The Paid Leave Podcast

The Connecticut Paid Leave Authority

Paid Leave is a hot topic in our country right now. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a national paid leave policy, and Connecticut is one of only 16 states and the District of Columbia to have a state program in place. Other cities and states are working to join the paid leave movement. The Paid Leave Podcast examines the state of Connecticut's paid leave program and the impact it has on various groups and diverse communities. Radio veteran Nancy Barrow interviews the people who fought to make paid leave a reality in Connecticut, and those who will ultimately benefit from the program. The states with paid leave include Connecticut, Rhode Island, California, New Jersey, New York, Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon, Maryland, Delaware, Minnesota, Colorado, Vermont, New Hampshire, Illinois, Minnesota and the district of Washington, D.C.

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Two Dads Share Their Stories of Fatherhood
Há 6 dias
Two Dads Share Their Stories of Fatherhood
Studies have shown that taking paternity leave helps fathers to feel less stressed, anxious, and depressed. The reason this happens is because of a hormone called oxytocin. When released, it promotes bonding and reduces stress levels. 43 percent of fathers are taking bonding leave through CT Paid Leave. This gives fathers time away from work with income replacement so they can bond with their baby whether by birth, adoption or fostering. Just in time for Father's Day which is June 16th, I talked with two fathers for a special podcast. Guest David Sergi lived in a state without a paid leave program when his first child was born, and moved to CT so they could expand their family in a state with a paid leave program with their second child. Guest Charlie Johnson has resided in CT and wasn't able to use CT paid Leave for his first child because it wasn't available yet. He was able to use it for his second child. Both David and Charlie say being able to take bonding leave has been life altering.David and Justin discuss the stigma of being a father taking bonding leave, how long they took off from work, how the CT Paid Leave program worked for them and how it changed their relationships with their families.To find out more about bonding leave or to apply for benefits go to: Qualifying Reasons (ctpaidleave.org)https://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
The complexity of diagnosing and treating Lyme disease and facts you may not know.
28-05-2024
The complexity of diagnosing and treating Lyme disease and facts you may not know.
Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector borne infectious disease in the United States. The CDC says more people are infected with Lyme Disease than breast cancer. Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases come with a lot of unknowns. Before starting to treat symptoms, you must first get a proper diagnosis. Unfortunately, diagnosing Lyme disease can be complicated and unclear.  Lyme disease can turn into a chronic health condition if it goes undiagnosed.  CT Paid Leave can help with this by giving you income replacement while you take time away from work for appointments, treatments and flare ups. Dr Myriah Hinchey is the medical director of Tao Center for Vitality in Hebron. Dr.  Hinchey is a naturopathic physician and Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS), and she is recognized as an expert in the field of Lyme disease and other complex chronic inflammatory conditions, with over 17 years of specialized experience. She has helped thousands of people infected to get effective treatment.  She says it is tough to get a diagnosis without getting more in depth and accurate testing done. Dr Hinchey says not all Lyme disease tests are created equal. The accuracy of Lyme disease tests can vary widely between testing methods, leaving many people without a reliable diagnosis, or misdiagnosis that can lead to many health complications. Dr. Hinchey also had Lyme disease and treated herself. She believes that prevention is the key and by doing tick checks every time you go outside, can save you years of agony.For information about Dr. Myriah Hinchey: Natural Lyme Disease Treatment Specialist - Specializing in natural herbal protocols - Dr Myriah Hinchey ND, Medical Director (taovitality.com)For the 3rd annual  LymeBytes Symposium in CT: LymeBytes™ Lyme Disease Conference & Community Support – LymeBytes!™For more information or to apply for benefits:  CT Paid Leavehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
Doulas deliver emotional and postpartum support to mothers.
13-05-2024
Doulas deliver emotional and postpartum support to mothers.
