C-HIT Launches to Cover Health, Safety Issues in Connecticut

Two award-winning Connecticut journalism veterans teamed up with the Online Journalism Project of Connecticut to launch Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT), which will cover issues of health and safety in the state and surrounding areas.

Former Hartford Courant editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Lynne DeLucia and award-winning reporter Lisa Chedekel founded C-HIT, and stories in its first edition include: doctors who have been sanctioned for prescription abuse, financial malfeasance, and other misconduct in neighboring states practicing in Connecticut under unrestricted licenses; schools in the state using emergency restraints and seclusions on students more than 18,000 times last year; DePuy Orthopaedics paying out more than $80.8 million to 200 physicians nationwide since 2009 due to faulty hip-replacement parts; a physician shortage in Connecticut hampering patient access to primary care and high-risk specialty care; and Iraq and Afghanistan veterans treated for PTSD by the VA and veteran centers rising 28 percent over the past year.

C-HIT will also offer searchable databases of up-to-date government regulatory information on healthcare facilities, providers, and other health-related issues.

C-HIT works in partnership with the Investigative News Network, Quinnipiac University, and other supporters, and it was funded by start-up grants from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.