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Educational Programs Initiative

The Connecticut Division of the American Liver Foundation educates over 7,000 residents of the state each year through a variety of public and patient education programs. Our audiences range in age from 12 to senior citizens. All programs give detailed information in age-appropriate formats about the essential functions of the liver, various risks to liver health, and action steps to prevent or cure liver diseases.

Programs are offered as part of school health education, to clients in drug and alcohol treatment programs, and in corporate settings, service organizations such as Rotary Clubs, and senior centers. All of our public and patient education programs are provided free of charge.

Love Your Liver and the Teens to Twenties Liver Wellness Guide: Love Your Liver were developed for students in middle school. The Teens to Twenties program targets high school and college-age students. Age appropriateness is maintained when presenting these programs, which explain the importance of a healthy liver, the primary risks to liver health, and action steps to maintain liver wellness. A slide set and various visual aids enhance the effectiveness of the programs’ impact on students.

The Liver Wellness Education Program presents much of the same information as the youth programs, but in a manner appropriate for general adult audiences. Special emphasis on the importance of hepatitis C testing for baby boomers and managing medications.

The Viral Hepatitis Education Program is offered at community organizations for people at high risk of hepatitis C infection. It gives information about the many risk factors for hepatitis C, the diagnostic tests performed, and current treatments that are curing the majority of people with the disease.

To schedule program in your school, corporation or community group, please contact Donna Sciacca, Community Outreach and Education Manager of the American Liver Foundation’s Connecticut Division, at dsciacca@liverfoundation.org or by calling our office at (203) 234-2022.

Other Education and Awareness Activities

Patient and Family Forums will be offered beginning in January 2016. These forums will feature a variety of topics, including “Preparing for a Liver Transplant” and “Coping with Chronic Illness” and will be presented at the American Liver Foundation office in North Haven, Connecticut. Stay tuned for program dates, times and featured topics and speakers.

Advocacy Day at the Capitol will be held on May 2, 2016 in the North Lobby of the State Capitol in Hartford. Patient advocates will meet with key legislators, and we will have awareness tables set up for legislators and the general public. More details will be provided as they become available.

Page updated: November 10th, 2015