What's New

Buprenorphine Waiver Training: March 19

QVHD, in collaboration with Yale Medicine and surrounding health districts, will be hosing a free MAT training for healthcare providers interetsed in the safe and effective treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. Physicians, Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners are invited to partcipate in the Medication Assisted Treatment training on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 from 1:00-5:00PM at Quinnipiac School of Medicine. See the flyer below or click here for more information. 

Friday, February 15, 2019
Hamden Overnight Warming Centers

Temperatures have dropped significantly over the last week and harsh weather conditions are predicted to continue into the weeks to come. The town of Hamden, in partnership with Columbus House, have opened overnight warming centers that are open to anyone seeking a warm, clean, safe, environment to wait out the cold nights. The warming centers will be open through the end of February from 10PM to 7AM, 7 days a week.

While these centers will not function as shelters with beds, snacks and warm beverages will be provided. See the flyer below for locations and what you will find on site. Anyone wishing to make donations of non-perishable, pre-wrapped items or new socks, new underwear, hats, scarves or gloves can do so at the Keefe Community Center, located at 11 Pine Street, Hamden CT.

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
2019 Update on FDA Food Code

 NOTICE TO LICENSED FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS

 

Update on Connecticut’s Adoption of the FDA Food Code

QVHD has been notified by the Connecticut Department of Public Health that Connecticut’s adoption of the FDA Food Code, that was scheduled to go into effect on no later than January 1, 2019 is delayed; therefore, we will continue using the current inspection form and rating system. The regulations to implement the new code are currently in the formal regulation review process. However, some laws have passed and are now in place including new classification definitions and Certified Food Protection Manager (formally known as QFO) requirements.

 

New Classification and Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)

Please refer to your renewal application (sent in December) which indicates your new class. All newly classified Class 2, 3, and 4 establishments are required to employ a trained CFPM. Certificates must be current and not expired. The delay in adopting the FDA Code provides more time to renew an expired certificate. Approved testing organizations can be found here.

 

Although it is not possible to predict the date the final regulations will be approved and implemented, it is hopeful that it will be sometime in 2019.We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available to us. In the meantime, feel free to call QVHD with questions.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Fight the Flu!

FLU SEASON AHEAD – PREVENTION IS KEY TO STAYING HEALTHY!

In the United States, flu viruses (seasonal influenza) is detected year-round.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.” (CDC, 2018)

Prevention

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.  The CDC has a whole page with information and resources about the flu vaccine. To access, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html

Locating Flu Vaccines

Nowadays, flu vaccines are available at many convenient locations.  Flu vaccines can be obtained at your local pharmacy, grocery store, urgent care facility, or physician’s office. To find the closest vaccination site near you, enter your zipcode in the flu-finder below! 

 

Friday, October 5, 2018
Join our Volunteer Force!

Volunteer Sign-up link: https://www.bitly.com/qvhdvolunteer

Interested in joining our volunteer team? Our awesome volunteers help strengthen public health, emergency response & community resiliency! As a volunteer you may be called upon to assist during an emergency or to simply help us collect food drive donations at a community event. Regardless, being a volunteer will allow you to connect with your neighbors and have a direct impact on the community you know and love. 

Want to go above and beyond? Join our Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit which does all of the above and MORE! You'll have the opportunity to participate in free, local and regional training's, assist in community education and outreach efforts and aid in emergency response. Don't let the name fool you, no medical background is required to be apart of our MRC! For more information and access to the application visit www.qvhd.org/qvhd-mrc 

 

Friday, September 14, 2018
School Based Health Center at Hamden High School Forms 2018-2019

Healthy Students Make Better Learners! 

Quinnipiack Valley Health District operates the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at Hamden High School. It is supported by a grant from the state of Connecticut. The SBHC is a state licensed outpatient clinic housed right in the school. The SBHC is open during school hours so that students and parents do not need to miss school or work to get care. All services are provided with no charge to students or families (no cost/fees to families) though billable services submitted to your insurance company when appropriate.

Orientation for Hamden High School is Thursday, September 13th from 6-8PM staff will be on-site to answer any questions!  

See Below for the 2018-2019 School Year Forms: 

School Based Health Center Enrollment Form 2018-2019 

School Based Health Center Flu Vaccine Consent Form 2018-2019 

 

Friday, September 7, 2018