Ensure Health & Wellness

Because good health contributes to a strong economy and lower health care costs, health is an issue that impacts us all. Connecticut and Greater New Haven are relatively healthy regions by national standards — for instance, rates of premature mortality are about 20% below the U.S. average.

Good health, however, is not evenly distributed. For the first time, the Community Index 2013 gathered regional health leaders to provide a comprehensive health assessment of our region and its neighborhoods. Key concerns included infant mortality, obesity, diabetes, death from assault, and hospitalization due to asthma, which remain well above the national average within some neighborhoods.

More recent data has been compiled in the Greater New Haven Community Index 2016 and Valley Community Index: Understanding the Valley Region.

Learn about the nonprofits working to improve the health of our community's residents by viewing their profiles below:

Health And Wellness

HomeHaven is a private not-for-profit corporation founded to provide its members with the opportunities, services, and confidence they need to remain active participants in the life of the community, living their lives to the fullest as they grow older in the comfort of their own homes.
The MISSION of The Get In Touch Foundation is to provide breast health initiatives that educate gals and guys of all ages how to Get In Touch with their bodies, information and each other in our crusade against breast cancer. Our VISION is to become the leading global organization providing initiatives promoting self-health edu...
To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
To foster livability at home for seniors age 60+ by deploying a fleet of volunteer drivers who provide free transportation to medical services, and by matching elders with specific volunteers who provide free neighborly practical and social support needed to maintain their well-being at home.  To recruit, train and deploy volunteers from ou...
The mission of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England is to protect the fundamental right of all individuals to manage their own fertility and sexual health and to ensure access to the services, education and information to realize that right.
Our mission is to preserve and enhance a person's health and function. Gaylord is the place you or your loved one goes to when you want extraordinary care for your complex chronic medical issue or rehabilitation needs. What do you do after your car accident, stroke or brain injury, or you have chronic respiratory probl...
Our mission is to provide integrated services addressing mental, physical and social determinants in order to improve health, resiliency, and a quality of life for children, families and communities. 
Visiting Nurse Association is dedicated to enhancing the health, well being and quality of life at home and in the community it serves. The mission of the VNA South Central is carried out through providing essential health care services to residents of 43 towns...
Griffin Hospital's mission is to provide personalized, humanistic, consumer-driven health care in a healing environment; to empower individuals to be actively involved in decisions affecting their care and well-being through access to information and education; and to provide leadership to improve the health of the community it serves.T...
It is the mission of VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice to promote and preserve the health, safety, dignity and independence of the individual and the family through the provision of quality cost effective, therapeutic, supportive and preventive health care services to persons in their place of residence in the community.
Mary Wade provides the highest quality medical and social programs and supervised residential services for seniors in need. We support a community of caring to promote individual abilities in our traditional, dignified, and comfortable campus as well as connecting with the broader community.
The Valley Y is a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. Our mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on yout...
To carry out the will of the late Ms. Hannah E. Gray of New Haven, Connecticut, by maintaining a home in New Haven for indigent elderly persons in need of residential care.
To strengthen our community by educating, supporting, and empowering individuals and families.
The mission of Continuum of Care is to enable people who are challenged with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities and/or struggling with addiction to rebuild a meaningful life and thrive in the community.
ALIVE's vision is to create schools that support open conversations about the truth in our students' lives, and thereby liberate their energies and spirits for the important work of learning. By attending to students' stresses before they break down with symptoms and negative behaviors,
Bridges mission is to provide a broad range of community based behavioral and healthcare services to the residents of our area. We respond effectively to the needs of adults, children and families with a comprehensive range of prevention, mental health and addiction recovery programs. We are committed to creating a Healthcare Home f...
Mission Statement: The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center mission is to  measurably improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve by providing excellent and compassionate care, accessible to all. Vision: We provide a model of quality and cost-effective health c...
To improve the health and social well-being of the communities and people we serve through high quality, patient centered care, regardless of their ability to pay.
Our mission is to provide support and a voice for victims of sexual assault and misconduct and to prevent future instances through education.

