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Dr. Helen Newton, Executive Director


Dr. Helen Newton Named New Executive Director of Commission on Health Equity

Commissioner of Dept. of Public Health Dr. Jewel Mullen to Speak at Reception

HARTFORD -- The African American Affairs Commission (AAAC) and the Connecticut Commission on Health Equity (CHE) will hold a reception on THURSDAY, DEC. 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to welcome Dr. Helen Newton as the new executive director of CHE. The media and the public are invited. The reception will be in the upstairs (2nd floor) atrium of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.

Welcoming Dr. Newton with their remarks will be: Dr. Jewel Mullen, Commissioner of DPH; State Rep. Angel Arce; Dr. Marie Spivey, CHE Chair; Kate McEvoy, Interim Medicaid Director, DSS; Glenn Cassis, AAAC Executive Director; and Vickie Veltri, JD, Health Care Advocate.

At the reception, Dr. Newton will give a short overview of the CHE goals for the upcoming year. A clinical ophthalmologist, Dr. Newton began her practice in 1990 and is licensed in New York, Florida, and Connecticut. Her research endeavors have included presentations to the American Public Health Association on "Role of Minority Physicians in Community Practice as Gatekeepers for Clinical Research," and "Recruitment of Diverse Populations in Pharmaceutically Sponsored Clinical Trials" for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. She recently produced "In the Shadows," a documentary on migrant tobacco farmworkers in Connecticut for the Public Voice Committee of CHE. Dr. Newton has received numerous honors and awards from the American Heart Association, Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceutical Company, the Association of Black Women (New York), and Outstanding Young Woman of America (New York City) among others.

She earned her MD in Medicine from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and trained at Columbia University, State University of New York in Brooklyn, and the University of Dallas, School of Management. She is a member of the National Medical Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The Connecticut Commission on Health Equity was established by the General Assembly to eliminate disparities in health status based on race, ethnicity, gender and linguistic ability, thereby improving the quality of health for all of the state’s residents.

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