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

Bladder Cancer Support Group is a great resource and with the absence of in person meetings, the group has been passing along valuable information. Interested patients can contact Guy or Jean via email at and they will send you info on meetings and resources.

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 Kristen Vavrek, M.S.W., LCSW, at 860-679-3224 or and Diana Fritzson at

Breast Cancer Support Group

This group is intended for patients under the age of 50 who have been diagnosed with non-metastatic breast cancer.

Third Thursday of each month via Zoom; 7 to 8 p.m.
For more information or to register, email

Cardiac Support Group

Living with Heart Disease Series: 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. This is a five-week series with a different topic each week and it is hoped that group members attend as many meetings as possible. Registration is required and limited to 12 attendees.

Wednesdays; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., virtual
Dates: October 13, 2021, October 20, 2021, October 27, 2021, November 3, 2021, November 10, 2021

Register for the Series

Hepatitis C Support Group

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

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 or call Nancy Belfiore at 860-269-6240, or

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

First Thursday of each month via Webex; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Interested patients can email Christie Fiori, LCSW, at or call 860-418-7644 for more information or to register.

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 welcomes new and established members to exchange ideas, share experiences, and connect with one another about life with Parkinson’s disease. Attendees include people with Parkinson’s disease, family members, caregivers, and friends. We discuss helpful tips and resources and invite guest speakers to provide education on topics requested by our group members.

First Thursday of each month; 2 to 3 p.m.
UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd Floor East, Large Conference Room (Currently Virtual Via Webex)
For more information, contact Kristen Vavrek, M.S.W., LCSW, at 860-679-3224 or

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 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.