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….

Enhancing Care Through Quality Improvement

By: Eminet Gurganus, MPH Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is committed to assisting primary care and subspecialty providers improve the services they provide to children through a data-driven, quality improvement approach. Our Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) program, which is part of the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office), accomplishes this through our application…

National Spotlight Shines on Connecticut Children’s

At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, our community-oriented programs are leading the way in terms of strengthening families and helping children reach their full potential.  Now, we are proud to announce that two of our programs just received national recognition for their work. The American Hospital Association selected the Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes program and the…

Leading Through Innovation

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center strives to innovate effective solutions to existing gaps in programs and services for children. Our innovation efforts, spearheaded by our Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health, are strengthening families and making a difference in the lives of children locally, regionally and nationally. Our work is now featured in an interview…

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…