Connecticut Health I-Team
346 Alden Avenue
New Haven CT 06515
Contact Information
Address 346 Alden Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515-
Telephone (203) 215-6373 x
Fax 203-782-0384
E-mail delucia@c-hit.org
Web and Social Media

Mission

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 young people as writers and community ‘watchdogs’ through its unique summer high school journalism camps.
Our camps – which in 2017 will be held at Yale University and the University of Connecticut – offer select high school students the opportunity to polish their writing and research skills, interact with prize-winning journalists and report and write their own stories for publication. C-HIT works year-round to raise funds to provide students in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford and other communities free tuition to the camps.
 
 
 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2011
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Lynne C. DeLucia-Millea
Board Chair Susan Whetstone
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired, Conn. Housing Finance Authority
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

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 young people as writers and community ‘watchdogs’ through its unique summer high school journalism camps.
Our camps – which in 2017 will be held at Yale University and the University of Connecticut – offer select high school students the opportunity to polish their writing and research skills, interact with prize-winning journalists and report and write their own stories for publication. C-HIT works year-round to raise funds to provide students in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford and other communities free tuition to the camps.
 
 
 
Background

C-HIT received its 501c3 designation from the IRS in June 2014.  C-HIT has received start-up funding from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Health Foundation. C-HIT has secured multi-year grants from the Knight Foundation and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and has expanded its pool of individual donors. C-HIT also raises funds by securing sponsorships and hosting free public forums on key health issues.

C-HIT is overseen by a team of veteran Connecticut journalists, including: C-HIT Editor Lynne DeLucia, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former assistant managing editor of the Hartford Courant with more than 40 years’ experience in Connecticut journalism; and Senior Writer Lisa Chedekel, a former reporter for The Courant and winner of numerous journalism awards, including a 1999 Pulitzer Prize and a 2007 George Polk Award. The reporting team includes a pool of experienced freelance journalists.

C-HIT works with students in the journalism programs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, and the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, and Yale University in New Haven, CT, on research for stories, while providing the next generation of journalists with practical reporting experience.

C-HIT also hosts investigative reporting workshops for high school students each summer.

C-HIT is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a coalition of non-profit journalism organizations that produce non-partisan investigative news.

 

Impact

Since December 2010, C-HIT has published hundreds of public service investigative stories on health and safety that have disclosed lax state oversight, led to changes in public funding and policies and educated consumers to make informed health care choices.  C-HIT's team of experienced journalists is dedicated to producing in-depth stories that scrutinize health and safety systems, ranging from the failed oversight of nursing homes, to the prescribing habits of doctors and nurses, hospital infection rates and medical errors, to the finances of health care facilities.

C-HIT has hosted summer high school journalism camps since 2011, training 215 students. Of our 215 camp graduates to date, 124 have come from New Haven and other urban districts; most of them are African-American and Latino.  Many have never had the opportunity to stay on a university campus and will be the first generation in their families to attend college. The students live with us in dorms on campus and spend the week learning the skills of in-depth reporting, hearing from award-winning journalists, and visiting area newsrooms, including the New Haven Register and WTNH-TV.  Each workshop participant researches and writes a data-driven story for publication.  The students dig into their chosen topics for four days, conducting interviews and navigating data in a newsroom-like setting.
Last year, 40 students participated in our high school journalism workshops. C-HIT provided 20 full or partial scholarships to students, including 10 from New Haven. In 2017, C-HIT will host two one-week camps at Yale University and the University of Connecticut. Interest among urban students to attend one of our workshops grows each year.  We work year-round to raise funds that we dedicate to providing tuition to student in need.
Needs

Funds will be used to:

  • Provide free tuition to low-income students in greater New Haven to attend our summer journalism camps, which are taught by award-winning journalists;
  • Produce in-depth unique health and safety stories that empower readers to make informed health care decisions.
  • Produce easy-to-use searchable databases that inform consumers about how well hospitals, nursing homes, home health care and other agencies are providing care.
  • Expand our coverage to include more stories on children’s and women’s health issues.
 
