The non-profit Connecticut Health Investigative Team [C-HIT] is dedicated to producing original, responsible, in-depth journalism on issues of health and safety, in Connecticut and the surrounding region.
Who We Are
A team of award-winning journalists, based in Connecticut, who have come together to provide the public with informative stories about health, safety and medical issues. C-HIT is a web-based news service that serves three main purposes:
- To fill a void in health, safety and medical coverage by producing a steady stream of news stories, many of them investigative, that focus on systemic problems within the healthcare system that affect real people – ie, the quality of care in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other facilities; regulatory actions by government agencies; mental health treatment issues involving children and adults; and healthcare reform, including coverage of the insurance industry, the impact on consumers and the elderly.
- To provide regular coverage of healthcare issues faced by veterans, especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. C-HIT journalists have extensive experience in covering veterans’ health issues.
- To provide citizens with an independent, continually updated and user-friendly database that empowers consumers to access information from regulatory agencies and other sources on healthcare facilities and providers.
C-HIT has received start-up funding from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and from the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, and is aggressively seeking funding from other foundation and private sponsors. C-HIT initially will be focused on Connecticut, but could be expanded to other states.
C-HIT is overseen by a team of veteran Connecticut journalists, including: C-HIT Editor Lynne DeLucia, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former assistant managing editor of the Hartford Courant with more than 35 years’ experience in Connecticut journalism; and Senior Writer Lisa Chedekel, a former reporter for The Courant and winner of numerous journalism awards, including a 1999 Pulitzer Prize and a 2007 George Polk Award. The reporting team includes a pool of experienced freelance journalists.
C-HIT works with students in the journalism programs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, and the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, on research for stories, while providing the next generation of journalists with practical reporting experience. C-HIT also runs summer investigative reporting workshops for high school students.
C-HIT is a member of the Investigative News Network, a coalition of non-profit journalism organizations that produce non-partisan investigative news.
For more information contact Lynne DeLucia, C-HIT editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-215-6373.
Policy on Editorial Independence
We subscribe to INN’s standards of editorial independence as follows:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We will maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization also may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $1,000 or more. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.
Our Board of Directors
Ethics Policy: The Board of Directors provides expertise, guidance and operational support to C-HIT, but has no control or input into editorial decision-making.
Marie K. Shanahan’s interest in the possibilities of interactive media led her away from an early career as a print journalist to the digital side of news. After five years as a newspaper reporter, she spent the next decade as a digital news producer and online editor at The Hartford Courant. Her online roles involved expanding the presentation of all facets of news content on the Courant’s websites, training the newsroom in best practices of online journalism and building audiences with social networking tools. In July 2010, Shanahan joined AOL/Patch.com as a Regional Editor. In August 2011, she was appointed to the journalism faculty at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the intersection of journalism, technology and free speech/anonymous online speech, as well as online media ethics and emerging digital newsgathering and storytelling techniques. Shanahan holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from UConn and a master’s degree in Interactive Communications from Quinnipiac University.
Susan Whetstone is retired in 2014 from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) after serving as interim president for three years. She joined CHFA in April of 2009 as its Chief Administrative Officer with responsibility for organizational and operational improvements, strategic planning, information technology and human resources. Prior to joining CHFA, Susan served for nine years as the Chief Administrative Officer for the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. Susan has held a variety of positions in public service administration with the City of New Haven over the past 25 years including Chief Administrative Officer for the City from 1989-1990 and 1997-2000. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Yale-New Haven Hospital and Start Community Bank in New Haven. She has previously served on the boards of The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, the New Haven Board of Education, the New Haven Board of Fire Commissioners, Concepts for Adaptive Learning, Women’s Health Services, the Yale Public Interest Law Initiative and the Child and Health Development Institute of Connecticut.
Beth Derby of Old Saybrook, CT, is a registered nurse and healthcare consultant with many years of experience as an executive, primarily in ambulatory surgery, dealing with regulatory issues, human resources, and day-to-day operations. She has extensive experience in data management and healthcare regulation.
William Dyson of New Haven was elected to the Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1977 and was a member of the Black and Hispanic Caucus. Dyson served for 16 years as the co-chairman of the budget-writing appropriations committee. During his tenure, he sponsored legislation on health care, welfare and criminal justice reforms. He left the legislature in January 2009. Dyson is a retired New Haven teacher and counselor.
Isabel Morais, MD, is the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston. Previously, she practiced at at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and in Connecticut was affiliated with Yale-New Haven Hospital. She received her medical degree from NYU and did her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has worked in urban clinic settings and served on hospital committees and community boards. She has vast expertise in women’s health issues and community healthcare needs.