May is Maternal Mental Health Month. During the month, the focus is on increasing awareness about mental health and the well-being of mothers during pregnancy and the time after birth. About 10-15% of women experience postpartum depression. Mental health issues are the most common complication of childbirth. Doulas can help alleviate some of the emotional stress and burden from a parent as they help recognize what the parent needs.  Guests Brittany Needham and Shannon Knox created Golden Radiance Village, a holistic full spectrum doula company. They talked about what they do as doula's and the certifications and training they went through and how their friendship and business partnership grew. Doulas provide support to mothers regarding prenatal care and post-partum care which can include post-partum depression, which can be considered a serious health condition under CT Paid Leave. Shannon and Brittany talk about some of the signs families and friends should be looking for with post-partum depression. They talk about the emotional struggles for single parents, and how doula work can really help parents through trying times. Shannon and Brittany both think CT Paid Leave is a great service to offer their clients, because it can give new parents a chance to have time away from work, and to focus on their new baby and their own health needs and not worry about finances.  For more information or to get a hold of Golden Radiance Village go to: About Us — Golden Radiance VillageFor information or to sign up for benefits: go to : CT Paid Leavehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
A couple opens up about infertility, their IVF journey, and the joys of parenthood.
19-04-2024
A couple opens up about infertility, their IVF journey, and the joys of parenthood.
National Infertility Awareness Week is April 21-27. The week is an observance that aims to raise awareness about infertility, provide support, and foster conversations around this critical health issue. Roughly one out of six people experience infertility. The chance to expand a family can take time away from work to focus on testing, diagnostics, and treatment.  Dr. Maya Barsky is a lead physician at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services and Assistant Professor in the Department of OB/GYN at the UConn School of Medicine and is an infertility specialist. Dr. Barsky talks about some of the testing that can occur when infertility is an issue. She also discusses the treatments available to her patients who want to expand their family.  She said this can be a burden on a family financially, emotionally and physically.Crystal and Everett have underlying health issues that caused their infertility. Everett was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a child and had a double lung transplant. He knew that having children would be challenging with his condition and the anti- rejection medications. Everett and his wife Crystal went to the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services and had IVF treatments and had their first baby girl and are now pregnant with their second child due in July as a result of IVF treatments! Crystal is a unionized State of Connecticut employee and is not able to utilize CT Paid Leave. However, Everett is planning on taking CT Paid Leave for bonding with his second child. He also used CT Paid Leave when he had serious complications from COVID and was under the care of his doctor. Dr Barsky says that CT Paid Leave is a wonderful program for patients to utilize for the hardships of infertility diagnosis, and infertility and mental health treatments. To get in touch with one of the six locations at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services visit:  UConn Fertility | Center for Advanced Reproductive Services in Connecticut Or you can reach them at: 844-467-3483For information about CT Paid Leave or to apply for benefits please go to: CT Paid Leave https://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
A Mother Sees the Beauty in Her Child's Autism
08-04-2024
A Mother Sees the Beauty in Her Child's Autism
April is Autism Acceptance Month. According to the CDC, in 2023 one in 36 children were diagnosed as falling somewhere on the autism spectrum. The cost of caring for people with autism is predicted to reach $461 billion by 2025 in the U.S.Alanna, who has three children, knew very early on that something was different about her youngest son Lawson. She had to wait 2 years for further testing, and Lawson was diagnosed as Level 2 on the autism spectrum. Alanna feels that receiving an early diagnosis was very important to Lawson's wellbeing and treatment plan. She sees the beauty in the little things that Lawson does, like reading and drawing. Dr. Kristine Schlitchting is the founder and CEO of Hopewell Health Solutions, a therapeutic and psychiatric practice offering intensive outpatient therapy for children as young as 8 who suffer from a variety of disorders, including autism. She believes that a child's autism is a broader family issue, and that all the stakeholders including teachers and schools need to be on the same page to provide the best treatment strategy.  