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Affordable Care Act Resources

Access Health CT

Access Health CT is a new health insurance marketplace being developed by the State of Connecticut to satisfy the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act. Our mission is to increase the number of Connecticut residents who are insured, lower their costs, promote health and eliminate health disparities. Access Health CT will operate at no cost to the state or its taxpayers.  

HealthAffairs Blog

Blog offers daily commentary on important issues in health policy. Hosted by the leading health policy journal, Health Affairs, the Blog provides a forum for the journal and its readers to quickly address new policy developments. The Blog features posts from noted health policy experts on both sides of the political aisle as well as regular Health Affairs contributors and staff.

Learn how the health care law affects you at The official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace. See your health insurance choices.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services offering links to partnership and training opportunities and to ACA resources.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies. Kaiser serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

National Network of Libraries of medicine supports collaboration among more than 500 libraries and information centers across New England with a goal to enhance access to health information for health professionals and the public.


ZeroDivide will partner with OCLC on a national project to improve public library eHealth services and prepare library staff to provide patrons with information and assistance related to the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information, an ability that requires both cognitive and technical skills. (Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy. American Library Association, January, 2013)


The Edge Initiative

Edge is a management and leadership tool that helps library leaders:

  • Assess current public access technology and how it’s used
  • Identify ways to strengthen or enhance public technology
  • Engage with key leaders about the value of the public library in strengthening communities

Helping Children Cope With Tragedy

Speaking to Children About the Shooting - Dr. Steven Marans of Yale Offers Advice to Parents (video)
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting (American Psychological Association)
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do/How Parents Can Help (National Institute of Mental Health)
Children and Violence (National Institute of Mental Health)
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Children and the News (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Coping With Unexpected Events: Depression and Trauma (See: Helping and Talking with Children) (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA))
Tips for Talking to Children about the Aurora Shooting (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
AAP Offers Resources to Help Parents, Children and Others Cope in the Aftermath of School Shootings (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events in Schools (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
School Crisis Guide: Help and healing in a time of crisis (National Education Association)
National Association of School Psychologists
Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration – SAMSHA)
Helping Youth and Children Recover from Traumatic Events (U.S. Department of Education)
Tips for Talking to Children about the Connecticut School Shooting (American Psychiatric Association)
Talking to Children about Disasters (American Psychiatric Association)  

Resources in Connecticut

Connecticut Education Association: Talking to Children About Violence
Helping Children and Families Cope with Trauma (2-1-1 United Way of Connecticut) – Child Trauma (Child Health & Development Institute of CT)
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) (Yale Child Study Center)
Yale Child Study Center

Relevant Websites

American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
National Institute of Mental Health – Coping with Traumatic Events
Creating and Updating School Emergency Management Plans (U.S. Department of Education)

Library Impact Studies




Statewide Library Services

Library Strategic Plans

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