The mission of the department is to protect the well-being of the people in Hartford, to promote an environment conducive to healthy lifestyles, and to prevent adverse health outcomes.
Welcome to The City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services (HHS) provides a variety of services and programs to protect and assist residents and its visitors. HHS has five divisions: Maternal and Child Health, Senior and Community Services, Environmental Health, Disease Prevention, and Health Promotion, and Administration.
Whenever possible, the Department will endeavor to employ strategies, policies, and interventions through community partnerships to reduce health disparities.
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Liany Elba Arroyo, MPH, CPH
Director of Health and Human Services
Liany is the Director of Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services and oversees five divisions aimed at improving and protecting the health of the City’s residents and visitors. Liany holds a BA in psychology from Wellesley College, an MPH from Columbia University, and is Certified in Public Health. She has worked in non-profit and the government sectors for over 20 years.
Previously Liany Elba Arroyo was the senior director of health equity at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (TNC), where she ensures an equity lens is applied to the organization’s work.
She served as the organization’s director of partnerships, where she oversaw the development of programs and the dissemination of messages and resources tailored for the Latino and African American communities. Before coming to TNC in 2013, Ms. Arroyo spent more than 13 years working in the government and nonprofit sectors developing programs and promoting public policies that aimed to improve the health status of Latino communities across the nation.
Most recently, she was the associate director of the Education and Children’s Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza, where she advanced NCLR’s education priorities and policies affecting Latino children and youth. Ms. Arroyo has published several pieces on children and Latino health and has been cited by Spanish and English media, including the New York Times, Newsweek, ABC News, and Univision.