Rich Hanley is an associate professor of Journalism and the graduate program director of Journalism in the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Connecticut. Hanley has worked for more than 25 years as a journalist, writer, professor and documentary film producer, including a stint at Time magazine, among others. He has received seven Emmy nominations for his work in television. At Quinnipiac, where he has been a faculty member since 2001, Hanley played an instrumental role in elevating the graduate Journalism program to national prominence with a focus on multimedia journalism and in transforming the Interactive Media graduate program into one of the most innovative and largest of its kind in the country. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Haven and a master’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Lindy Lee Gold is a senior specialist at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development responsible for business retention, recruitment, expansion and development of public housing. She represents the commissioner on all workforce development and education boards and commissions. From April 1996 to 1997 she was director of development and community relations for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Connecticut office). Lindy is the chair of the Gateway Community College Foundation, is a Pierson College Yale University Fellow, vice-president of the Jewish Federation Association, and a member of the executive board of the Shubert Performing Arts Center. She has received numerous community awards including the 2013 Urban League of Southern Connecticut Community Service Award and the 2012 Connection Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jeanne Milstein has a long and distinguished career in public service to children and families in the state of Connecticut and now New York State. She served as Connecticut's Child Advocate from 2000 until 2012. She currently serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Policy Development for the Office of Children and Family Services in New York State. She began her career as a VISTA volunteer immediately after graduating from Cornell University in 1977. Jeanne has also served as the Director of Government and Community Relations at the Department of Children and Families; Legislative Director at the Connecticut Commission on Children; Director of Government Relations at the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women; and Director of the Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut. Jeanne is guided by the adage, "If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention." She is a tireless and passionate advocate for children and families.
Elaine Braffman is a former New Haven alderwoman, senior child care counselor and caseworker, who has spent much of her adult life making New Haven a better place for people to live and work. As Beaver Hills Ward 28 alderwoman, Braffman was a tireless advocate for cleaning city neighborhoods and forcing absentee landlords to take care of their properties. She authored the too-tall grass law – and then used that law to force landlords to keep their lawns cut. Law violators were fined. In 1996, she was among a new team hired as the first Neighborhood Specialists for the Livable City Initiative. She worked with grass roots neighborhood groups, getting anti-blight legislation on the books and then enforcing it block-by-block. She connected groups to services offered by the state and federal governments. She retired after serving in that job for 16 years. She has served as co-chair of the city’s Charter Revision Election Committee, and a member of the Meriden Day Care Advisory Board, Whalley Avenue Special Services Board, Whalley/Edgewood/Beaver Hill Management Team. She currently is a member of the Neighborhood Housing Service Loan Advisory Committee.
Karen Hunter is a writer, editor, and communications project manager at Hartford Hospital. Working in Fund Development, she produces communication pieces about the hospital’s philanthropic community. She also manages the department’s website. Before joining Hartford Hospital in 2013, she served as assistant director of marketing communication at the University of Hartford. Formally trained in journalism at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Karen spent more than 30 years working in the news industry as a reporter, writer, and editor before joining the University of Hartford. She has worked for some of the most respected news organizations on the East Coast, including The Hartford Courant, the Baltimore Sun, the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and Co., and CNN. She served two years as a Pulitzer Prize jurist. Karen lives in Middletown. During her free time she is a hospital volunteer and enjoys gardening and traveling. She also produces social media marketing campaigns and creates and manages websites for small businesses and organizations.
Teresa Younger is the president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She has been on the frontlines of some of the most important battles for women's health, safety and economic security. Younger most recently served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), where she has spearheaded successful campaigns for women’s health, safety and economic empowerment. During her tenure at PCSW, Younger has been instrumental in campaigns that resulted in state legislation to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick leave in Connecticut. Younger successfully safeguarded women’s access to reproductive health care during hospital mergers. She also helped strengthen sexual assault legislation to hold college campuses accountable for the prevention and reporting of sexual assaults. She is a board member of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, the Universal Health Care Foundation of CT, and serves on the National Advisory Board on Religious Restrictions on Care. She was the first woman and the first African-American to serve as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut. She has recently concluded her role as two-term president on the board of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, which serves 46,000 Connecticut girls and 20,000 volunteers. Teresa has been given numerous awards and honors including the Liberty Bank’s Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Education and Empowerment Honoree, and the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Breakfast Badge Award. She was named a Henry Toll Fellow by The Council of State Governments, and a fellow in the William Caspar Graustein Courageous Community Fellowship.