Farmington Bank Community Foundation is the charitable arm of First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Farmington Bank. Its mission is to help improve the economic viability and well-being of residents and their communities in central Connecticut.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900 X6507














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