Community Health Network of Connecticut Foundation
11 Fairfield Blvd.
Wallingford CT 06492-1828
Contact Information
Address 11 Fairfield Blvd.
Wallingford, CT 06492-1828
Telephone (203) 949-4101 x
Fax 203-626-7150
E-mail pscussel@chnct.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
The Community Health Network of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. (CHNCT Foundation) was founded in 2003 as a public, charitable organization concerned with the health of Connecticut residents. Our mission is to advance, support, and promote programs and activities that fundamentally improve the health status of the people of Connecticut.
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.

The Foundation's premier event, the Cornell Scott Memorial Golf Classic, is held at one of the top-rated, private courses in the country: Lake of Isles at Foxwoods.  Lake of Isles is a Rees Jones designed golf course located on 900 acres of picturesque landscape with 36 unique holes carved from the natural countryside that surrounds a 90-acre lake.  The challenging South Course offers golfers the opportunity to test their skills while enjoying the ultimate upscale golf experience.

To date, the Golf Classic has raised nearly $460,000 for programs and activities that improve the health status of people living in Connecticut. Proceeds from this tournament support Community Health Network of Connecticut Foundation’s programs Cooking Matters and KHAIR, as well as to enhance existing programs at seven Federally Qualified Health Centers and small community organizations throughout the state.
 

A Great Opportunity Ending Date Aug 22 2018
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2003
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Charity Type I Supporting Organization
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Patricia A Scussel
Board Chair Mr. John V. Federico MD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission The Community Health Network of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. (CHNCT Foundation) was founded in 2003 as a public, charitable organization concerned with the health of Connecticut residents. Our mission is to advance, support, and promote programs and activities that fundamentally improve the health status of the people of Connecticut.
Background

The Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc. (CHNCT) is a 501(c) 4 not-for-profit health plan. CHNCT was founded in 1995 by federally qualified health centers who sought to bring nonprofit oversight to Medicaid managed care in Connecticut. CHNCT, as a Managed Care Organization for 16 years, served the State of Connecticut’s HUSKY and SAGA program populations. Effective January 1, 2012, CHNCT now functions as the state’s medical Administrative Services Organization for the HUSKY Health Program. 

In 2003, CHNCT created the Community Health Network of Connecticut Foundation to advance, support, and promote programs and activities that fundamentally improve the health status of the people of Connecticut.

CHNCT Foundation realizes this mission by capitalizing on partnerships with health centers, schools and community organizations to implement programs that produce solutions for Connecticut’s underserved populations. These partnerships have been successful in three critical areas of the Foundation’s commitment: adolescent health and welfare (KHAIR), nutrition and food security (Cooking Matters), and mini grants to community health agencies and nonprofits committed to health promotion and outreach.

Our KHAIR and Cooking Matters programs have a direct impact on the children, families and communities. We have numerous testimonials from individuals who have made positive life changes after participating in one of our programs. For instance, one young woman who participated in our KHAIR program wrote us that she had no self-confidence and was afraid to apply for a job - this was an area she had struggled with. After taking part in our six-week program, she not only had the self-confidence to pursue a job she wanted, but she learned the skills to have a successful job interview. 

With our Cooking Matters program we have countless testimonials from not only participants who have seen changes in their shopping and cooking behaviors, but also from primary care physicians who can report reduced risk of diabetes, as well as weight loss and other positive healthy lifestyle changes for their patients.
 
 
Impact

Our mission is to advance, support, and promote programs and activities that improve the health status of people in our state, with a goal of supporting nonprofit activities of community health centers and other nonprofits which promote health care services to families. We do this primarily through Cooking Matters and KHAIR programs.

Cooking Matters works to ensure people with lower incomes learn to shop, prepare, and eat healthy foods on a limited budget. We help families attain a healthier diet through hands-on, multi-session cooking and shopping courses. In 2016 alone, brought our programs to more than 1,600 adults and children. We measure impact through pre- and post-surveys which determine the level of knowledge, attitudes and myths about nutrition, degree of skills, and involvement in healthy nutrition. We also measure impact through testimonials from participants and their primary physicians.

The name KHAIR comes from what we believe: Kids are Healthy and successful when they have a positive Attitude and are Inspired to Reflect on their unique qualities. KHAIR is offered with partners such as Clifford Beers Clinic, Fair Haven Health Center, and Cornell Scott Hill Health. Our mission is to build healthy relationships for young people through an evidence-based curriculum that includes workshops on self-esteem, team building, financial literacy, social etiquette, nutrition and dress for success. A one-on-one mentoring relationship combined with these workshops is designed to achieve the goal of helping students with behavioral health problems be reintegrated into their schools, families and communities. This goal is realized through concrete outcomes such as students move to the next grade; they have improved attendance in school; and students graduate from high school. KHAIR participants complete the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale pre- and post-program. We also measure impact six months after program completion.

Needs

The Community Health Network of Connecticut is always looking for committed interns and volunteers throughout the state who can help us implement our programs.

In addition, we are seeking the following in each of our core programs:

For our Cooking Matters program, in addition to monetary donations, we accept gift certificates, cooking supplies, product samples, gift baskets, kitchen utensils and other in-kind donations which we can share with our program participants. Monetary donations are used to purchase cooking and classroom supplies, gift cards and groceries for program participants.
 
