Generations Family Health Center | Willimantic, Norwich, Putnam and Danielson CT

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Health Education

Health Education Services Offered

Generations Family Health Center, Inc.'s Health Education Department helps connect our patients to the resources they need to live a healthier life. The Health Education Department does this by providing:

  • Care Coordination to help with referrals, appointments and resources in the community and at Generations
  • Assistance with applying for health insurance coverage, including HUSKY
  • Health Education (Group Sessions and One on One)
  • Assistance with accessing transportation resources
  • Outreach Services to bring healthcare out into the community
  • Home Visitation
  • Parenting Education

Programs:

Our bilingual staff offer these services at each of our four health center sites and in the community through outreach and home visits.
Currently, we have programs for the following:

  • Uninsured and underinsured
  • Children and youth with special healthcare needs (autism, asthma, diabetes, development issues etc)
  • Pregnant women and their families
  • People living in transitional situations or at risk for doing so
    (homeless, shelters, programs)
  • Agricultural farm workers and their families
  • Parents of Children 0-6


Health Insurance Eligibility Screening and Application Services for the Uninsured and Underinsured:

Our Health Education Department assists patients and community members with getting insurance coverage. Care Coordinators at Generations are available to meet with both patients and community members who do not have health coverage or have limited health coverage benefits. These eligibility specialists will assist with applying for the state funded HUSKY Health program. (HUSKY Health is the State of Connecticut's public health coverage program for eligible children, parents, relative caregivers, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, adults without children, and pregnant women.)

Children up to age 19 may qualify regardless of family income level. The Care Coordinators will work with each individual and family to determine which program is a good fit and help to complete the application. They can also grant immediate HUSKY insurance coverage for eligible children, pregnant women and for the HUSKY Limited Family Planning benefits, on behalf of the Department of Social Services.

In addition, Care Coordinators are knowledgeable about other health programs and funds for those without health coverage who may not be eligible for HUSKY Health and will link them to resources for medication assistance, preventive health screening programs or other health services they may need.

Uninsured and underinsured pregnant women and children are assisted with applications for the state funded medical insurance program, HUSKY Health. Through Healthy Start services it is possible for pregnant women and children to receive immediate Presumptive Eligibility HUSKY Health benefits the day they apply. Pregnancy and pediatric outreach is available via home visits and at community locations. This program is funded by the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services.

Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program:

The Eastern CT Medical Home Initiative for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs at Generations provides care coordination services to children and youth up to age 21 with special health care needs and their families/caregivers. Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs have additional health and related service needs beyond that required for children in general and through this program families/caregivers can receive information and supports.

Our Generations' Care Coordinators work with children's healthcare providers throughout Windham County to link children and families to medical, educational, family support, health insurance, advocates, and other community-based services. They also can meet with families in the office, during a home visit or at a community site. Help applying for respite and extended service funds is also available. Bilingual services are available. This program is funded by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Parenting Education Programs:

Nurturing Families Network Program

Generations' Nurturing Families Network program is a FREE voluntary program that provides parenting support, guidance and assistance to new parents. This program consists of three components:

Nurturing Connections: Provides telephone support for new parents and their children up to 6 months old.

Nurturing Families Play Groups: bring parents together to reduce isolation and provide age appropriate play and resources.

Nurturing Families Fatherhood Initiative: We have a dedicated male home visitor that works with dad and/or male caregivers.

Generations Nurturing Families Network offers monthly playgroups that focus on paretns meeting new people. Every month the playgroup focuses on parent and child engagement through fun activities that include crafts, music, story- time and active play.

Services for People Living in Transition:

The Healthcare to the Homeless Program at Generations, provides funding for primary healthcare and linkages to a health care home through ongoing case management and outreach provided at our health center sites and at locations in the community for people whose primary barrier to care is lack of permanent housing. Our Care Coordinators establish scheduled hours at local shelters, soup kitchens, housing projects and agencies to provide immediate access to health services for people sleeping on the street, in shelters, residing in substandard housing or transitional programs, or doubled up with others temporarily. This Program is funded by the Federal Bureau of Primary Care.

Farm Workers Program:

Generations has partnered with The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to operate The Connecticut River Valley Farm Worker Health Program. Through this program Generations provides primary care health services to qualified migrant and seasonal farm workers working in the Connecticut River Valley. We conduct outreach at the local farms and provide access to the following services to improve the quality of life of the farm worker and his/her family:

  • Primary Health Care
  • Preventative medical and dental care
  • Health Education
  • Prescription medicines

Outreach Services:

Generations Family Health Center not only provides healthcare and health education on site but also provide these services out in the community to promote healthier lifestyles. 

 

STAFF:

Generations employs bilingual, culturally competent staff. Health Education staff work closely with clinicians at Generations and alongside community partners to make sure that individuals and families seeking healthcare have an advocate to assist with navigating the system and obtaining the care they want or need.

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Contact Us
Willimantic (860) 450-7471
Behavioral Health Services/Willimantic (860) 450-0585
Danielson (860) 774-7501
Norwich (860) 885-1308
Putnam (860) 963-7917

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).