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August 13, 2012

Dolphin, Jackson named to prevention board

Leander A. Dolphin, an associate with Shipman & Goodwin LLP, and Gianna S. Jackson, executive director, Cigna Foundation, were recently named to the board of The Governor's Prevention Partnership, a nonprofit, public-private organization dedicated to keeping Connecticut youth safe, successful and drug-free today, for a more productive workforce tomorrow.

Dolphin focuses on school and employment law, representing public school districts and private schools in education and employment matters, including student discipline, special education disputes, disability-related matters, employee discipline and discharge, and investigations. In addition, she represents clients in claims before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Office of Civil Rights.

Jackson was named executive director of the Cigna Foundation and director of Cigna's Civic Affairs department in February 2005. Through offices in Bloomfield and Philadelphia, she is responsible for the management of "Cigna Giving," Cigna's more than $11 million charitable contributions program.

Pitney Bowes honored by health group

Pitney Bowes Inc. was recently honored by the National Business Group on Health, a national nonprofit organization of large employers, as a 2012 Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles for its continued commitment and dedication to promoting health and wellness and encouraging its employees to support and maintain healthy lifestyles. The company, which providing goods and services that integrate communications channels, is one of only five companies to be honored for seven consecutive years. Pitney Bowes was recognized for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes.

Cigna's Toohey earns volunteer award

Cigna employee Jay Toohey, who volunteers with AbilityPLUS at Mount Snow, Vt., was recently honored as the firm's Volunteer of the Year. The Cigna Volunteer of the Year is chosen by the Cigna Foundation with the Points of Light Hands On Network from volunteers recognized monthly throughout the year. Nearly 30,000 Cigna employees are eligible each year. The award includes a $5,000 Cigna donation to AbilityPLUS.

O'Keefe on CT health board

The board of directors of the Connecticut Health Foundation recently selected Elaine O'Keefe, executive director of the Office of Community Health in the School of Public Health at Yale University, to serve a one-year term through June 2013. O'Keefe is also the principal investigator/director for the Connecticut-Rhode Island Public Health Training Center located at the Yale School of Public Health and serves as the executive director of the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.

Robinson earns medical award

Curtis D. Robinson, co-founder of the Curtis D. Robinson Men's Health Institute and a St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center board member, recently received the Scroll of Merit Award at the National Medical Association's annual convention and scientific assembly in New Orleans. The Scroll of Merit Award is the highest honor conferred by the NMA and is given in recognition of achievement in medicine, science, education, or public service. In June, Robinson was honored with the Rosa Parks Lifetime Achievement Award from Curtis Dean, godson of Rosa Parks, at a town hall meeting on health disparities at the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts. That award is bestowed on distinguished individuals who have personified the leadership legacy of Mrs. Parks through acts of courage, innovation and empowerment of underserved communities in the United States.

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