National Public Health Workers Day

CT Local Health Departments and Districts, including Naugatuck Valley Health District, Receive Recognition from Governor Lamont on

National Public Health Workers Day

Today, Naugatuck Valley Health District’s Director of Health, Jessica Kristy, and Assistant Director of Community Health Services, Carissa Caserta, attended a National Public Health Workers Day recognition event hosted by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) at the Katherine A Kelley State Public Health Laboratory. CT’s local health department and districts, their staff and volunteers, were recognized by Governor Lamont, DPH’s Commissioner Juthani, and DPH staff with special attention to the hard work and commitment to providing public health services for the wellbeing of all community members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of the State of Connecticut, I, Ned Lamont, Governor, take great pleasure in honoring and recognizing Naugatuck Valley Health District in celebration of National Public Health Workers Day on November 21, 2022.

The Monday before Thanksgiving each year is observed by the American Public Health Association and Reach!America as National Public Health Workers Day – to highlight and celebrate the profound contributions and sacrifices made by the public health workforce throughout the United States. This year, the State of Connecticut joins these and other distinguished public health organizations in paying tribute to the countless brave individuals in the public health sector who have worked with steadfast determination to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our shared community.

This year, I would like to convey sincere appreciation to the many residents who are employed by or volunteered for one of our public health districts, departments, or Tribal health offices throughout Connecticut – who valiantly rose to the occasion during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in doing so prevented the worst of possible health outcomes during a moment of unprecedented crisis. By coordinating public health services for the wellbeing of all community members – in particular our most vulnerable populations, including the elderly, homebound, low-income, and uninsured – local health organizations provided testing services, epidemiological investigations, medical material distribution, disease monitoring, and more. The courageous efforts made by your respective organizations over the past several years are deserving of the highest praise. Each and every one of you is a testament to the power of the indomitable human spirit, and the successes that are accomplished when we work together toward a united common goal. The State of Connecticut owes you a debt of gratitude for the heroic deeds you have made, and continue to make, throughout the pandemic, as we thoughtfully put the knowledge we have gained into practice. The results you have achieved to make Connecticut once again, a safe and healthy place for all, are deserving of the highest of praise.

Therefore, I, Ned Lamont, Governor of the State of Connecticut, on this day of Monday, November 21, 2022, do hereby officially convey honor and recognition upon Naugatuck Valley Health District in the State of Connecticut.”

Thank you, Office of Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Department of Public Health! We appreciate your recognition.

A message from Director Kristy: “I would like to thank Governor Lamont for his recognition and to the Department of Public Health for hosting today’s event with our public health colleagues from across the state! Furthermore, I would like to express my most sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Naugatuck Valley Health District and our Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers for your hard work, dedication to public health, and continuing to provide essential public health services throughout the entire pandemic.”

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