Health Connections is a health education, health promotion non-profit organization that focuses on developing healthy communities by bringing people and resources together to achieve healthier lives.
Our principle focus is on the two most significant causes of preventable death and chronic disease: tobacco use and obesity. However, given the health needs of a community Health Connections’ work may also address underage drinking or adult binge drinking, marijuana and drug abuse, access to affordable oral health care, providing resources on positive parenting, or other health topics.
Most of our work targets youth and their parents. When youth understand the importance of and practice making healthy choices for their lives now, then there is increased likelihood that they will continue to make healthy choices for their lives as adults, and reduce their risk of chronic disease.
But this is not to say that Health Connections does not work with or target health improvement initiatives toward adults. Our quit tobacco programs (tobacco cessation) is one example of how Health Connections helps adults improve the health quality of their lives. Click here to connect to information about our Fresh Start Quit Tobacco Programs.
Fit & Healthy Coalition
To realize significant health improvement, however, individual change is not enough. There must be policies and a community environment that seeks to promote healthy living as well. Through its Fit & Healthy Coalition, Health Connections engages community members, businesses, social service organizations, local governments, schools, etc to build healthier communities.
Health Connections serves the towns of Vermont’s and New Hampshire’s Upper Valley region.
Board of Directors
Cathy Hazlett | Secretary
Tom Ketteridge | President
Pat Wheatley | Treasurer
Health Connections Staff
Cathy Hazlett | Executive Director
Jo Oliver-Yeager | Community Outreach Coordinator