Dr Schlitchting encourages parents to utilize CT Paid Leave benefits, as there is usually a time commitment needed from the parents or caregivers with intensive outpatient therapy. Whether it is driving the child for treatment or being involved in family therapy, parents need the flexibility that CT Paid Leave can provide.To get more information about Hopewell Health Solutions go to: Mental Health Counseling | Glastonbury, CT | 06073 (hopewellhealthsolutions.com) Phone # 860-946-0477There are several locations including: West Hartford 1216 Farmington Ave. Suite 301West Hartford, CT South Glastonbury1420 Main St. Suite 124Glastonbury, CTDowntown Glastonbury300 Hebron Ave., Suite 201, 203 and 212Glastonbury, Ct Glastonbury33 Pratt St.Glastonbury, CTFor information on Valley View School in Portland CT: Valley View | Portland Schools (portlandctschools.org)For information about Autism:  What is autism? | Autism SpeaksFor information or to apply for benefits go to: CT Paid Leavehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
Gratitude from a Nurse Who Had Two Kidney Transplants
25-03-2024
Gratitude from a Nurse Who Had Two Kidney Transplants
March is National Kidney Month. The average cost of a kidney transplant in the United States ranges from $300,000 to $500,000. This figure includes pre-transplant evaluations, the surgery itself, post-operative care, immunosuppressant medications, and follow-up appointments. Programs like CT Paid Leave can help with up to 12 weeks of income replacement while you heal from major surgery.  Nick Arsenault is a seasoned nurse who's navigated his own two kidney transplants, all while continuing to hold down his job. Nick talks about the challenges he faced physically and emotionally during the process, and complications that came up during his fight with kidney disease. Nick used CT Paid Leave twice and considered it to be crucial to his healing process, allowing him time away from work so he could focus on his health. He utilized CT Paid Leave for his second transplant to supplement his company's short-term disability.  He considered the program to be a lifeline, because he was able to cover his bills while he was at home recovering. He also talks about the importance of asking for help if you are struggling with the reality of your health crisis. He talks about his journey with therapy to help with the emotional toll of undergoing dialysis and facing a kidney transplant. He now tells his patients that is it important not to neglect your mental health, because it is key to your overall health. Nick is currently using intermittent leave under the CT Paid Leave program to deal with issues that developed during his second transplant. He talks about living with a chronic health condition and the need for ongoing medical appointments and medications. Nick is now 2 years out from his last transplant and says he is thankful every day.  To find out more information about Hartford Hospitals Transplant program ; Transplant | hartfordhospital.org | Hartford Hospital | Hartford, CT To get in touch with the Kidney Foundation of CT: NKF Serving Connecticut | National Kidney Foundation For more information or to apply for benefits go to: CT Paid Leavehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
The Difficulty of Diagnosing and Treating a Brain Injury
11-03-2024
The Difficulty of Diagnosing and Treating a Brain Injury
Every 21 seconds, someone suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States. Most people don't know about brain injuries until it happens to them or a loved one. The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) is a non-profit organization that provides resources and support for individuals suffering from brain injuries, whether mild or severe. BIAC extends that support to family members and caregivers. BIAC's Executive Director Julie Peters and Senior Brain Injury Specialist Victor Darr talk about the difficulties in diagnosing and treating brain injuries and the importance of a proper diagnosis to the recovery process. Most of the services they provide are free of charge. They recognize how essential CT Paid Leave can be to both the individual suffering from a brain injury and their caregivers.  They say it gives people another resource to access that can help them during a difficult time. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, you can get information from BIAC's Helpline at 860-291-0291 or by email at general@biact.orgFor BIAC information go to: Home of Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (biact.org)CT information at the CT Dept. of Health: 36 INJ Traumatic Brain Injury (ct.gov)For information about CT Paid Leave go to: CT Paid Leavehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
The complexities of Diagnosing and Treating a Rare Disease.
23-02-2024
The complexities of Diagnosing and Treating a Rare Disease.
