Ensure Health & Wellness

Health And 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:

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 lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
The organization assists older or disabled people 60 and over by fostering independent living and reducing isolation through the good will and resources provided by IVCG trained, deployed and monitored volunteers and also assists religious congregations and civic groups to recruit, train and monitor volunteers who provide free neighborly service...
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 accessible community-based mental health services and advocacy that promote healthy and resilient lives for children and their families.
The Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA South Central) is a community based organization dedicated to providing a wide array of high-quality health services for individuals in the home and community.   The mission of the VNA South Central is carried out through providing essential ...
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 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 those in need. We support a community of caring to promote individual abilities on 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 provide comprehensive primary healthcare delivered through innovative and alternative systems of health delivery, particularly to residents of Fair Haven. To serve as the central focus for health and safety issues in Fair Haven and to enlist local support in an effort to solve these challenges. ...
The mission of the Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc., serving Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, and West Haven, is to end sexual assault through education and to empower victims to regain control of their lives through high quality, comprehensive, and culturally competent sexual assault victim services. We are the ON...
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 living with mental illness by offering a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life. At Fellowship Place, we know that with proper treatment and a wide range of support services, many living with a menta...
The mission of Orchard House is to restore, maintain or improve a clients' functional abilities and enhance their quality of life by providing a therapeutic setting that encourages independence and fosters friendship. Additionally, Orchard House provides respite to families and caregivers.
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 and other 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...
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 is a community of individuals and families who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Through peer support, burial/cremation financial assistance, education, and awareness initiatives, we provide connections, comfort, and care to those who have experienced the loss of a baby.
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.  
The Cancer Support Community of Southern Connecticut (CSC-SCT) is an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community – an international network of independently chartered nonprofits that provide professional programs of emotional support, education and hope for people affected by cancer, at no charge to participants, so that no one faces cancer ...
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 provide a healthy, safe, nurturing and culturally welcoming environment that promotes a partnership of trust between the individual in recovery and the agency staff. Our treatment approach respects the culture of each person, welcomes family involvement, responds to the unique recovery needs of women and of men, and strives to ...
Our mission is to enhance employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.
Yale-New Haven Hospital is the flagship hospital for Yale New Haven Health System. As such, it shares its vision, mission and values. The vision is to enhance the lives of those we serve by providing access to integrated, high-value, patient-centered care in collaboration with others who share our values. The vision acknowledges the need to care...
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...
Our health directly affects our employment and earnings, economic security, educational opportunities, and child, family and self-care. Women's Health Research at Yale (WHRY) provides benefit to the community by addressing the dramatic need for medical research that remedies the health disparities experienced by women, and by unco...
Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, Inc., (VNS) a nonprofit health care provider, finds its mission in the provision of quality home health and hospice services to individuals, families and the communities it serves. VNS is committed to the development of a partnership with the patient in the delivery of comprehensive, compassionate care. Ou...
At Ability Beyond, we discover, build and celebrate the ability in all people. Our goal is to advance independence, economic equality and social justice for everyone we serve, while empowering other nonprofit agencies to adopt our best practices.  Our story began in 1953, with a group of Danbury parents who share...
We understand that all people learn differently and may need options to achieve their full potential. Our mission is to promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions. Our vision is for all people to have equal opportunities to learn. We will su...
The Community Fund for Women and Girls promotes social and economic advancement for women and girls through strategic philanthropy, grants, advocacy and collaboration.    A component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls is a permanent endowment focusing...
Motivated by Christ's social teachings and respect for the richness of diversity, Catholic Charities exists to promote the dignity, self sufficiency and human potential of those in need.
New Haven Healthy Start is a program that helps pregnant women and mothers deliver healthy and happy babies. Its primary goal is to reduce the infant mortality and morbidity rate in the City of New Haven, Connecticut.   Another goal is to eliminate ethnic and racial disparities in birth outcomes. New...
To improve the quality of life for people who are blind, visually impaired, or with other special needs.   Founded in 1946, The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. provides independence for people who are blind, visually impaired, or with other disabilities through the use of guide and service dogs...
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  Vision The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We asp...
New Haven Farms promotes health and community development through urban agriculture.  The Farm-Based Wellness Program provides free cooking, nutritional, and agricultural education to participants referred from healthcare providers in New Haven for 16-20 weeks during the growing season. After each session, participants take ho...
The mission of Helen Keller International is to save and improve the sight and lives of the world's vulnerable by combatting the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition. Recognizing a lack of accessible, adequate vision care among low-income children in the United States, HKI established ChildSight®
Providing hope and healing for grieving children/teens and their families, and training for the professionals who work with them.
