An Overview of the Office

The Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is dedicated to addressing critical contemporary issues in children’s day to day lives that have the potential to adversely affect their health and development. The Office is gaining national attention for its innovative programs and is serving as a role model for similar initiatives in other states….

A Call to Restore State Funding for Help Me Grow

Paul Dworkin, MD, delivered the following testimony to the Connecticut state legislature’s Appropriations Committee on February 21, 2017, urging lawmakers to restore funding for Connecticut’s Help Me Grow® program. Dr. Dworkin also wrote an opinion article on the same topic that was published in the Connecticut Mirror. Dr. Dworkin piloted the developmental screening, identification and…

Outstanding Achievements in Pediatric Research

By: Paul Dworkin, MD We’ve made remarkable strides in pediatric research in recent decades, and we know that even more impressive advances are on the horizon. Of particular interest to those of us who work at Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office) are evidence-informed practices that strengthen families to promote children’s optimal…

New Learning Collaborative Shares Lessons in Community Child Health

By: Eminet Gurganus, MPH Connecticut Children’s Medical Center launched Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office) in 2012 to optimize the health of children by engaging all sectors that are critical to child and family well-being, rather than focusing solely on treating diseases and disorders. In the years since, our work has enhanced…

Help Me Grow Praised in Federal Report

A new joint policy statement, released by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, includes a recommendation for states to adopt a centralized intake, screening and referral process similar to our Help Me Grow® system model. The report, which encourages greater collaboration between federal home visiting programs and federally-required state early intervention…

Circle the Wagons or Stay the Course?

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD “Awaken our inner warrior” and be prepared to “fight, fight, fight.” Those are just some of the poignant thoughts expressed by Dr. Kevin Marks, a pediatric colleague and tireless child health advocate from Eugene, OR, in his recent letter to the journal Pediatrics, written in response to a published article…

New Podcast Highlights Community Health Innovation at Connecticut Children’s

In order to encourage children to reach their optimal healthy development, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is committed to cultivating promising new strategies that show potential for closing existing gaps in programs and services currently offered to children. One of our newest innovation pathways is our Advancing Kids Innovation Program (AKIP), which is overseen by our…

Beyond the Moon

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD Are we too constrained in setting goals for promoting children’s optimal healthy development? Current events suggest that perhaps we should abandon caution and be far more ambitious in our targets. For example, Congress is now poised to approve The 21st Century Cures Act, a major biomedical innovation bill that includes…

Assessing the Needs of Children with Asthma

By: Michelle Cloutier, MD Asthma is the most common chronic disease that children are diagnosed with, and it disproportionately affects minority populations from low income families. In order to better understand the successes and gaps in current asthma care, the Connecticut Children’s Asthma Center led a community collaborative to conduct a federally-funded Asthma Community Needs…

The Link Between Health Determinants and Early School Success

By: Paul Dworkin, MD It is widely recognized that the social determinants of health, which are circumstances in which people live and work, play a crucial role in children’s optimal healthy development. The Campaign for Grade Level Reading hosted a convening in Washington D.C. to explore how health determinants impact early school success and what…

Improving Outcomes for Victims of Domestic Violence

For the past six years, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence has honored men and women around the state for their work improving the lives of domestic violence victims in Connecticut. We are proud to announce that the First 100 Plus Class of 2016 includes our own Scott Orsey, the director of operations and strategy…

Our Path to Strengthening Families and Communities

At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, we are well known for the state of the art medical and surgical care we provide for the young patients who enter our doors. However, we also have a strong commitment beyond our hospital walls to strengthen families in the community we serve, and to strengthen the community as a…