New partnership provides investigative reporting on health, safety issues in Connecticut

14 Dec

We’re pleased this morning to kick off a new partnership with the Connecticut Health Investigation Team, led by two Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters with decades of experience covering the state.

Their work will appear in the New Haven Register, Middletown Press and Register Citizen in both our online and print editions. And we’re off to a great start … a database-driven story this morning about how hundreds of criminal arrests are made in Connecticut schools each year, including of young children and for offenses that used to just mean detention, such as giving a classmate a “wedgie.”

In previous months, using data journalism and traditional methods, C-HIT has written about hospitals pushing patients out the door too quickly, driving high “readmission rates,” about the lack of oversight of the home health care industry in Connecticut, about the asthma rate in the state’s urban areas, problems with Connecticut veterans accessing benefits due to them, and the state of security in Connecticut’s ports.

The effort is grant-funded and part of Paul Bass‘s Online Journalism Project, which also founded the New Haven Independent and the Valley Independent Sentinel.

Director Lynne DeLucia, a former assistant managing editor at the Hartford Courant, and lead writer Lisa Chedekel, a former Courant reporter, (both are also alums of the New Haven Register) have hit upon a reporting niche in the state that was vastly under-served and are owning it.

Like the Independent, the C-HIT project is grant-funded, and the goal is for their reporting to have the biggest impact possible, which means being seen by the biggest audience possible. That means we are paying an extremely affordable rate – a tiny fraction of the cost of adding two health care-focused investigative reporters to our staff – to publish its work. But C-HIT gains more exposure, as well as some funding that supplements grant money.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misspelled Lynne DeLucia’s first name. It’s “Lynne,” not “Lynn.”

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6 Responses to “New partnership provides investigative reporting on health, safety issues in Connecticut”

  1. Pamela McLoughlin December 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    They’re both great journalists and great people! Glad we have them on board again – in whatever form!

  2. Teresa Gallagher December 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Could you please report on the disconnect between the epidemic of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases and the failure to systemically address the cause of the epidemic, which is our overpopulation of deer? And that the reason that we do not address this issue is because officials do not want to deal with extremely passionate animal rights activists, even though the majority of residents approve of deer control? Instead, residents are instructed to make their properties inhospitable to wildlife and spray insecticides as a preventative. Municipalities are more or less left on their own to solve the problem (some token help here and there), yet need to follow strict state rules that limit hunting. Are municipalities expected to solve other regional epidemics on their own, like West Nile, SARS, or the flu? Connecticut has the highest rate of Lyme in the country and Fairfield County has the highest rate of Lyme in Connecticut. Thank you. For more information see the Fairfield County Deer Management Alliance webpage at http://www.deeralliance.com and http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/infectious_diseases/lyme/ManagementofHostAnimals_FNL.pdf

    • mattderienzo December 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

      Teresa, thanks for that idea. Passing it along to C-HIT and our editors.

      • Christy January 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

        That is a great idea! Also can you iinvestigate Nursing home care or lack of in many many cases? The quality/integrity of care the inadequate training of the workers, the political empires that reside within them and how the disabled and elderly are greatly victimized while held within their walls?

  3. Christy January 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Another important subject: INSURANCE COMPANIES Can you perform investigaticve actions on what the Insurance companies are making for yearly incomes and the cEOS are getting all the while they are CONTINOUSLY DENYING peoples valid health claims for such things as diabetes medicine, cancer treatments etc. Also they are manipulating, denying and misleading paying working class customers claims for home damages from all the storms we have had this last year like advising them to stay in motels for three or four weeks it was OK to no problem it would be covered while a large amount of water in the basement had to be removed and all kinds of things replaced at a large cost to the homeowner and causing great stress, life and home disruption and difficulties? The storms were NOT the HOMEOWNERS FAULT and yet Travelers and others were quite adept at finding ways to wheel and deal their way out of making any monatary disbursements after they mislead homeowners in believeing they would get some reimbursement to assist in getting things replaced, removed, and cleaned up all the while demanding their premium payments, though

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