Our members know their states! We bet you'll learn something surprising about Connecticut in this post from our member, Alexandra:
Name: Alexandra Ocampo, SHRM-SCP
City, State: Cheshire, Connecticut
Organization: Community Health Association of Connecticut
How long have you lived in Connecticut? Why do you choose to live there?
I’ve lived in CT now for over 10 years when I was relocated by my then-employer. In those 10 years since, I have been able to advance my career in different industries, complete my Master’s degree, and give my son a high-quality education and culturally diverse childhood experience. The residents of this state have grit, perseverance, and a bias for action on behalf of their neighbors’ well-being.
How is 3RNet impacting Connecticut?
3RNet is providing our FQHCs with a larger pool of candidates to recruit from. There have been numerous provider - health center connections made and our health centers are excited to continue hiring talented and committed medical providers.
What are the best cultural events that happen in Connecticut?
When it comes to city life, Connecticut has 5 big cities in reasonable proximity to each other: Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford, Hartford, and Waterbury. Each has its own personality, diverse population, and social/cultural happenings, including nightlife, gourmet food, museums, universities, parades, and festivals. In addition, Connecticut offers two world-class casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, that both offer live music, live performances, top-notch restaurants, and gaming.
Why should a health professional choose Connecticut over surrounding states?
A health professional should come to Connecticut because of:
- The diversity of the patients they will serve,
- The variety of neighbors they will have,
- The range of natural resources at their fingertips,
- The abundant opportunities for continued learning and advancement, and
- The plethora of cultural and social events both in and out of state.
What loan repayment programs does Connecticut have? Anything that makes those programs unique?
All Connecticut FQHCs offer primary care medical, dental, behavioral health care providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) while earning a competitive salary, in exchange for providing health care in urban and rural communities with limited access to care.
How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Connecticut?
The HHS clinical waiver program is available only for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics where the physician agrees to work for full-time (40 hours per week) in a Health Professional Shortage Area for three years in H-1B status. Connecticut has 17 FQHCs.
Are healthcare professionals valued in Connecticut?
Absolutely! Healthcare is Connecticut’s #2 industry and our state offers many different opportunities for support, continued learning, advancement, and mentorship.
Why do people travel to Connecticut?
Tourists come to Connecticut to get both a glimpse of the past and the future. Known as the Constitution State, Connecticut has incredible historical figures, landmarks, and museums that appeals to history-seekers. But Connecticut is also keen on the future; our public college and university system is among the best in the nation as is the cutting edge research being done at Yale University and other biomedical science companies.
What sports teams does Connecticut have?
We love our sports here in Connecticut! We have three professional baseball teams, one professional basketball team, three professional hockey teams, one professional soccer team, and one professional lacrosse team.
On an amateur level, we have our world-renowned UConn Huskies (men’s and women’s basketball are not to be missed!), as well as over 30 colleges and universities that field intercollegiate sports teams.
What is your favorite local food?
New Haven pizza, in all its forms! But please note that Connecticut has a wealth of mouth-watering cuisine, thanks to its incredibly diverse citizenry and dedication to excellence!
What is Connecticut best known for?
Connecticut is known for many things. Among them, Yale University, UConn, pizza, hedge funds, and being the “land of steady habits.”
What is the biggest misconception about Connecticut?
The biggest misconception of Connecticut is that it is just the filler between New York City and Boston. Far from it! Connecticut is a small but mighty state with entrepreneurial and proud individuals as well as diverse natural resources and communities! Our state slogan is “Travel less. Experience More.”
What are the biggest industries in Connecticut?
Connecticut’s biggest industries include:
- Insurance and financial services
- Healthcare and bioscience
- Large-scale manufacturing
- Digital media
- Tourism and entertainment
How is the weather/climate in Connecticut?
Connecticut benefits from the full spectrum of all four seasons: a lush and green spring, perfect beach days, a fiery autumn reflected in all our beautiful trees, and a (relatively) milder New England winter.