Hartford, CT (PRWEB) April 7, 2011 – Health Justice CT (http://www.healthjusticect.org) is pleased to announce that Heang Tan has joined the initiative as project manager. Health Justice CT is an innovative initiative designed to use social media channels as the foundation for raising awareness about the issue of racial and ethnic disparities. The initiative is dedicated in creating a vital movement of Connecticut residents that work together to develop innovative solutions and ultimately achieve health justice for everyone in Connecticut. Now in its second year, the program is committed to deepening its roots and forging strong alliances with the public and other organizations throughout Connecticut. Tan will be responsible for program development and management, as well as awareness raising and online and offline community outreach.
Prior to joining Health Justice CT, Tan worked at Khmer Health Advocates (KHA), where she led the National Cambodian American Diabetes Project. She has had direct experience as a community health worker and is a long time advocate and community organizer on issues pertaining to racial and ethnic health disparities, access to healthcare and genocide awareness as a public health concern. She has been involved in several community initiatives and non-project boards and was recognized with an Exemplary Citizen Award for her service in the community in 2009.
“Heang’s impressive experience, great track record of success, and deep understanding of the issues, combined with her involvement in numerous Connecticut-based nonprofit and community initiatives will be an extremely valuable asset to the Health Justice CT program,” stated Patricia Baker, president & CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) (http://www.cthealth.org), the program’s funder.
“Social media are being used to enable movements that are changing the political and social landscape all over the world. We believe it is possible that these tools and technologies can be used to change the way we think and talk about issues like health disparities,” added Jen McClure, board president, Society for New Communications Research. “We are extremely honored to partner with CT Health, and are looking forward to strengthening the foundation we created last year to use social media to raise awareness, increase conversations, and build public will to address the problem of racial and ethnic health disparities. We are confident that with Heang’s day-to-day management of this program, we will achieve our goals and objectives for the Health Justice CT initiative.”