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MARITZA BOND FOR CONNECTICUT

Maritza Bond, MPH, is a Public Health leader with two decades of experience in the public sector, serving in urban and rural settings.

 

Maritza currently serves as the Director of Health for the City of New Haven. In this role, Maritza has been on the front lines of the fight against Covid, educating City residents on the importance of wearing masks, being socially distanced, and getting vaccinated. On a daily basis, Maritza leads efforts to create a culture of health and wellness with a focus on addressing social determinants of health and health equity. This includes a commitment to strengthening public-private partnerships, increasing the connection between public health and clinical medicine, and implementing an outcome driven approach to program and policy development.

 

Currently, Maritza manages an annual budget of approximately $20 million (additional funding pending) and supervises a workforce of hundreds of employees. For all of her efforts, Maritza was named “New Havener of the Year” in 2021 by the New Haven Independent.

 

Prior to joining the City of New Haven, Maritza served as the Director of Health and Social Services for the City of Bridgeport, where she led initiatives that aimed to promote, prevent, and protect City residents. Under her administration, she led eleven diverse regulatory divisions and social services programs yielding proven results, including, but not limited to, increased revenue and efficiency. Maritza also launched the Public Health Accreditation process within her first year of appointment.

 

Maritza began her career in the Naugatuck Valley Health District, where she coordinated several grant project initiatives at the Naugatuck Valley Health District, including the Immunization Action Program (IAP). In 2015, Director Bond was awarded the Health Equity Super Star award from the Connecticut Health Foundation for her efforts and contributions in Connecticut, and was named the 2015 Health Rural Health Leadership Fellow. Maritza was a 2008 CT Health Foundation Leadership Fellow, and also served on several statewide public health boards and committees.
 

Previously, Maritza served as the Executive Director of the Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC), Inc., working out of offices in Eastern CT. In this role, Maritza provided leadership to bring educators, health care professionals, and community leaders together regionally and statewide to ensure health care access to the underserved and enhance the workforce in Connecticut.

 

Maritza graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health, and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Connecticut. Maritza grew up in the Fair Haven neighborhood in the City of New Haven, and currently resides in Fair Haven Heights, with her sons Mehkai and Markel.