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JoAnn Eaccarino retires after 25 years with CFA
Congratulations to Senior Director JoAnn Eaccarino on her October retirement after 23 years at Child and Family. Her passion for the health care of children in the state of Connecticut has led her to be a leader and advocate for School Based Health Centers.
JoAnn has been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner for over 30 years and has worked in private practices, community health centers, hospital employee health departments, emergency departments, and for the past 23 years in School Based Health Centers for Child and Family Agency, both as a Nurse Practitioner as well as Senior Director where she has grown and overseen up to 18 School Based Health Centers in southeastern Connecticut.
JoAnn has worked with at least five school administrations (Stonington, Groton, Norwich, New London, Waterford) as Child and Family Agency’s Senior Director of School Based Program, has practiced as an APRN, has been an advocate for School Based Health Centers and children’s health on National, State and local levels. She has promoted children’s health and health services by testifying at the state legislative hearings, working with local representatives to support current and new SBHCs and legislative agendas related to them. She has served on the board of the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers since 1999 and was President from 2008-2014 where she found herself many days in Hartford advocating for the state’s 73 school based health centers. She has served on both the School Based Health Centers (SBHC) Ad Hoc Committee and the 2008-2009 State‐Wide Primary Care Access Authority Membership. In 2009, JoAnn was the recipient of the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Her work at the state and national level was recognized in May of 2017 when she was the recipient of the CT Association of School Based Health Centers Lifetime Advocacy Award!
We have always been impressed with how passionate and articulate JoAnn is concerning students’ physical and mental health and the importance of School Based Health Centers. Many state legislators call JoAnn for information and advice for she is known an one of the most informed SBHC advocates in the State of Connecticut. While we wish her well on her retirement, we will miss her!
Donations can be made to Agency in her honor for both the children’s fund that is used to help fund medications, clothes, and other needs for children who are identified by the nurse practitioners at Child and Family Agency’s School Based Health Centers and for training for the staff of Child and Family Agency’s School Based Health Centers.