Big Hopes, Big Challenges:
Connecticut Children and the 2012 Legislative Session
Tuesday, November 15, 2011, Legislative Office Building, Hartford
From back to front: Commission on Children Chair Dr. M. Alex Geertsma; Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewell Mullen; Commission members Valeri Whitmer, Barbara J. Ruhe, and Donald R. Green; Department of Social Services Project Director Sylvia Gafford-Alexander; and Commission members Alison Hilding and Jordan E,. Grossman.
When the General Assembly convenes on February 8, 2012, it will face no shortage of issues impacting
children. The recession is driving up child poverty and youth unemployment. The competition for jobs is
making success in education more important than ever. Connecticut's persistent literacy gap is drawing
renewed attention and ideas. Obesity is putting children at risk for serious diseases and driving up health
care costs. And coordinated early care and home visitation are taking center stage in efforts to integrate
the delivery of services. With all this in mind, the Commission invited key lawmakers, agency
commissioners, and other policy leaders to discuss their vision and priorities for the coming year.
Length: 2 hours, 5 minutes.
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Dr. Jewell Mullen
Department of Public Health (DPH)
State Representative, New Haven
Chair, Black and Puerto Rican Caucus
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of Policy and Management (OPM)
State Senator, West Hartford
Higher Education & Employment
Select Committee on Children
Department of Children and Families (DCF)
Interim Executive Director
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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