The last day of February is Rare Disease Awareness Day. You may not know much about rare diseases, but they do affect 1 out of 10 people across the world, and half of those are children. There are more Americans (30 million) who have a rare disease, more than all the people who have either HIV, heart disease or stroke. Having a rare disease can be a long and frustrating road for the patient and the family, with the average diagnosis taking 5 years or more. Rich Horgan is the founder and CEO of Cure Rare Disease in Woodbridge Connecticut. He founded the company after his brother Terry was born with a rare disease, and there was no known cure.  Rich talks about joining forces with scientists at Yale and other hospitals and working with clinicians and the FDA to try to create a drug to help his brother and other people fighting a rare disease. Rich talks about his choice to be in Connecticut, and how CT Paid Leave plays a strategic role in helping patients and their caregivers during this tough diagnosis to possible clinical trials and treatments.To find about more about Rich Horgan and Cure rare Disease: Cure Rare DiseaseRare disease at the National Institute of Health: Home - Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (nih.gov)Rare diseases at Yale: Rare Disease Research at Yale: Learn about our research and help us raise awareness. For more information about how to apply for benefits go to: CT Paid Leavehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
Eating Disorders and Navigating Recovery.
13-02-2024
Eating Disorders and Navigating Recovery.
Eating Disorders Awareness week is from February 26th to March 3rd. Something you may not know, is that eating disorders affect people of every age, race, size, gender identity, sexual orientation and background and about 28.8 million Americans will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime.  Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any other psychiatric illness (aside from the recent increase of opioid related deaths). Lending her expertise in this field is Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko, who has over 20 years of clinical experience with eating disorders. Rebekah is the Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations, Ambulatory Services, at Walden Behavioral Care in Middletown CT.  She earned her Master's degree in mental health counseling and is a licensed professional counselor in CT and other states, and she is a certified eating disorder specialist.  Rebekah says that eating disorders are complex, and for some people social media can be difficult to manage in treatment. "Social media is an avid partner in contributing to the power of diet culture and weight stigma.  We encourage our clients to discontinue, pause, or edit whom they follow on social media in order to limit the images, stories and/or reels that can be activating for their eating disorder. We have a group called "Eating Disorders in the Media", that focuses on teaching our folks how to develop a "fact checking" lens for social media use."  Rebekah also says that CT Paid Leave a lifesaver, because it is instrumental in getting people into lifesaving treatment. Rebekah has worked with several patients and caregivers who have used the CT Paid Leave program. She feels it is a lifesaver as it gives patients and their families the time to engage in proper treatment, without worrying about lost income.For information on Walden Behavioral Care in Middletown CT:  Eating Disorder Treatment Programs | Walden (waldeneatingdisorders.com)Walden phone # (888) 228-1253. Admissions email address is Admissions@WaldenBehavioralCare.com For Rebekah Doweyko:  rdoweyko@waldenbehavioralcare.comFor information or benefits go to: CT Paid Leavehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
Our CEO's Personal Struggle with Cervical Cancer
29-01-2024
Our CEO's Personal Struggle with Cervical Cancer
January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society says about 13,820 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed this year and about 4,360 women will die from cervical cancer.  CT paid Leave can help women going through any stage of this disease with income replacement benefits, and flexibility with different types of leave options. You can get up to 12 weeks of income replacement to take care of your own serious health condition or that of a loved one.  Dr. Jennifer Jorgensen is an OB-GYN at UConn Health Center and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UConn School of Medicine. She is a Gynecological Oncologist and treats cervical cancer. She says it's important to do all your screenings to catch anything in the early stages. She also thinks CT Paid Leave is really important for patients to be able to take time off for radiation or chemotherapy treatments. She also thinks allowing caregivers time off to help the patients is vital to improving the outcome of treatment. Erin Choquette is the CEO of CT Paid Leave and is a survivor of cervical cancer. Erin tells her personal story and how she found out she had cervical cancer at a follow-up medical appointment after the birth of her daughter.  She said cervical cancer screenings are important, but knowing and trusting when something just isn't right with your body is vital for an early diagnosis. Erin says she had a great support system and that helped her to get through the treatments and allowed her to focus on her healing. Erin says CT Paid Leave is so important for women going through a cervical cancer diagnosis to be able to take time off from work for treatment and recovery. For information about Cervical Cancer at UConn Health  go to: Cervical Cancer | Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center (uconn.edu)For Cervical Cancer prevention go to: Cervical Cancer is Preventable - UConn TodayFor information about CT Paid Leave and to apply for benefits go to: CT Paid Leavehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
Endometriosis is a painful chronic disease that is difficult to diagnose, but a new law can help.
