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Clean Water

Through 2,600 drinking water systems, Connecticut provides drinking water to over 2.7 million people each day. Connecticut is committed to treament, monitoring, source protection, and consumer education.





Infectious Disease

Immunization is the best protection against infectious disease. It also saves money and lowers medical costs. For every $1 Connecticut invests in just the DTP vaccine (Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis), it saves $6.21. Every year since 1996, Connecticut has ranked in the top 5 states in the nation for on-time childhood vaccinations.


Clean Air and Renewable Resources

Diesel emissions within the state cause 200 premature deaths, 300 heart attacks, 4,000 asthma attacks and costs the state $100 million in non-fatal health impacts per year. Because of this, Connecticut has been working on a Clean Diesel Initiative to achieve near term pollution reductions and a 75% reduction in particulate matter.

To combat global warming, Connecticut is working to have at least 23% of its power from renewable resources by 2020. Connecticut is also working to increase its renewable energy supply by 150 megawatts over current capacity.

Mentoring and Education

Connecticut is home to 3 higher education schools of public health, offering graduate and undergraduate classes. The CPHA Mentoring Organization Registry is also leading the way to bring public health to the 172,000 high school and 60,000 community college students in Connecticut.





CPHA works alone and with a coalition of health organizations to achieve legislative success to improve the health of Connecticut's population. This year, CPHA has focused on bills ranging from the elimination of BPA from receipt paper to a bill which would require business offer paid sick-days to their employees.







Environmental Health

Connecticut's waste facilities process over 500 tons of waste each day, amounting to more than 2 million tons of waste per year. Much of it is processed in waste-to-energy facilities which produce 630 million kilowatts of energy each year and reduces garbage volume by 90%. Connecticut also has recycles metal, glass, paper, plastic and electronic equipment. Since 1999, Connecticut has recycled 1.7 million pounds of electronic equipment.



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