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….

Maximizing Your Grant Potential

By: Laura A. Friedeberg, MS The Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health has been fortunate to receive external funding from federal, state, and private sources. As many nonprofits know, it can be extremely valuable to solicit and receive support from others in the form of grants.  The process of obtaining the funding and reporting…

An Auspicious Convergence Of Roles

By: Paul Dworkin, MD I am honored to recently be elected chair of the board of directors of the Urban League of Greater Hartford (ULGH), a proud affiliate of the National Urban League (NUL).  I have been a member of the board since 2012 and am now excited to take the lead in guiding the…

Hazards of Hot Cars

By: Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH The statistics are alarming. On average, 37 children die from heat stroke every summer in the United States after getting trapped inside hot cars. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center embraces every opportunity to get the word out about the need to prevent such tragedies as part of our “Where’s Baby? Look…

Petit Fellows Learn Injury Prevention

By: Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH This summer, the Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center (IPC) hosted six remarkable female college students as part of The Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship.  Through literature review, lectures, and hands on experiences, the Petit Fellows learned about injury and violence prevention and the work of the IPC. As…

Serving All Families and All Family Members by Engaging Fathers

  By: Von Jessee, MA We are sharing this blog from our Help Me Grow National Center website. The National Center is one of a variety of programs that make up the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health. I recently had the opportunity to be a guest blogger for Help Me Grow Utah, addressing…

Trampoline Trouble

At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, our research is once again making national headlines. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics, co-authored by Connecticut Children’s emergency physicians Steven Rogers, MD, and Jesse Sturm, MD, and pediatric emergency medicine fellow Kathryn Kasmire, MD, documented a sharp increase in injuries at trampoline parks across the country. During…

Pokemon Go: Big Draw, Big Distraction

It’s the latest craze sweeping the country. People everywhere are playing Pokemon Go, the smartphone app that allows you to walk around your environment searching for Pokemon.  It can be a great way to get some exercise, however the game also brings distractions that could cause potential safety concerns. Injuries related to the game are…

Connecticut’s Healthiest Kids

Children in Connecticut are among the healthiest in the country. That’s according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  The report ranks Connecticut fifth in terms of overall child well-being and was featured in the Hartford Courant.  Our state came in right behind Minnesota, Massachusetts, Iowa, and New Hampshire. In…

Screening for Social Determinants of Health

By: Paul Dworkin, MD It’s important that physicians screen for problems related to the critical social determinants of health. Those are the circumstances in which people live and work, such as food insecurity, housing insecurity, and transportation, that have been shown to have twice the impact on overall health outcomes compared to the medical care…

Contagious Innovation: How Bacteria and Innovation are Connected

By: Scott Orsey Recently I got lost in the “Wikis” while researching innovation on the web. For me, Wikipedia can be a bottomless reservoir of knowledge and time – tempting me to dig through a never ending chain of links that are at times deeper and at other times broader than the topic at hand….

Don’t Leave Kids in Hot Cars

By: Kevin Borrup, JD, MPA Already this year we have had 12 children die of heatstroke in the United States after being left in a hot car, and we have yet to see the hottest days of summer. On Saturday, the latest death occurred in Iowa where a 6-month old died after being left in…

Easy Breathing Program Improves Asthma Management for Children

By: Jessica Hollenbach, PhD It is estimated that more than 25 million people live with asthma in the United States, and many of them are children whose families are unaware they have the disease. In New England, 14 percent of children have asthma compared to nine percent across the country. At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center,…