The Mission of the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut is to empower adults to remain as independent and engaged as possible within their communities through advocacy, information and services.  
Chapel Haven provides lifelong individualized services for people with developmental and social disabilities, empowering them to live independent and self-determined lives.
Fellowship Place's mission is to serve adults with mental illness by offering a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life. Annually, on a campus setting in New Haven, CT open 365 days a year, our agency serves over 750 adults living with...
 Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center is a nonprofit motivated to maintain the highest quality of care and to improve the quality of life of aging adults and caregivers in a supportive and person centered environment.
Vantage Group's commitment is to support the life-long needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in safe comfortable settings and create opportunities for each person's social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth.   
The Christian Counseling & Family Life Center (CCC) is a nonprofit organization that provides a professional, compassionate and peaceful environment to meet the emotional, spiritual and mental health needs of individuals, couples and families so that they can overcome crisis and to achieve their fullest potential. 
The mission of Guilford Interfaith Volunteers (GIV) is to promote the well being of our residents who are home bound, elderly, or those of any age who have special needs, by providing them with food - with the Guilford Meals on Wheels program, friendship - with the Friendly Visiting program, and medical equipment - with the Charlie's Close...
New Haven Ballet's mission is to demonstrate and use the power of dance to change the life of every person in the community through education, performance, physical exercise, artistic aspiration, personal development, and social interaction to the fullest of their potential. 
SARAH is a family of agencies, SARAH Inc., SARAH SENECA, and SARAH Tuxis, that provide programs and services for people with intellectual disabilities who live in Connecticut.   The SARAH Foundation, Inc. is responsible for raising funds, managing the investments and coordinating all donations in accordance with the wishes of the Do...
Since 1990 the Fr. McKenna St. Vincent de Paul Shop (SVdP) through its volunteers, members and programs, has been dedicated to elderly, homeless, working poor, physically handicapped, and mentally challenged neighbors of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.  We fulfill this mission without discrimination or religious affiliation, by provid...
The CMHC Foundation is a private non-profit supporting organization for the publicly funded Connecticut Mental Health Center. The Foundation secures and manages charitable resources for the Center to improve the well-being of the people it serves, to help it achieve excellence, and to extend its impact in the community.
Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals with autism and related disorders and the lives of their families by enabling them to become active participants and contributing members within their families and communities. Furthermore, we are driven to advance the field of Behavior Analysis by cultivating new practitioners and educatin...
Hope After Loss, Inc. helps those tho experience pregnancy and or infant loss to find the inspiration of hope by providing connections, comfort and care.
The mission of the Connecticut Women's Consortium is to ensure that the behavioral health system responds to the needs of women and the people and organizations that affect them.
To provide a continuum of services that supports health, independence, and dignity. We build this continuum on the belief that a relationship-centered philosophy best sustains body, mind, and spirit.
Abolition and Restoration! Founded in 2002, Love146 works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through prevention and aftercare solutions, contributing to a growing abolition movement. Love146 combats child sex slavery and exploitation with the unexpected and restores survivors with excellence.
 Valley Emergency Medical Services (VEMS) is the state-designated paramedic service provider for the entire Lower Naugatuck Valley as well as the town of Monroe. Our mission is to provide emergent pre-hospital Advanced Life Support medical care to the critically sick and injured for the region's 126,500 residents.
AIDS Project New Haven provides education, non-judgmental, comprehensive and holistic services to individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
BHcare provides comprehensive behavioral health, prevention and domestic violence services that improve the lives and health of the individuals, families and communities we serve.
Founded in 1988 to provide a home for children, focusing on those with disabilities/illnesses and sibling groups. The commitment to these children is lifelong regardless of the extent of their problems. The number of children in the home usually is between 8 and 12.
Leeway, an integral part of the continuum of AIDS care, is committed to being a center of excellence in providing inpatient rehabilitative and palliative care so that those with AIDS can live as independently as possible. This expert care is respectfully provided with compassion and without regard to race, national origin, age, religi...
For 26 years, Women & Family Life Center has been the first open door for women or families to face challenge, change or crisis in a safe place. The Center provides crisis referral services, divorce and financial education programs, new mom support groups, free legal assistance, in addition to wellness programs like yoga, a ...
Founded in 1970, the APT Foundation Inc.'s mission is to promote health and recovery for those who live with substance use disorders and/or mental illness.  
Mission To provide residential, employment, support, referral, and advocacy services to individuals with disabilities and people with similar service needs to assist them in exercising their human rights as citizens and contributing members of society.
Our mission is to enhance employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.
Vision:  Yale New Haven Health enhances the lives of the people we serve by providing access to high value, patient-centered care in collaboration with those who share our values. Mission: Yale New Haven Health is committed to innovation and excellence in patient care, tea...
To promote the empowerment of individuals with diverse abilities, disabilities and experiences toward optimal participation and inclusion in the community.
Project Access-New Haven (PA-NH) increases access to medical care and services for underserved individuals in the Greater New Haven area.
The mission of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y welcomes all - no matter religion, age, gender or socio-economic status and makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn,...
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure ac...
Healthy Eyes Alliance, Inc. (HEA) is a 501(c)3, non-profit, healthcare agency whose mission is "preventing vision loss in our communities and promoting healthy eyes". 
Southwestern AHEC's mission is "Opening doors to better health in underserved populations through education, careers and outreach.”  We do this by “Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health.”   ...
The Connection's mission is Building Safe, Healthy, Caring Communities and Inspiring People to Reach Their Full Potential as Productive and Valued Citizens. We carry out our mission by providing programs in three primary service areas: Behavioral Health, Family Support Services, and Community Justice.  Each month 7,000 C...