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Posted on: April 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] April 5-11, 2021: National Public Health Week

Public Health - Prevent, Promote, Protect

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the week of April 5-11, 2021 is National Public Health Week. This year’s theme is “Building Bridges to Better Health”; and

WHEREAS, we celebrate and recognize the important contributions Public Health Workers make to safeguard the health, safety, and well-being of their communities; and 

WHEREAS,  in addition to providing health services, the Trumbull Health Department is active within the community, educating and promoting practices that may prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus; and  

WHEREAS, In the midst of the most challenging public health crisis of our lifetimes, it's more important than ever to celebrate public health; and  

WHEREAS, the Trumbull Health Department staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past year to protect their fellow residents from the spread of COVID-19; and                                                      

WHEREAS, in the year 2021, we recognize the value and dedicated commitment of the Trumbull Public Health Professionals by designating National Public Health Week in the month of April. 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Vicki A. Tesoro, by virtue of the authority vested in me as First Selectman of the Town of Trumbull, Connecticut, do hereby proclaim April 5-11, 2021, as 

NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Town of Trumbull to be affixed on the 5th day of April, 2021.

 Vicki A. Tesoro, First Selectman

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Dedication and Collaboration Successes During a Public Health Crisis         

 Over the past year, the alliances and partnerships among Public Health professionals and volunteers have been paramount in helping the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This year in particular, it is even more appropriate to acknowledge both Public Health professionals and volunteers during the month of April.               

Each year, National Public Health Week is celebrated from April 5th through April 11th and acknowledges the contributions that Public Health professionals have made to keep our communities healthy.  In the midst of the most challenging public health crisis ever faced, it is more important than ever to celebrate achievements in public health.              

This year’s Public Health Week theme, “Building Bridges to Better Health” accentuates the importance of resiliency, rebuilding and strengthening communities, particularly after a pandemic.  As the Public Health workforce continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been given the responsibility to adapt to emerging public health needs and trends.  While the pandemic has taken center stage over the last year, Public Health professionals are still being tasked with providing necessary and essential health services to the communities they serve.  As staff and budget constraints continue to effect local health departments, dedicated Public Health professionals and volunteers have stepped up to ensure that community public health needs are met.             

The week of April 18th through April 24th is National Volunteer Week and an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s challenges and build stronger communities. Each year, we take this time to celebrate people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time to make a difference in their communities.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers unselfishly gave up their time to help others and fill in the gaps where staffing was needed to fulfill crucial public health services.             

One cannot underestimate the contribution volunteers make in any operation. They give their precious time and talents even when they know they will get nothing in return. The current pandemic was no exception in shining the light on those volunteers who stepped up to support Public Health professionals when resources and staff were most scarce.             

 Without the collaborative efforts of volunteers and Public Health professionals within our community, essential services, such as prevention and surveillance of COVID-19 could not have been accomplished in the capacity in which it was.  Particularly, the COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been a monumental success within our community.  With the collaboration between Public Health professionals and volunteers, the town of Trumbull has now vaccinated more than 7000 people.              

Our staff and volunteers have devoted countless hours and have worked around the clock to keep our community safe and stop the spread of COVID-19.   As we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, particularly, during the month of April, please take the time to acknowledge all of the Public Health professionals and volunteers for their dedication and professionalism.  It is because of their efforts that our community has persevered during this pandemic.  Let’s continue to recognize and foster the relationships between Public Health professionals and volunteers and applaud their dedication to our community.   

 Warm Regards,
Luci Bango, REHS, MPH
Trumbull Director of Health 

The Trumbull Health Department would like to extend their gratitude to the following staff and volunteers. If not for their dedication and services, we would never have been able to achieve such a monumental success in offering the COVID-19 vaccine:

THD Volunteers

George Crandall, Max Cousins, Trevor Jacozzi, Phoenix Goodman, Elika Golara, Dwight Ely, Adrienne Prandi, Judy Doyle, Georgia Elizondo

MRC

Carole Elizondo, Pedro Elizondo, Paul Wettenstein, Lya Schulz, Jeff Scholl, Olivia Orofifer, Eva Murphy, Geri Budd, Shery Watson, Christine (Dixie) Douvill, Gina Terkildsen, Linda Theriault, Wayne Theriault, Sofia Pendley, Elizabeth Raccuia, RN, Sheila Heineken, Kim Matakevich, Sarah Korpak, APRN, Terri Soltis, APRN, Kate Lynch, Michele Maloy, Theresa Cyan, Kathryn Bakerq, Chris Porter, Jennifer Fox, Trees Whitbeck, Linda Scanlon, Lisa Squibb, Maureen Shatnuck, Peggy Quinn Begley, Nicholas Iannorone, Rick Heineken, MD, Madeline Plumb, Christa Johnson, MD, Elisabeth Kelly Angela Chlebowski, Loren Williamson, Cathy Farrell, Stefania Agliano, Helena Sastram, Shelly Wolff, Kim Foito, Lisa Moutinho, Debbie Kellner, Angela Tuason, Constance Glenn, Diane Pospisil, Michael Pospisil, Caroline Moretti, Patrick Howard, Krista Watson, Lisa Oko, Susan Kaplan, Lauren Samperi

School Nurses

Jeanne Hoggatt, Stephanie Sullivan, Kim Siemon, Brenda Chamale, Annie Dino, Mairead Keating, Tracy McCullough, Patty Gold, Marie Ely, Aimee Mueller, Kathy Allen, Merry Joy Naeher-Olson, Christine Daigle, Kim Aquino, Ileana San Pietro, Terri Mastriani, Lynn Steinbrick, Adele Russell

CERT

Frank Pickman, John Knapp, Mike Gravitz, Richard Mayo, Jeffrey Kunkel, Saras Salankar, Jacob DeSanto, Rob Cohane, Frank DeSanto, Ken Beck, Cindy Istvan, Julie Peters, Steve Miller, John Karpowich, Tim Ryan Sr., Tim Ryan Jr., Derek Sterling, Jenn Gillis, Jeanne Gibbs, Vishal Javob, Paul Ferencz, Steve Cousins

Moms' Group

Christine Corsi, Ashley Balestriere, Elena Kokosa, Christina McElroy, Katlyn McBergin, Susan Homes, Carol Pisani, Cindy Treacy, Marian Baxter, Michelle Hirshfield, Shannon Pranger, RN, Daniel Hirshfield

EMS

Barbara Crandall, Robert Heilbrinn, Alan Bensen, Hannah Murphy, Maria Chappa, Shirley Mayo, Dick Mayo, Sarah Angelo, Timothy Farrelly, Janet Freeburg, Karl Klass, Jen DiJoseph, Oishani Basuchoudary, Vimratha Teepireddy, Curt Robinson, Cayla Giannitelli, John Notarfrancesco, Charlie Hoffmann, Maggie Parisi, Michael Santiana, James Bieger

Town

Leigh Goodman, Megan Murphy, Andy Kingsbury, Sam Cousins, Taylor Pennino, Luci Bango, Shaquasha Andrews, Sue Jacozzi, Jen Kegan, Amanda Ahern, Tori Benoit

Student Nurses

Megan Folchick (UCONN), Samantha Jerrild (UCONN), Amy Gettler (UCONN), A. Cristina Swix (UCONN), Shannalee Brown (UCONN)

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