To the Editor:
As a college graduate with a degree in Health Sciences and a future physician assistant, a major topic of interest for me when choosing a candidate to support is public health. Mayor Zoppo-Sassu shares my passion for public health, which she has exemplified through her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and opioid epidemic.
I think many people may be unaware of the full extent of the Bristol-Burlington Health District as our public health agency. We are very fortunate to have a pro-active agency that worked aggressively to mitigate COVID. We were one of the first cities in the area to have COVID testing and, later, vaccination sites. The vaccination rate for the 65+ age group in Bristol is 98.34%. This is a great success and shows the strong emphasis our Mayor places on the safety of our citizens.
Our Mayor serves as the liaison to the Health District, a role usually reserved for a City Council member. She decided to handle that role herself in 2017 due to her concern about the opioid crisis. She has been able to bring in resources, support staff, and has helped keep our citizens safe.
Mayor Zoppo-Sassu developed the Opioid Task Force, which has done a great job with reducing the stigma, increasing access to services, creating the COBRA program with the police and Bristol Health, and reducing the number of opioid deaths due to the training and deploying of Narcan.
On November 2nd, I will be supporting Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, in part due to her dedication to the safety and well-being of the citizens of Bristol. She has continuously showed strong leadership, teamwork, compassion, and a commitment to Bristol. These qualities are going to lead to the continued improvement of our City and give us a City to be proud of.