National Health Center Week 2020

To the community we serve

UCFS Healthcare was the first healthcare system for the eastern region of CT. Established in 1877 before regional hospitals, our network of community health providers had been serving those in need for 40 years when we experienced the pandemic of 1918-1920. One hundred years later, UCFS is shepherding our community through another pandemic. While no one can truly be prepared for the shock, demands and tragedies of a national disaster, we can take actions to support each other and mitigate the worst of the impact. 

It is in the spirit of the decades CEOs who have come before me and our long-standing mission to ensure community well-being, that I share with you our community wide campaign, “Mask Up.Numbers Down”, on the occasion of National Health Center Week. 

From corporations to the classroom, we are asking every employer, employee, educator and student to engage in necessary mask compliance. I thank the more than 40 community leaders who have stepped forward to mask-up and to carry this important message to their local communities and organizations. As we celebrate National Health Center Week (August 9-15), we will be showcasing these individuals who are setting an example throughout our community. At the same time, we are packaging kits for local schools and classrooms which is our 1, 2, 3 — Wear a Mask for You & Me campaign equipped with child-size masks that we hope will make compliance more comfortable and easier for all involved. 

The youth masks and hand sanitizer kits can be picked up on the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, Aug. 11 (9:00-10:00 a.m.) – Griswold Health Center, 226 East Main Street, Griswold

Wednesday, Aug. 12 (9:00-10:00 a.m.) – Plainfield Health Center, 120-122 Plainfield Road, Moosup

Thursday, Aug. 13 (9:00-10:00 a.m.) – The Edward & Mary Lord Family Health Center, 47 Town Street, Norwich

Connecticut is one of the few states in our nation that is holding the line on the spread of this virus. Even so, hot spots are flaring up where disregard for masks and safety is proving to be a disregard for life. We can not let months of sacrifices by so many — businesses, schools, providers, and essential workers — be lost by not doing this simple task — wearing a mask. 

Thank you — Jennifer Granger, Presient/CEO