Annual Appeal

With your support, Backus continues to bring healthcare outside the walls of the hospital and into the community — providing focused healthcare resources where they are most needed, before issues become emergencies.

In addition to supporting the Backus CareVan outreach program and increased community health screenings, annual appeal dollars raised in last year’s appeal also supported a dedicated community health Registered Dietician and several community education programs including:
  • HEAT (Healthy Eating Advocate Training) program — creating sustainability in nutrition education by training family advocates, home visitors, and community outreach workers.
  • Rx for Health – Norwich and Voluntown Farmer’s Markets – Registered Dieticians and HEAT trained volunteers provided nutrition education, healthy living tips, recipes and food samples to encourage families to follow a healthier lifestyle and lose weight together. The program also provides vouchers redeemable for fresh produce and whole grain goods for families identified as at risk for obesity/overweight.
  • Food pantry projects in Griswold and Sprague — promoting whole grains and healthier choices at the pantry; United Way Food Pantry — training workers on food label reading, nutrition, along with primary care and health screenings.
  • Expansion of the “Just Ask” program — partnering with local restaurants and ShopRite supermarkets to help consumers make heart-healthy choices when dining out and grocery shopping for healthier eating at home.

All annual fund donors of $250 or more will be recognized with gratitude at the 2017 Backus Bennies event in March.

All gifts to Backus stay local and help to improve our community’s health.

Thank you for your support!

Make your gift online at and choose the “Gift of Good Health” option.

Please contact Gen Schies in the Office of Philanthropy and Development with any questions at 860.823.6331, or email

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