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Connecticut State Medical Society Launches Health Equity Tool Kit at October 11th Event

By Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS)

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New Haven, CT - On October 11th, the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) is holding a dinner event to launch and showcase their newly developed Health Equity Data Collection Guide, “How Do I Ask? Asking Sensitive Questions in the Quest to Reduce Health Disparities.”

All in health care interested in learning about how this toolkit can help them and their patients are invited to attend. The program, sponsored by the Coverys Foundation, will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the New Haven Lawn Club and will include a cocktail reception, dinner, release of the tool kit, and panel discussion. Cost is $10 in advance or $20 at the door, visit

The tool kit was developed by CSMS, with funding from the Connecticut Health Foundation and in collaboration with the Community Mental Health Affiliates, and System for Education Equity & Transition (SEET) Consulting. It is designed as a training guide for collecting sensitive information to identify and address health disparities based on cumulative social disadvantage.

“CSMS is proud to produce this toolkit to help physicians and other healthcare professionals and providers collect race, ethnicity, and language data, as well as gender identity and sexual orientation to bring consistency across healthcare settings to drive performance and quality measures,” comments Matthew Katz, EVP/CEO of CSMS.

At the program, representatives from Community Mental Health Affiliates will be featured in a panel discussion to describe their experience using the Health Equity Tool Kit. Panelists include: Victor Incerti, MaCP, MAC, LPC, Chief Program Officer; Lisa Daley, Performance Improvement Coordinator; Vanessa Irizarry, BS, Parenting Support Services Bi-Lingual Case Manager; Tracey Trotman, Intensive Family Preservation Program Clinical Case Manager; Linda Filipetti, CMHA Board of Directors, Vice Chairperson. The panel will be moderated by M. Natalie Achong, MD, MHL, FACOG, who will be representing the Connecticut State Medical Society.

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