26-12-2023
Endometriosis is a painful chronic disease that is difficult to diagnose, but a new law can help.
Endometriosis is a painful chronic disease that affects over 160 million women worldwide, 10 million across the United States and in Connecticut 1 in 10 women have it. The only way to get an accurate diagnosis is with surgery and that can cost somewhere between 20 and 30 thousand dollars or more. The cost of the surgery can be a huge barrier to get treatment for this debilitating condition. Connecticut is leading the way in research and is the first in the nation to get a law passed, House Bill 6672, "An Act Concerning Endometriosis".  In June, the General Assembly passed the legislation creating a first-of-its-kind endometriosis data and biorepository program to bring greater awareness, action and care options to those suffering from endometriosis. The person behind the law is State Representative Jillian Gilchrest who decided something had to be done for the women in the state suffering from this disease. She talks about the Working Group she created to help women with the challenges of living and working with the disease, the importance of having better care from medical professionals, and the need for continued research. Kailey Mitchell is an advocate, and a support group founder and she talks about her own battle with endometriosis and the challenges she faced in her life and with working. She talks about the troubles with diagnosis, the mental health component of the disease and why she formed her own support group in Connecticut.Finding time to see your healthcare provider or the maintenance of your condition are some of the many challenges of living with a chronic disease. CT Paid Leave can help with income replacement for this serious health condition. You can get up to twelve weeks of income replacement so you can focus on your health. For more information or to apply for benefits go to : CT Paid LeaveFor Endometriosis support groups go to: (20+) CT Endometriosis Support Group | Facebook For more information on the Endometriosis Working Group:  Endometriosis Working Group | Connecticut House DemocratsEndometriosis Reasearch: Endometriosis Research at JAXhttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
How to Live a Healthy Life with HIV
08-12-2023
How to Live a Healthy Life with HIV
December is HIV/Aids Awareness Month.   While the treatments for HIV have prolonged life expectancy, there is no cure yet. HIV it is considered a chronic illness or a chronic health condition. Since the first cases of HIV were reported more than 40 years ago, 78 million people have become infected with HIV and 35 million have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Kayce Harding is the director of the Center for Key Populations, which is part of Community Health Center inc. Kasey says that people can live healthy full lives after an HIV diagnosis. Treatments have also changed with daily medications that can keep the HIV detection in your blood very low. The new medications have less side effects and new research is being done on a monthly injection that will be easier than taking pills every day. Kasey says CT Paid Leave can help ease the burden for people with HIV. Being able to use paid leave for your continuing care gives peace of mind to patients, and it's important people know this service is available to them.CT Paid Leave can help patients take time off from work who qualify, with up to 12 weeks of income replacement for their own serious health condition or that of a loved one. HIV is considered a chronic health condition and CT Paid Leave can help with being flexible with the time off when you need it. If you need more time you can use block leave and take all 12 weeks at once , or there is intermittent leave and reduced schedule leave.To get in touch with Kasey Harding: Our Locations (chc1.com)or call 860-347-6971For home HIV test kits: 5 best at-home HIV tests: A comparison guide (medicalnewstoday.com)FREE HIV Self-Tests! - Greater Than HIVTogether TakeMeHomeTo find out more or to apply for benefits got to : CT Paid Leavehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
A Caregiver Used Paid Leave and Helps Take Care of Her Sister Out of State.
