The City of Hartford released what it calls a health needs assessment today. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.
Mayor Pedro Segarra conceded this -- the study that links poor health with other social issues like education, housing, crime, and poverty doesn't exactly break new ground.
"For a long time, we've known of the interrelationship of health to unemployment, health in terms of limited educational outcome. We've known those things."
More significant may just be what the report represents -- an effort by three major hospitals in the city to agree on mutual priorities for Hartford's health. The report was funded in part by Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Segarra said that having those three institutions on the same page when it comes to prioritizing their community outreach is a step forward -- one he hopes will pay off when it comes to things like applying for health-related grant funding.