Exciting Updates and Stories in Our Spring Newsletter!

We are thrilled to share some exciting updates and stories in our latest spring newsletter! Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect:

  1. Unveiling Our New Strategic Plan: Learn about our newly unveiled three-year strategic plan, which outlines our mission, vision, and goals for the future. Discover how we’re working to expand our reach and impact in the Greater Hartford community.
  2. Spotlight on Our Partnership with Avangrid: We are grateful for this partnership that allows us to enhance diabetes care to Malta’s patients
  3. Patient Success Story: Read an inspiring patient success story and discover how Malta House of Care is making a difference in the lives of uninsured adults in our community.
  4. Honoring Malta Founding Members: Join us in honoring the founding members of Malta House of Care, whose vision and dedication laid the foundation for our organization’s success.
  5. Introducing “Minute with Malta,” an innovative program exclusively for our staff and volunteers to stay informed about recent healthcare developments started by Malta’s Medical Director Dr. Angela Stein, M.D. FACP.
  6. Birdies for Charity and Upcoming Wonder Women Event: Get the latest updates on our participation in Birdies for Charity and learn how you can support our mission. Plus, find out all the details about our upcoming Wonder Women event, where we’ll be celebrating extraordinary women making a difference in our community.

Don’t miss out on these inspiring stories and important updates! Be sure to check your mailbox for our spring newsletter, coming soon. And for those who prefer digital reading, the newsletter stories are reproduced as news posts for your reference and convenience. Simply click on the links above to read the full articles. Or view the PDF here

Partnership Spotlight: Gratitude for our Partners & Enhancing Diabetes Care

At Malta House of Care, we are immensely grateful for the steadfast support and generosity of Avangrid Foundation, whose partnership has been instrumental in advancing our mission of providing essential healthcare services to those in need.

With Avangrid Foundation’s support, we have been able to bolster our efforts in diabetes management, particularly in the area of A1C testing supplies. These supplies play a crucial role in monitoring blood sugar levels and empowering individuals to take control of their health and well-being. By ensuring access to these resources, we are able to better support individuals in managing their diabetes and improving their overall health outcomes.

The partnership between Malta House of Care and Avangrid Foundation exemplifies the power of collaboration in addressing community health challenges. Together, we are working to strengthen healthcare access and outcomes for underserved populations, making a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and families across our community.

We extend our sincere appreciation to Avangrid Foundation for their continued support and partnership. Their dedication to advancing community health initiatives is instrumental in our collective efforts to build healthier and more resilient communities. Together, we are making strides towards a healthier future for all.

According to CDC research, 1 in 10 adults in America has diabetes, and astonishingly, 1 in 5 are unaware of their condition. Diabetes accounts for a substantial portion of healthcare spending in the U.S. The Avangrid Foundation grant equips Malta House of Care with vital resources to detect, monitor, and manage diabetes effectively and tools to intervene early and create personalized treatment plans to track our patient progress effectively.

Patient Success Story: Malta guides immigrant on her health journey

Meet Fatima, a resilient 41-year-old woman from Guinea, Africa, who moved to the United States in 2023. When she first visited Malta House of Care in July of that year, little did she know that her journey would lead to improved health and well-being in just six short months.

During her initial visit, concerns arose when elevated blood sugar levels hinted at a potentially life-altering diagnosis. Initially prescribed oral medication for what was presumed to be Type 2 Diabetes, Fatima hesitated to commence treatment, feeling well and displaying no symptoms. However, a closer examination and subsequent lab tests unveiled a different reality: Fatima was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Fatima initially hesitated to start insulin treatment upon receiving the challenging news. However, the compassionate team at Malta House of Care provided unwavering support and guidance. Spending over two hours with Fatima, they delved into the intricacies of diabetes management, diet, exercise, and insulin administration. Despite the language barrier, as Fatima does not speak English, Malta ensured she received essential tools, including a glucometer and educational handouts, through the assistance of an interpreter.

In the ensuing weeks, Fatima’s journey to health continued with regular follow-ups and ongoing support from the Malta House of Care team. Despite navigating immigration challenges, unemployment, and language barriers, Fatima demonstrated remarkable progress. By January 2024, she had secured Medicaid coverage and appointments for continued diabetes management with Community Health Center and UConn Endocrinology.

Fatima’s story epitomizes the transformative impact of Malta House of Care’s comprehensive care model. Through timely diagnosis, compassionate support, and access to essential resources, individuals like Fatima are empowered to navigate life’s challenges and pursue a path to improved health and well-being.

Your support enables stories like Fatima’s to become a reality. Join us in making a difference. Donate today.

*Please note: “Fatima” is a fictional name given to a real patient at Malta in order to respect her privacy while highlighting the real impact of Malta House of Care’s support.

Vaseline® Teams Up with Malta House of Care for Mended Murals Initiative

Malta House of Care is proud to announce their partnership for the Mended Murals initiative by Vaseline®, a groundbreaking campaign dedicated to restoring street art and promoting skin health awareness within marginalized communities across the country. As part of the brand’s continued efforts to achieve skin health equity, the Mended Murals project is a multi-city initiative that uses art restoration as a method to shed light on the importance of caring for skin of color and underscores the need for increased access to skin health resources for underrepresented communities.