10-11-2023
A Caregiver Used Paid Leave and Helps Take Care of Her Sister Out of State.
November is National Family Caregivers Month.  58% of caregivers are women. Almost one-third of caregivers provide care at least 20 hours a week.  About 80 percent of caregivers care for adults aged 50 or older, and one in 6 non-caregivers expects to become a caregiver within two years.Caregiver leave under CT Paid Leave allows you to take time away from work to care for a loved one who is undergoing a serious health or family issue. Caregivers can be blood related but don’t have to be, they can also be related by affinity. That means that the person is like a family member, and it could be a best friend or a cousin or a neighbor or someone you live with but aren’t married to. You are allowed to take up to 12 weeks of income replacement in a calendar year. My guest is caregiver Mya Baldwin. Mya cared for her sister who was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer while she was pregnant with twin boys and living in New Jersey. Mya talks about how paid leave gave her 12 weeks of income replacement to help her sister with chemo treatments, and to help after the birth of her twin boys. Mya says that caregiver leave allowed her the flexibility to take time away from work so she could focus on the health and well-being of her sister.To find out more about caregiver leave, or to apply for benefits go to: CT Paid Leavehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
Domestic Violence and How Survivors Navigate the Court System
26-10-2023
Domestic Violence and How Survivors Navigate the Court System
In Connecticut, 1/3 of all criminal court cases involve domestic violence. Everyday dozens of victims seeking help can’t get it and are turned away from critical services, including shelters. Earlier this month a report claimed that Connecticut shelters were at 150 percent capacity. Some agencies were trying to get hotel rooms because of a lack of space. Whether you call it family violence, domestic violence or intimate partner violence it is a serious health crisis in Connecticut.Jennifer Lopez is the Interval House Director of Court Advocacy Programs in Hartford. Jennifer has worked for 30 years on behalf of domestic violence victims in the court system both in criminal and civil proceedings. She says COVID created a backlog in the court system, and they are still catching up with all the cases. She says every case in court is different but the most important part of leaving an abusive relationship is having a safety plan.Jane Doe is a domestic violence survivor and is going through both criminal and civil court proceedings and says CT Paid Leave is invaluable. She says there are many court dates, and it makes it hard to take time away from work to attend them.The Family Violence provisions that CT Paid Leave offers to eligible workers in Connecticut includes 12 days of income replacement along with the Family Violence Leave Act that offers 12 days of job protection for these reasons:1.    To seek medical care or psychological or other counseling for physical or psychological injury or disability for the victim (survivor) 2.    To obtain services from a victim services organization on behalf of the victim(survivor) 3.    To move or relocate due to such family violence 4.    To participate in any civil or criminal court proceeding related to or resulting from such family violence.If you or someone you know is the victim of family, domestic or intimate partner violence the statewide 24-hour toll free # in English call 888-774-2900 for Spanish call 844-831-9200.If you are in danger, please call 9-1-1.For more information about interval house:  intervalhousect.org or call (860) 246-9149.For information or to apply for benefits go to CT Paid Leave.orghttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
A 30-year old's survivor guide to living and thriving with Breast Cancer.
13-10-2023
A 30-year old's survivor guide to living and thriving with Breast Cancer.