CEO Statement C-HIT's goal is to tell stories in a compelling way that will educate our readers to make informed health care choices and engage them in an ongoing dialogue about the quality of health care in Connecticut. We believe in empowering consumers by giving them as much information as we can from experts and public agencies. In addition, C-HIT is committed to working with high schools students to help them sharpen their reporting, research and writing skills and enlighten them about career possibilities in the field of journalism.
Board Chair Statement Our aim is to tell stories that will engage people about their health care system and empower them to make informed decisions about health and safety – from choosing a nursing home to paying a hospital bill to understanding their rights as a patient or a parent. We see C-HIT as a way to shine a light on aspects of health care that might otherwise be murky to consumers – not to sway opinions, but just to lay out how the system works and get people thinking about whether it can be improved.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Public Health
Areas Served
Other
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
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
C-HIT is based in New Haven but our content is distributed statewide, and our camps are open to all high school students, 16 and older.
Programs
Description

C-HIT is committed to training a new generation of ‘watchdog’ journalists - young people who are empowered with the skills and confidence to uncover information from public agencies and other sources, to question policies and practices and to translate complex subjects into accessible, compelling storytelling. The students live with C-HIT staff in a dorm on a college campus and spend the week learning the skills of in-depth reporting, hearing from award-winning journalists, digging into data sets and writing their own stories for publication. 

What C-HIT tries to accomplish through the camps is three-fold:
• To introduce students to a career in journalism and sharpen their writing and research skills;
• To embolden students to ask questions, challenge authority and develop their individual 'voices';
• To acclimate them to a college campus environment. 
In 2016, C-HIT is hosting camps one-week camps at Yale University and the University of Connecticut. 
 
 
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Our aim is to tell stories that will engage people in their health care system and empower them to make informed decisions -- from choosing a nursing home to selecting a home health care agency to paying a hospital bill.  We see C-HIT as a way to shine a light on aspects of health care that might be otherwise murky to consumers and get people engaged in their own health care.  We see our training programs as a way to help students sharpen their writing and research skills and expose them to the possibilities of a media career.
CEO/Executive Director
Lynne C. DeLucia-Millea
Term Start Sept 2010
Email lynnedelucia@yahoo.com
Experience

Lynne DeLucia is the editor and co-founder of the Connecticut Health I-Team, an in-depth news website focusing on issues of health, safety and veterans’ health.   Prior to launching C-HIT.org in December 2010, Lynne worked at the New Haven Register as a reporter and city editor.   Lynne is a board member of the New England First Amendment Coalition.  Lynne was inducted in the CT-SPJ Journalism Hall of Fame and received the Judith Vance Weld Brown Spirit of Journalism Award from the New England Society of News Editors in May 2014.  In November 2016, Lynne was among 11 women selected as Women's Wellness Honorees by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.

 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 8
Number of Contract Staff 14
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Board Chair
Susan Whetstone
Company Affiliation retired, Conn. Housing Finance Authority
Term Sept 2012 to Sept 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Beth Derby private health care consultant
William Dyson college instructor, former state representative
Lindy Lee Gold Conn. Department of Economic and Community Development, senior specialist
Richard F. Hanley Quinnipiac University, associate professor of Journalism and director of the graduate program in Journalism
Karen Hunter Hartford HealthCare
Nancy Meyer
Jeanne Milstein New York Office of Children and Family Services, deputy commissioner for strategic planning and policy development
Dr. Isabel Morais Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center, staff
Linda Richetelli-Pepe
Marie Shanahan University of Connecticut, assistant professor of Journalism
Teresa Younger President Ms. Foundation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $293,525.00
Projected Expenses $293,525.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter - 2014
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$224,402$208,606$194,075
Administration Expense$12,819$25,451$17,005
Fundraising Expense$9,500$21,275$15,525
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.891.081.55
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%82%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%8%4%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$158,666$182,654$166,076
Current Assets$158,666$182,654--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$5,484$2,406$6,133
Total Net Assets$153,182$180,248$159,943
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEthics & Excellence Foundation $75,000Ethics & Excellence Foundation $75,000Ethics & Excellence Foundation of Oklahoma $150,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountConnecticut Health Foundation $26,000Connecticut Health Foundation $27,500Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $40,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountConnecticare $20,100James Knight Foundation $25,000Connecticut Health Foundation $25,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities28.9375.920.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
 The Connecticut Health I-Team received its 501c3 non-profit status from the IRS in June 2014. C-HIT's fiscal sponsor was the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety from October 2013 to mid-June 2014.  Prior to that, C-HIT's fiscal sponsor was the Online Journalism Project. 
 
Foundation Staff Comments
***Connecticut Health I-Team operated under the 501c3 of the Online Journalism Project from 2011 to 2012. The 990s and financial information contained in this profile are those for the Online Journalism Project.***
 
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 input 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 346 Alden Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
Primary Phone 203 215-6373
Contact Email delucia@c-hit.org
CEO/Executive Director Lynne C. DeLucia-Millea
Board Chair Susan Whetstone
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired, Conn. Housing Finance Authority

 

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