Mended Murals launched on December 7, 2023 and VaselineBrand® selected to restore Hartford’s iconic “Star Gazing” mural by artist Corey Pane and support the Malta House of Care’s mission to provide essential healthcare services and to mobilize volunteers, partners, and donors to improve the overall health and well-being of uninsured adults in Greater Hartford by providing free primary care health services. The mural, located on Asylum Street, serves as a testament to the power of creativity and community and features Pane’s family and friends engaged in various artistic pursuits. The mural inspires young people to dream and create and as part of the restoration project a QR code was integrated to provide community members with information about access to skin health resources.

“We’re honored to be selected by Vaseline® and be a part of their Mended Murals initiative,” said Dianne Auger, Executive Director of Malta House of Care. “This initiative preserves cultural heritage and promotes skin health equity in our community. We are grateful to have Vaseline® as a partner.” As part of their commitment, Vaseline® has donated $50,000 to Malta. This financial contribution will support Malta House of Care in its mission to ensures that uninsured adults in Greater Hartford have access to free primary care services and skin health resources.

To learn more about the Mended Murals initiative and nominate a mural for restoration, visit SeeMySkin.com/MendedMurals. Together, let’s celebrate creativity, community, and skin health equity!

Avangrid Foundation and CT Natural Gas Fuel Malta House of Care’s Diabetes Initiative

The Malta House of Care expresses profound gratitude to the Avangrid Foundation, in partnership with CT Natural Gas, for their impactful grant providing 850 A1c test kits. These kits are pivotal for monitoring blood sugar levels in both new and existing patients, aiding in the early identification of diabetic and prediabetic markers.

According to CDC research, 1 in 10 adults in America has diabetes, and astonishingly, 1 in 5 are unaware of their condition. Diabetes accounts for a substantial portion of healthcare spending in the U.S. The Avangrid Foundation grant equips Malta House of Care with vital resources to detect, monitor, and manage diabetes effectively and tools to intervene early and create personalized treatment plans to track our patient progress effectively.

This partnership reflects a shared commitment to enhancing community health. Malta House of Care continues to stand as a beacon of accessible healthcare, with the support of organizations like the Avangrid Foundation and CT Natural Gas. Together, they are championing health equity and creating pathways to healthier futures for individuals facing diabetes.

Flu Clinics: Malta Partners with Optum Health for Patient Wellness

Thank you to Optum Health for a successful series of Flu Clinics! We are fortunate that Optum donated 300 flu vaccines to Malta and we have administered them to 146 individuals … and counting! 


Malta House of Care is excited to announce a series of upcoming Flu Clinics in partnership with Optum Health, aimed at providing accessible flu vaccinations to our valued patients.

Clinic Dates and Locations:

  • Wednesday, September 20th: 10 am – 2 pm at Malta’s Clinic, 136 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
  • Thursday, September 28th: 12 pm – 3:30 pm at St. Augustine, 10 Campfield Avenue, Hartford
  • Monday, October 2nd: 10 am – 2 pm at St. Rose, 33 Church Street, East Hartford

Why It Matters: Influenza vaccination is a critical preventive measure to protect against the flu virus, especially for vulnerable populations. By partnering with Optum Health, we are reinforcing our dedication to patient wellness and promoting a proactive approach to healthcare.

What to Expect: Patients can look forward to a seamless and efficient vaccination experience at these clinics. Our friendly and experienced healthcare professionals will be on hand to administer vaccinations and address any questions or concerns.

Malta House of Care is committed to enhancing the health and quality of life for the communities we serve. We encourage all our patients to take advantage of this opportunity to safeguard their health during the upcoming flu season. We look forward to your participation in these clinics and thank Optum Health for their partnership in promoting community well-being.

To make an appointment:  please call 860.725.0171.

Malta hosts Women’s Wellness Clinic

Malta recently hosted a Women’s Wellness clinic in collaboration with Hartford Hospital’s Mobile Mammography Van. This initiative aimed not only to provide essential medical services, but also to underscore the significance of proactive healthcare within our communities.

The event was a resounding success as we welcomed eleven women to receive both physical exams and mammograms. The partnership with the Hartford Hospital enabled us to offer comprehensive care in a convenient and familiar setting as part of Malta’s mission and ongoing commitment to ensuring accessible healthcare for all.

The importance of these services cannot be overstated. Routine check-ups and screenings play a pivotal role in early detection and prevention of potential health issues. Our commitment to fostering holistic wellbeing extends beyond mere medical procedures; it’s about empowering individuals with the knowledge and resources to take charge of their health.

We take great pride in providing such initiatives, as they align perfectly with our mission to deliver accessible and high-quality care to our communities. Together, we can continue to build healthier and stronger communities.

