Community

UConn Health is committed to providing a place for individuals to share common concerns, emotional support, as well as to exchange information.

Community Programs

Support Groups and Classes

UConn Health offers a full range of seminars, classes, and support groups to help you manage your health.

Baby Steps Bereavement Support Group

This group is led by a family who has experienced loss, along with nursing staff from Connecticut Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

First Tuesday of each month; 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Emanuel Lutheran Church, 311 Capital Avenue, Hartford
Contact 860-982-2516 or www.maciegracefoundation.org.

Bladder Cancer Support Group

First Saturday of each month; 2 to 3 p.m.
Onyiuke Dining Room (Main Floor Near the Food Court), UConn Health
Call 1-888-901-BCAN or www.bcan.org.

Brain Aneurysm Support Group

In partnership with the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, UConn Health now offers an educational setting to provide support for patients and survivors of brain aneurysms, as well as caregivers, family and friends. Attendees will discuss recovery topics and learn about helpful resources, all in an environment to foster reassurance and personal exchange.

Fourth Thursday of each month; 3 to 4 p.m.
Outpatient Pavilion, 6th Floor Large Conference Room, UConn Health
Contact Deb Feigenbaum, M.S.W., LCSW, at 860-679-2377 or feigenbaum@uchc.edu.

Cardiac Support Group

Living with Heart Disease: The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center invite men and women affected by heart disease to meet and discuss post-diagnosis topics such as prevention and wellness, social and emotional support, heart-healthy recipes, coping strategies, and resources.

Wednesdays, February 19, April 1, May 6, June 3, September 2, November 4, 2020; 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Conference Room T2320, UConn John Dempsey Hospital, UConn Health
Before attending your first group meeting or for further information, contact Sue Eisenberg, M.S.W., LCSW, at 860-679-3633.

Epilepsy Support Group

UConn Health’s Neurology Department invites individuals with epilepsy to a monthly group meeting surrounding life with epilepsy. Discussion topics include: coping methods, support systems, and resources.

Facilitator: Peter Frost

First Wednesday of each month; 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd Floor Large Conference Room, UConn Health
Contact Elizabeth Pelland at 860-679-3186.

Epilepsy Support Group, Young Adult

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT invites young adults who live with epilepsy to join its new Farmington group. The group is open to young adults ages 18-30.

If you would like to join others in sharing experiences, gaining peer support and learning together about epilepsy and overcoming challenges to live well with epilepsy, join us! Group topics include: goals and aspirations, healthy relationships, identity and self-image, depression and anxiety, and facing and overcoming challenges.

First Saturday of each month; 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd Floor Large Conference Room, UConn Health
Contact Monica Anzelone at 860-346-1924.

Hepatitis C Support Group

Second Wednesday of each month; 7 to 9 p.m.
Room EG052, UConn Health
Visit www.cchcgroup.org or contact Marty Thayer at 860-628-9750 or contact@cchcgroup.org.

Huntington's Disease Caregiver Support Group

Second Tuesday of each month; 6 to 7:30 p.m.
UConn Health
Registration is required. Call 860-679-4441 for more information or to register.

Lupus Support Group

Third Wednesday of each month; 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The Exchange, 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 362, Farmington
Visit www.lupus.org or call Nancy Belfiore at 860-269-6240, or nbelfiore@lupusct.org.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at UConn Health hosts a monthly MS support group. Join us, and learn more about the disease and what resources are available to you as you connect with your peers. All are welcome.

Discussion Topics

  • MS Disease Overview
  • Disease Modifying Therapies
  • Coping Methods
  • Support Systems
  • Guest Speakers and Resources
  • Caregiver Support

Second Wednesday of each month; 2 to 3 p.m.
Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd Floor Large Conference Room, UConn Health
Contact Kim Fofana, R.N., at 860-679-4888.

Near Death and Related Experiences Support Group

Free and open to the public.
Contact Jack Lardis at 203-510-5465.

NICU Parent Support Group

Monthly; 6 to 7 p.m.
Neonatal Conference Room, Ground Floor, UConn Health
Contact Deb Feigenbaum, M.S.W., LCSW, at 860-679-2377 for next meeting date.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The UConn Health Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Center Support Group provides a safe environment for patients and families to talk openly about the challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease.

Join our monthly meetings to exchange ideas, share experiences, and find people who understand what you are going through.

Discussion Topics

  • Parkinson’s Disease Overview
  • Therapies
  • Guest Speakers
  • Resources
  • Caregiver Support
  • Wellness Programs

First Thursday of each month; 2 to 3 p.m.
UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd Floor East, Large Conference Room
For more information, contact Jennifer Pickert, B.S.N., R.N., at 860-679-4888 or parkinsons@uchc.edu.

Ready to Lose Weight Management Program

The Ready to Lose Weight Management Program is a six-week weight loss program led by a registered dietitian. It is based on teaching individuals how to adopt healthy behaviors to lose weight slowly and permanently. Our program focuses on empowering individuals to make behavioral changes such as adopting a low-fat, plant-based diet; portion control; exercise, and using mindful eating techniques.

The program consists of an introductory class where you will receive a personalized meal plan, followed by five classes that will consist of a weigh-in, discussion of progress; and a timely nutrition topic such as eating out strategies, cooking light and right, emotional eating, exercise, smart shopping, and mindful eating and holiday eating. Cost is $70, or $50 for past participants. Payment is due at time of class by cash or check.

Tuesdays; 5 to 6 p.m.
Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd Floor East
Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692 to register.

Resolve Infertility Peer Support Group

RESOLVE is a national nonprofit, charitable organization that offers referral, counseling and support groups to people with problems of infertility and education and assistance to associated professionals.

Third Thursday of each month; 7 p.m.
Call 781-890-2250 or visit www.resolvenewengland.org for more information.

Sjögren's Syndrome Support Group

Four times a year: March, May, September, November; 1 to 3 p.m.
Onyiuke Dining Room (Main Floor near the Food Court), UConn Health
Contact MaryBeth Walter at 860-569-6933.

Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group

Two times a year, in the spring and fall.
Onyiuke Dining Room (Main Floor near the Food Court), UConn Health
Contact Laura Joseph at 860-739-0542.

Stroke Survivor Group

UConn Health’s Stroke Center invites stroke survivors, families, and caregivers to a monthly group meeting to discuss issues surrounding life after having a stroke.

Discussion Topics

  • Stroke Prevention
  • Coping Methods
  • Support Systems
  • Rehab Tips
  • Resources
  • Promoting Independence

Fourth Wednesday of each month.
Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd Floor, Large Conference Room, UConn Health
Contact Jennifer Sposito, R.N., B.S.N., UConn Health Stroke Center Coordinator, 860-679-4846.

Young Widows and Widowers Support Group

If you have lost a spouse to cancer, we invite you to attend our support group to discuss specific concerns related to being a young widow or widower. The group will be facilitated by a medical social worker and will enable the members to connect and support each other.

A date and time will be determined based on the needs of the participants, and the group will meet monthly via Zoom. If you are interested, please contact Marie Ziello, LCSW, at 860-480-7963.

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