For our KHAIR program,  we seek volunteers who can help lead workshops on our six key topics: Dress For Success, Financial Literacy, It's About Me, Social Etiquette, Nutrition and Team Building. Monetary donations are used to purchase classroom supplies and gift cards for the teens in our program. In addition, we offer transportation services to and from workshops for KHAIR Kids who would not be able to participate without it. The cost to transport can be hefty and we are always seeking partners who are willing to provide transportation services. Ideal transport options include: rides, taxi vouchers, and donated vehicles.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Human Services
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Nutrition
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Areas Served
State wide
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
The Community Health Network of Connecticut is proud to provide programming throughout the state of Connecticut. In addition, we also distribute seven mini-grants to Federally Qualified Health Centers, and provide eight community donations which touch all eight counties in Connecticut.
Programs
Description

Cooking Matters connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. Partnering with agencies who serve families utilizing food pantries, SNAP/WIC benefits, summer meals and free and reduced school meals assures that we are reaching our targeted audience, as well as helping these partners provide quality and impactful programming. The program works to ensure children and parents with lower incomes learn to shop, prepare, and eat healthy foods on a limited budget. Our organization helps hundreds of families each year attain a healthier diet through hands-on, multi-session cooking and shopping courses. Cooking Matters courses are led by local culinary and nutrition volunteers who combine hands-on food preparation with practical nutrition, food budgeting, and shopping techniques.


 

Population Served Families / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

KHAIR (pronounced “care”) serves at-risk youth by pairing them with hairstylists and barbers who will commit to complimentary services.

Our mission is to help children by giving them the opportunity to be treated with respect and kindness, and encourage them to be the best that they can be.

 

We Believe:
  • All youths deserve to experience joy and feel good about themselves.
  • Healing can come from respectful, kind relationships with positive adult role models.
  • Appearance can influence self-esteem both positively and negatively. The program emphasizes one-on-one mentor/youth relationships combined with a range of individual and group activities, including self-concept and self-esteem-building workshops. The program helps young people not only learn about grooming to improve their appearance, but it also provides positive adult role models who are successful business people and who demonstrate healthy ways to relate to others.

              

 

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / At-Risk Populations / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Patricia A Scussel
Term Start Jan 2017
Email pscussel@chnct.org
Experience Patricia Scussel is executive director of the Community Health Network of Connecticut Foundation. She previously served as vice president of community and business development for Start Community Bank in New Haven. In this role she worked with various nonprofits in the community, as well as offered financial literacy programs to individuals from grade school to senior citizens who were in the at-risk, and to the unbanked and underbanked population. She had also served as executive director of the Greater New Haven Leadership Center based in New Haven, Connecticut for nearly 11 years. In this role at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, she oversaw several programs for potential and current leaders in the Greater New Haven area including Leadership Greater New Haven, during that time a 10-month community development program that emphasized leadership training within the framework of critical and social issues; and Executive Orientation, during that time a six-week program for senior-level executives who were interested in understanding the relevant issues, concerns, politics and dynamics of this region. In addition, she worked with the Town of Orange to provide a Leadership program for senior citizens. In addition to her role with the Leadership Center, Patti served as executive director of the programs of the New Haven Network for Public Education from January 2006 – June 2011, which included working with New Haven Public Schools and the New Haven Science Fair Program steering committee to direct the Annual New Haven Science Fair program. Patti was instrumental in creating the Chamber’s Not-for-Profit Resource Council in 2004, and served as the Council’s staff liaison for most of her tenure at the Chamber. She has more than 20 years management experience the fields of publishing, marketing, events, and communications, and has been an adjunct professor at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven for more than 10 years. Patti received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Albertus Magnus College, and received her MBA from the University of New Haven. She is an active volunteer and serves on numerous boards and committees.

 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 9
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 90%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Tressa Spears Jackson 2003 - Dec 2016
Senior Staff
Title Cooking Matters Program Manager
Title Marketing & KHAIR Program Manager
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
 The Community Health Network of Connecticut Foundation collaborates with numerous organizations and educational institutions including, but not limited to, Charter Oak Health Center, Cornell Scott Hill Health Center, Fair Haven Community Health Care, Generations Family Health Center, Optimus Health Care, Southwest Community Health Center, Staywell Health Care, Clifford Beers Clinic, New Haven Public Schools, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, University of Connecticut, Southern Connecticut State University, Gateway Community College, and many others.
Board Chair
Mr. John V. Federico MD
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Dec 2016 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Abe Benitez Community Health Network of CT
Dr. Marian Evans MD, MPHSouthern Connecticut State University
Ms. Sylvia Kelly MPACommunity Health Network of CT
Dr. Lawrence Magras MD, MBA, FACPE, FHMCommunity Health Network of CT
Ms. Marta Moret MPHUrban Policy Strategies, LLC
Mr. Arvind Shaw Generations Family Health Care
Ms. Elizabeth Shelley Webster Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Board Co-Chair
Dr. Marian Evans MD, MPH
Company Affiliation Southern Connecticut State University
Term Dec 2016 to Dec 2017
Email evansm7@southernct.edu
Standing Committees
Audit
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Nominating
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $513,920.00
Projected Expenses $513,920.00
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$180,490$118,737--
Administration Expense$22,341$24,663--
Fundraising Expense$391$424--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.29--
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%83%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$242,998$139,873--
Current Assets$242,998$139,873--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$157,187$94,323--
Total Net Assets$85,811$45,550--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountShare Our Strength $19,043The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $20,000--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $7,500Share Our Strength $16,000--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNapier Foundation $3,000Great Blue Research $10,000--
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.551.48--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 11 Fairfield Blvd.
Wallingford, CT 064921828
Primary Phone 203 949-4101
Contact Email pscussel@chnct.org
CEO/Executive Director Patricia A Scussel
Board Chair Mr. John V. Federico MD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired

 

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