          

Aetna and CVS partner with Malta

A huge thank you to Aetna and CVS for their generous donation to Malta! They provided us with 300 cinch sacks, each packed with essential items like soap, sunscreen, deodorant, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, bandages, and cotton swabs. Additionally, they gave us around 75 boxes of extra supplies. We are incredibly grateful for their support and the volunteer effort of their employees. Together, we are making a positive impact in our community. Check out more about the social responsibility approach at CVS here.

Malta and City of Hartford Partner on #Getvaxxed Campaign

#Getvaxxed Clinic at Malta | January 19, 2023

Malta House of Care, Inc. and the City of Hartford Health and Human Service Department are partnering to provide COVID-19 vaccines and boosters and flu vaccines to anyone ages 5 and up at two Malta House of Care locations in Hartford. No appointment is needed.

Starting on January 19th, vaccines will be available on the third Thursday of each month, through March. Vaccines will be available on January 19th, February 16th, and March 16th at:

  • Malta House of Care’s clinic at 136 Farmington Avenue from 10:00 to 11:30 am, and
  • Malta House of Care’s mobile medical clinic site at St. Augustine’s Church at 10 Campfield Avenue from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state, impacting communities hardest hit by the virus and its ripple effects, especially lower income communities and uninsured residents in Malta’s catchment area.  COVID-19 spread and the continued impact of a hard-hitting flu season make it imperative that COVID-19 vaccines and boosters and flu vaccines are more accessible to residents at higher-risk of contracting the viruses and harsher symptoms of the viruses.

The City of Hartford and Malta House of Care, Inc. with its trusted relationships with uninsured residents of the city, are committed to vaccination access for Hartford residents.

On January 19, 2023, community organizations were onsite at Malta’s location on Farmington Avenue to assist residents with related needs, including The United Way, the Hartford Public Library’s American Place, and City of Hartford Health and Human Services.  Malta House of Care is also partnering with the Cathedral Food Pantry, located in the same structure, which opens its doors on every Thursday morning. The United Way Young Legends Program will be at the Food Pantry to offer $50 gift cards to those completing the Young Adult Employment Survey.

While the City’s “goal” is to create access for Hartford underserved residents, anyone five and over is eligible. Vaccinations and boosters are available regardless of insurance status. 

For more information on the #Getvaxxed campaign, visit getvaxxed.info or call 860.757.4700, option 3.

 

As part of the event, Malta was happy to have Hartford’s Young Legends group host a table at our #Getvaxxed clinic. Young Legends is a youth-led, youth-built team of young adults that work together to push youth voice within the community with the help of the Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative. They are focusing on increasing employment rates in Hartford and are currently hosting a Youth and Young Adult Employment survey and giving youth (ages 16-29) $50 gift cards for taking the survey.

 

 

View the press release.

Congratulations to Malta’s inaugural Community Partner Award winners!

On Thursday, December 1, 2022 we celebrated the Magic of Magic and presented our inaugural Community Partner Awards to three partners who have gone above and beyond to show care and concern for others. Malta relies on the support from its generous donors and also need partners in our community to help us take care of our patients. Some are obvious partners for health care support … and some not so obvious. Our inaugural Community Partner Awards recognize:

  • Laurence Burnsed, Director of Health and Social Services in East Hartford, in appreciation of your and the Town of East Hartford’s immediate partnership and collaboration with Malta’s staff and our patients, including direct assistance with health care and other needs at our clinic site in East Hartford and your assistance with connecting patients outside of East Hartford to their local social service agencies. (Mayor Michael Walsh was there to present the award along with Malta)
  • Julie Redding, Hartford Public Library’s The American Place AJC Site Manager/Liaiso, in appreciation of your hard work in helping many of our patients who are immigrants access services and information at The American Place that they might otherwise not receive. (accepted by Bridget Quinn, President and CEO of Hartford Public Library on her behalf)
  • Nesti Risto, Pharmacy Manager at a local Stop & Shop Pharmacy, in appreciation of your hard work in going above and beyond in helping our patients access no cost and affordable medications that they truly need. (accepted by colleague Migdalia Ortiz on his behalf)

On behalf of the Malta House of Care board, staff, volunteers and, most importantly, our patients, Executive Director Victoria Veltri expressed deep gratitude to all three of our awardees for being a true partners in our mission. For over 16 years, Malta has provided no cost primary care to the uninsured adults in the Greater Hartford region. Thanks to the efforts of our recipients, Malta has been able to go the extra mile for its patients. 

The Magic of Malta event, hosted by Jocelyn Maminta, Malta Wonder Woman Class of 2013, Former CT News Anchor/Reporter, and Co-Founder of Caroline’s Room, was a huge success. Thank you to our lead sponsors Cigna and Trumbull Family Foundation; silver sponsors Rossmore Private Capital and Liberty Bank; and bronze sponsor CT Health Foundation. Over 70 guests enjoyed a private viewing of a new exhibition at the Connecticut Science Center, “The Forest of Illusion,” enjoyed up-close magic with magician Christopher Hulbert, a cocktail reception, good company, and the premier of a new video featuring Malta’s new clinic in the words of its patients. Thank you to everyone who attended! Help Malta continue to Make Magic by donating today!