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Lyme Connection is an all volunteer initiative founded by the Ridgefield Lyme Disease Task Force (RLDTF). Our mission is simple. We want to make our community a healthier place by protecting people from contracting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and connecting patients and their families to helpful resources.

Ongoing efforts include:

  • A new website: www.LymeConnection.org
  • Monthly support groups
  • BLAST Lyme disease prevention programs
  • Seminars for patients and professionals
  • Annual conference and health fair held each May at Western Connecticut State University

Founded in 2003 with the support of Ridgefield’s First Selectman, Rudy Marconi, the group is now expanding its efforts to attract new members, additional volunteers and increased donations. Despite alarming statistics, little private, state or federal funding is directed towards community-based programs to support patients or educate the public. Ridgefield is proud of its ongoing commitment to protect residents from tick-borne diseases and support the patients who seek care.

How you can help:

RLDTF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the Friends of Ridgefield  Community Programs. Tax deductible donations may be sent to:

      Friends of Ridgefield Community Programs (RLDTF)
      Ridgefield Health Department
      66 Prospect Street
      Ridgefield, CT 06877

For additional information, contact Jennifer Reid at 203-241-2400 or email Jennifer@LymeConnection.org

Visit our  website: www.LymeConnection.org for a complete schedule of monthly committee meetings, ongoing support groups, educational events and patient resources. The Task Force presently meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at Town Hall Annex in the first floor small conference room.

Accomplishments:

2003 – Ridgefield Lyme disease Task Force created

2003 – Started community-based educational seminars

2007 - Created first annual Lyme disease Conference and Health Fair at Western Connecticut State University

2007 – Established support groups with Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA)

2008 -  Partnered with the Leir Foundation to present free annual seminars for health professionals      

2008 - Awarded  $50,000 start-up grant by CT DPH for BLAST prevention program

2008 - BLAST Prevention Program recommended by CDC

2008 – Began participating in community-based tick-borne disease research projects

2009 - Presented BLAST Lyme prevention program to physicians and nurses at Norwalk Hospital “Ticked Off” Lyme Conference

2009 - Helped draft and pass Connecticut HB6200 which provides physician protection in CT

2009 - Launched corporate Lyme disease prevention program with Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies.

2010 - Appointed to Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials (HVCEO) Tick-borne Illness Task Force

2011 - Presented BLAST program at CDC/EPA  Promoting  Community IPM for Preventing Tickborne Diseases conference in Arlington, Virginia      

2013 - Partnered with Fairfield Public Schools and Fairfield University Nursing Program to develop prevention program for grade-school children

2013 - BLAST/WestConn Lyme Disease prevention poster selected for 13th Intl. Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and other Tick-Borne Disease

2013 - Received $4,000 grant from HVCEO to train BLAST Lyme Disease prevention educators for health events in the Greater Danbury area

2013- Introduced Lyme Connection patient- resource initiative

2013- Published first issue of online newsletter

2014- Launched website: www.LymeConnection.org


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