One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Most are over the age of 50 when they are diagnosed, but not all of them are. Bianca was 2 days shy of her 30th birthday. She had a 2-year-old son, when she got her diagnosis. She was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer and found it herself during her monthly self-breast exam. Her journey of survival began with chemo, radiation and further ways to curb a recurrence. Bianca is 6 years cancer free but is always looking over her shoulder. She continues to educate her community with her own story.The Komen New England Executive Director Nicole Marohn says education is key to a better outcome with breast cancer. She says that black women still have a 4 percent lower incidence rate of breast cancer than white women, but they have a 40 percent higher breast cancer death rate. Komen does outreach in underserved communities to ensure a better outcome.Resources:CT Paid LeaveCT Paid LeaveSusan G. Komen for the Cure Connecticut      http://www.komenct.org/      The Connecticut Breast Cancer Coalition/Foundation      http://www.cbccf.org   Breast Cancer Resource Guide for Connecticut            http://breastcancer.uchc.edu    Breast Cancer: What Science Knows, What Women Think      http://www.ehhi.org/reports/breast_cancer/https://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
The rocky road to addiction recovery
10-09-2023
The rocky road to addiction recovery
National Recovery Month, which started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, and to recognize the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery possible. This is just a portion of President Biden's proclamation about National Recovery Month: " During National Recovery Month, we celebrate the more than 20 million Americans who have had the courage to seek help for substance use disorder, showing millions of others that recovery is possible. We honor their resilience and recommit to making sure that every American has access to the services and support they need to rebuild lives of purpose and hope. "Joining me to talk about addiction and treatment is Teodoro (Teo) Anderson Diaz, LCSW, LADC, a behavioral health care leader and practitioner from Wheeler Clinic he is the vice president of Health and Wellness Center Outpatient Services. Teo oversees the clinic’s mental health and substance abuse recovery services and ensures continued integration of behavioral health programs and primary care services.  He also served as a licensed clinical social worker and addiction counselor. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Springfield College of Social Work. Teo received a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in human service administration from Springfield College.Teo talks about a holistic approach to treatment and recovery. He looks at everything that is holding someone back from living a life of sobriety and directs people to live a life that is fulfilling. He talks about pain points and what is pushing someone to seek treatment for their addiction and he talks about the importance of diet and self-worth. He also says it is important to have a good support system in place and that the road to recovery may take several attempts.For more information about Wheeler Clinic go to :   Wheeler Health - Community | Health | Care (wheelerclinic.org)For a list of recovery services please go to : INDEX - DMHAS DirectoriesUnder CT Paid Leave, the leave may be taken only for treatment for substance abuse by a healthcare provider or by a provider of health care services on referral by a healthcare provider, but not for absences caused by an employee’s use of the substance. For more information go to: CT Paid Leave Authority (PFMLA)| Home | Official Sitehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave
A Doctor's note about Breastfeeding
28-08-2023
A Doctor's note about Breastfeeding
August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month and today we're looking at things from a doctor's point of view. Breastfeeding isn't always easy and for the best health outcomes the American Academy of Pediatrics( AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about six months, followed by continued breastfeeding with foods for at least two years and beyond as mutually desired. My guest is Dr. Jennifer Schwab. Dr. Schwab is a pediatrician with Rocky Hill pediatrics. She's a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She graduated Coombe laude from the College of Holy Cross and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She serves as Chair of the Connecticut Children's Care Network, an organization of about 200 pediatricians in Connecticut, which focuses on improving the quality and affordability of health care for children and their families, which is a huge problem. She's also the Division Chief of community Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and on the board of directors at CCMC.We talk about the health reasons to breastfeed for Mom and for the baby.  The dr. wants to make sure patients know their goals and she as a doctor tries to help patients to meet those goals. We also talk about peri-partum mood and anxiety disorders.  Resources:Rocky Hill Padiatrics: Rocky Hill PediatricsThe Nest collaborative: Nest Collaborative | Lactation Experts | Breastfeeding HelpLa leche League:  Breastfeeding Support / La Leche League of Connecticut (lllct.org)Breastfeeding Coalition : Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition - Home (breastfeedingct.org)State of CT:  Breastfeeding Resources for Connecticut Families – United Way of Connecticut – 211 and eLibrary (211ct.org) LactMed: Medication Safety in Breastfeeding | AAFPCT Paid Leave: CT Paid Leave Authority (PFMLA)| Home | Official Sitehttps://ctpaidleave.org/s/?language=en_UShttps://www.facebook.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.instagram.com/ctpaidleave/https://twitter.com/CTPaidLeavehttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ct+paid+leave