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….

Raising Awareness about Teen Suicide

By: Steven Rogers, MD As an emergency physician, I find the sharp increase in teenage suicide over the past 40 years in the United States to be troubling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is highlighting the problem through a new analysis of data that was published in a recent CDC Morbidity and…

Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Visits Connecticut Children’s

Acting Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle visited Connecticut Children’s Medical Center recently along with Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal to raise awareness about the crucial need to keep children safe. Buerkle’s visit highlighted Connecticut Children’s commitment to ensuring children stay healthy and injury free. That commitment shines through our Connecticut Children’s Office for…

Addressing Health Disparities Early in Life

By: Paul Dworkin, MD Back in April 2016, I was honored to be selected as one of four presenters at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Public Health Grand Rounds titled “Addressing Disparities in Early Childhood.” The information we collectively provided to our audience is now compiled in an article just published on…

Petit Fellows Share Lessons Learned

By: Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH At Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center (IPC), we take pride in educating future standouts in the medical field. Just as they learn from us, we learn so much from them which was the case this summer when we hosted The Hayley Petit Injury & Violence Prevention Fellowship. During the fellowship,…

Leveraging Medicaid to Enhance Child Health Outcomes

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD As we strive to promote children’s optimal development, we are constantly reminded of the challenges that stand in the way of success. Poverty. Exposure to childhood trauma. Unidentified developmental delays and disorders. Unhealthy housing. Food insecurity. The list is long. The challenge early childhood experts, including myself, face is to…

“Last Dollars In” Grant Helps Homeowners

By: Chris Corcoran Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program has made more than 3,100 homes healthy and lead safe through projects that are largely funded by state and federal grants. In order to maximize the number of families served, Healthy Homes has established spending caps based on years of experience making homes lead safe and healthy….

Annual Dworkin Lecture Focuses on Social Determinants

When Paul Dworkin, MD, formed Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health, he stepped down from serving as physician-in-chief of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, a position he held for 15 years. To honor his legacy and commitment to children, hospital leadership created the Paul Dworkin Pediatric Chair Lecture in 2013, which is a Pediatric Grand…

North Hartford’s Way to Wellville

By: Jacquelyn M. Rose, MPH How exactly do communities pave their Way to Wellville? It’s a challenging question to answer, however it’s one that North Hartford and four other communities across the country are working towards as part of a ten-year journey called Way to Wellville. I’m proud to have joined other local leaders on…

Connecticut Children’s Educates Kids to Stay Safe

By: Luis Rivera Fire safety. Boating safety. Wearing seat belts. Protecting hearing. Hands-Only CPR. Those are just some of the lessons elementary school students learn through our annual Safe Kids Day. At this year’s event, about 100 third and fourth grade students from SAND Elementary School in Hartford gathered on the front lawn of Connecticut…

Care Coordination Forum: Building Networks, Building Stronger Families

By: Susan Roman, RN, MPH It was so inspiring to look out over the crowd gathered at our recent care coordination forum and realize that we were all there for the same reason: to find better ways to improve the ability of children and their families to access and secure much needed medical, developmental, behavioral,…

Help Me Grow National Center Hosts Nationwide Innovation Challenge

By: Kimberly Martini-Carvell Recognizing the importance of innovation in promoting children’s healthy development, the Help Me Grow® National Center (National Center) and Connecticut Children’s Advancing Kids Innovation Program (AKIP) partnered to organize and implement the inaugural 10K Innovation Challenge at the 2017 Help Me Grow National Forum. We invited the 28 Help Me Grow affiliates…