Our Director of Health

 
 
Jim Monopoli
 Jim Monopoli

Jim has been a public health professional for over 30 years, serving various town and district health departments in Connecticut.  After serving in the Peace Corps in 2010-2011, Jim returned to accept the position of CRAHD Health Director in October of 2012.  Jim has an undergraduate degree in agriculture and natural resources and a Masters degree in public health, both from the University of Connecticut.

  


Greetings from the Director of Health

Welcome to the CRAHD website.  I hope you find this site helpful for your information needs.  In addition to our daily work to ensure that our residents have clean water, sewage disposal and good sanitation, I am committed to making CRAHD a source for people to get credible, reliable information on issues important to their personal health as well as the health of the general population.  To do that, we have a lot of work ahead of us.  We will strive to improve our delivery of services which include: health education, disease prevention and control, ensuring provision of quality medical services, health promotion activities, environmental health inspections and code compliance.  We will be strong advocates for health equity for our residents and plan to meet upcoming needs in public health well into the future.  A local health department such as CRAHD, is part of a larger public health system, which includes the medical community as well as peer agencies that consider prevention part of their respective mission.  I will work to strengthen those connections, so that we all work together for healthier citizens. 

Lastly, I am a firm believer that individual health is a right AND privilege.  At CRAHD, we will support you in your quest to make good decisions about your individual health, although our decisions are most often based on what is best for the health of the population.  This distinction is one that is usually in harmony between individual health and population health, but not always.  Optimal individual health must be an active endeavor, in other words, one must work at it for it to happen and so goes population health.  Unfortunately, but realistically, population health expectations, such as safe food, air, water, and disease control, are often viewed as a passive endeavor for many people, because the expectation is that there are dedicated people to make sure this happens for us.  We in public health are part of that larger group of people that work full time toward making it happen. 

To your health,

Jim Monopoli, Director of Health