Saying Goodbye

April 20, 2012

Ben Rodriguez with Michael Reid and Alyssa Norwood

Today’s guest post was written by Ben Rodriguez, Program Officer at CT Health and Health Leadership Fellow Class of 2010.

As you may have heard, I’ve decided to leave my position at the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health). Several months ago, soon after having twins, I began to feel that itch to look into the next chapter of my career.

Before I leave, I’d like to reflect on my four-year tenure here at CT Health. Working with all of you, CT Health grantees and partners, has been tremendous for me. Through our collaborations, we’ve been able to improve the health of CT residents. I’m proud of what we accomplished together in the areas of children’s mental health and oral health. I hope we’ll stay in touch and our paths will cross again in the future.

Thanks too to my foundation colleagues, Board Members, and the Community Advisory Committee members, for four years of learning and growing. It’s been a pleasure to work side by side with you to move the needle on all of our issues. Thank you for the support, guidance, and encouragement you have provided me during my time at CT Health. With many of you, I have shared a unique camaraderie which I hope will continue in the years to come.

Today is my last day at CT Health. For the time being, Vice President of Program Lina Paredes will oversee the children’s mental health and oral health portfolio of grants. Lina and I have worked together closely to ensure this is a smooth transition for all of you. I leave you in good hands.

As I embark on that next chapter, I do know my daughters will be happy to have their Papí around a little bit more. I encourage you to stay in touch via ben Rodriguez 413 at yahoo dot com (no spaces).

9 Responses to Saying Goodbye

  1. Jenn Whinnem says:

    Ben, it was truly a pleasure working with you. You are a generous team member who is easy to work with. Heck, I’ll even miss your sports commentary even though I am wont to say “kick a home run!” when left to my own devices. I wish you and your beautiful family the best of luck.

    Jenn

    • Ben says:

      Thanks Jen. Thank you again for being a great colleague and teaching me about social media! I’ll take that with me always.

  2. Ben,
    It has great working with you during the past four years. You have made a significant contribution to CT Health’s work, and I have especially enjoyed working with you on several successful, long-term projects. Please know that you will be missed and I wish you the very best in the next phase of your life and career. Keep in touch.

    • Ben says:

      Maryland, I can’t say enough how it was a pleasure working with you and linking our program and communications work You’ve taught me much in my time here and I really appreciate it.

  3. Yolanda says:

    Ben, you will be missed! Wishing you nothing but happiness and joy in your life’s journey. Take care, enjoy the girls, and please stay in touch.

  4. Heang Tan says:

    Thank you, and best of luck Ben! I’ll see you on twitter.

  5. Ben says:

    Yolanda, it has been great working with you these four years. Thanks for making everything run smoothly!

  6. Michael says:

    Best of luck to you Ben! Enjoy this wonderful time with your family, and remember you have friends to call on when you start the next chapter. Peace.

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