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Hartford’s Chrysalis Center Wins  Access Health CT’s Commitment to Community Award

HARTFORD, Conn. (Dec. 8, 2023) — Access Health CT (AHCT) today announced the Hartford-based Chrysalis Center as the recipient of its annual Commitment to Community award. It was announced and shared during the annual community conference hosted Oct. 11, preparing community partners, brokers, certified application counselors (CACs) and staff for the Open Enrollment period that began Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 15, 2024. Connecticut residents can shop, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage through AHCT during this period.

“This conference was a great opportunity to bring our entire Access Health CT team together to prepare for the Open Enrollment period and to thank them for all they do,” said Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer James Michel. “Collaboration like this is such an important part of the work we do toward reducing the rate of the uninsured and eliminating health disparities.”

Each year, prior to the beginning of Open Enrollment, AHCT recognizes a community leader who shares similar values with AHCT and works directly with customers in hard-to-reach communities with the “Commitment to Community” award.

This year, Michel presented the award to Chrysalis Center Chief Financial Officer Wendy Briere in recognition of the organization’s work to “provide support services to assist people in need to transform their lives.” The missions of AHCT and Chrysalis Center align with the goal of improving the lives and health outcomes of those in underserved populations. Like AHCT, Chrysalis Center embraces values such as diversity, equity, inclusion and collaboration.

Conference sessions highlighted topics of interest to attendees. For example, one session was a discussion on empowering customers through health literacy, with a focus on equity and inclusion. In addition, the Department of Social Services (DSS) provided updates on the Public Health Emergency and Medicaid Unwinding.

Connecticut legislative officials also had the opportunity to connect with the people who help AHCT customers directly, including visits from State Comptroller, Sean Scanlon, and State Senator, Matt Lesser. There was also a networking session with organizations that attended the event. These organizations included Anthem, Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCAT), Community Renewal Team (CRT), the Comptroller’s Office with Array RX, ConnectiCare, CT Nonprofit Alliance, CT Paid Leave, Department of Public Health, Department of Social Services, Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program (GBAPP), Health Equity Solutions, New Opportunities Inc. (NOI) and Yale University.

Commitment to Community Award recipient, Chrysalis Center Chief Financial Officer Wendy Briere (left) with Access Health CT Director of Health Equity and Outreach, Tammy Hendricks (right).
“Commitment to Community Award” recipient, Chrysalis Center Chief Financial Officer Wendy Briere (left) with Access Health CT Director of Health Equity and Outreach, Tammy Hendricks (right).