 Abilities without Boundaries (AWB) empowers individuals with disabilities the freedom and opportunity to succeed in social and vocational pursuits within a safe, nurturing environment.   
To create and sustain person-centered opportunities for each person with special needs where they live, learn, work and play.    GUIDING PRINCIPLES We see the whole person and focus on competence and capacity.  We specialize in finding the unexpected in people. We create options based on ...
CancerCare provides free, professional support services to individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved to help them cope with and manage the emotional and practical challenges of cancer. Our services include counseling, support groups, educational publications, workshops and financial assistance. All of our services are provid...
ArtBra New Haven provides a creative emotional outlet to breast cancer survivors and their supporters, and financial assistance to under- and uninsured breast cancer patients in the Greater New Haven area.
Our mission is to unite a community in the fight against breast cancer.  Through fundraising efforts, our goal is to fund breast cancer research, provide education and to empower and assist breast cancer victims and their families.
The Soundview Family YMCA is a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA and 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 you...
The Hamden/North Haven Y is a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA and 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...
The New Haven YMCA Youth Center 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 focu...
The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA 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 youth development, healthy living and social respons...
The Shoreline Village CT is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The activities to be conducted and the purposes to be promoted or carried out by the Corporation shall include providing information and services, sponsoring educational and recreat...
The mission of the Social Communication Foundation is to meet the 21 Century need to improve communications between socially challenged people and socially skilled people and to reduce the likelihood of bullying in the environments where they learn, live, and work. We know that bright people with social communic...
The Connecticut Health Investigative Team [C-HIT], founded in December 2010, is a non-profit news service dedicated to providing high-impact, public service journalism on vital issues of health and safety and empowering consumers to make informed health care choices. C-HIT is dedicated to helping to train the next generation of y...
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.
Our mission to provide year round access to programs and services that help people with chronic illnesses & disabilities improve their physical activity, functional movement, eating habits, and community-based independence.
Victim Rights Center of Connecticut, Inc. (VRCCT) provides quality, no-fee legal support to victims of sexual assault, child sexual assault, child abuse,  violence against those identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer, elder abuse, & homicide .VRCCT is the only organization providing no-fee compr...
America's VetDogs' mission is to help those who have served our country honorably to live with dignity and independence, whether they are visually impaired or have other special needs, through the use of assistance dogs.   America's VetDogs provides independence, mobility and companionship for veterans and mi...
108 Monkeys is a movement of yoga service leaders promoting a culture of justice and peace, through yoga.
G.R.O.W.E.R.S. is an acronym for Growing Real Opportunities With Education, Relationships, and Stability. Our mission is to develop and maintain challenging and rewarding employment for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities by creating a community based horticultural business niche.
Our Mission Fit Haven is dedicated to provide the highest quality fitness services, nutrition education, and healthy lifestyle options for women and girls to improve their health and fitness, promote well being and empower its participants with the knowledge and opportunity to lead an active healthy l...
Circle of Care for Families of Children with Cancer is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, volunteer-driven organization that supports children with cancer and their families during treatment. Our mission is to provide practical, emotional and financial assistance to to Connecticut families of children in treatment for cancer through programs and servi...
The Yale Humanist Community (YHC) strives to provide people with access to a caring community, support in moments of crisis, reflection on life's big questions, a means for humanizing relationships with other faith or moral communities, and opportunities to act on their values.
Premised on the fundamental principle that quality health care is a right, the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety works in our communities, within our healthcare systems, and with policy makers to promote patient safety, improve the quality of health care and to protect the rights of all patients through education, accountability, ...
Our MissionEmpowering individuals facing barriers to life success with the health and wellness benefits of mindfulness‐based, Hatha yoga.  We Believe that... • Health and well‐being are the cornerstones of empowered living and the effective pursuit of happiness. ...
In Connecticut and across the country, there is a decades-old health crisis for those coming home from prison. In New Haven 1,200 individuals are released from incarceration to the community each year and 80-85% have chronic health problems. These individuals, like their counterparts across the country, are oft...
Adam's House (The Adam Wysota Foundation) supports children and families coping with the death of a loved one. Our mission is to provide grief education and peer support to all bereaved children at no-cost to families.  Adam's House is a free-standing, nonprofit center in Shelton, CT that offers an 8-week theme-based program that normalize...
Sisters' Journey will use our collective energies and join forces with others to heal women physically and spiritually.  Advocating early detection and good treatment of breast cancer is our key focus.
The mission of the Women's Recovery Corp. is to provide women addicts and alcoholics safe housing and training in the tools of sobriety.