"PEACE AND HEALTH"- thursday, october 19th 6pm

We will welcome Charles Barber and Mark Masselli to the beautiful Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library in Branford to discuss the book, "Peace and Health" about the Community Health Center in Middletown, CT. Charles Barber is the author of the book, and Mark Masselli is the founder and CEO of the Community Health Center.

For more information about the book, please visit: https://www.peaceandhealth.com/

Limited Seating

This event is free of charge, but seating is strictly limited and we expect to quickly fill to capacity.  Entry will be restricted to people who RSVP below in advance.  Light refreshments will be served.


How a group of small-town activists and college students set out to change healthcare


The story of how the work of one small group of people grew to meet the size of their calling: to ensure that Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege.

Peace & Health is the story behind this improbable effort: the 20-year-old who plants the flag in his small hometown of Middletown, Connecticut; the daughter of a sharecropper, who made her way north during the great migration and becomes the North Star of the drive to transform health in the community; the son of a Jewish émigré and pharmacist who breaks from his peers to support the cause; the musician who played in the big bands of the South in the 1930’s, who loses his teeth and is now determined to make sure others do not lose theirs; and the college student and future US Senator who helps buy the building so the free clinic would not be shut down permanently. A young nurse-practitioner joins the organization as it expands beyond one Connecticut town. Today, CHC and its Weitzman Institute operate programs across the US, transforming the delivery of health care for populations who have been ignored.


Charles Barber, Harvard College ’88, is a Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University and a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale.  He has written widely on mental health and criminal justice issues, both in popular and scholarly publications, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostSalonThe Nation and Scientific American Mind. Charlie has appeared on the Today Show, BBC, CNN, CBS News, and NPR’s Fresh Air. Charlie was educated at Harvard and Columbia Universities.  He is the author of five books, Songs from the Black ChairComfortably NumbPeace & HealthCitizen Outlaw, and the forthcoming In the Blood.




6:00PM - 8:00PM Thu 19 Oct 2023, Eastern timezone


Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library
146 Thimble Island Road
Branford, CT 06405

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Nehal Khokhar
Kris Bloch
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Paul Knag
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Vivek Ravishanker
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