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….

“What Gets Measured Gets Done” Yet “We Measure What We Treasure”

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD On February 7, 2018, I was excited to attend a convening organized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to identify strategies to build consensus about indicators and measures of child well-being. The eloquent title of the meeting reflected the daunting challenge of the task…

Shifting our Focus from Treatment to Health Promotion

Kolawole Olofinboba, MD is a member of both Connecticut Children’s Board of Directors and Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health Advisory Board. He joins our blog to share his thoughts on promoting health. By: Kolawole Olofinboba, MD As a trained physician, I have always viewed hospitals as places where we treat, and hopefully cure,…

R is for Refugee: A Novel Approach to Mitigating the Impacts of Toxic Stress

By: Erin Cornell, MPH In a proposed reimagining of the classic Sesame Street program, R will stand for Refugee. Recognizing the significant need among children and families both facing and displaced by the conflict in the Middle East, Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee will develop a novel intervention designed to address toxic stress…

Pediatric Payment Reform: Getting More Value from Pediatric Primary Care

This post is part two of a two-part guest blog series on pediatric primary care payment reform efforts in Connecticut. It was authored by Lisa Honigfeld for the Connecticut Health Foundation, an independent private foundation dedicated to achieving health equity. Visit www.cthealth.org to learn more about their work.   By: Lisa Honigfeld, PhD Many thanks to the…

Pediatric Payment Reform: Ensuring Healthy Children Become Healthy Adults

This post is part one of a two-part guest blog series on pediatric primary care payment reform efforts in Connecticut. It was authored by Lisa Honigfeld for the Connecticut Health Foundation, an independent private foundation dedicated to achieving health equity. Visit www.cthealth.org to learn more about their work.  By: Lisa Honigfeld, PhD A couple years ago,…

Time to Reframe our World View

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD Spirited debate over immigration policy in our country and controversial comments attributed to our president regarding immigrants’ nations of origin have fueled intense concerns for the international reputation of the United States. Pundits lament a loss of global standing and prestige due to such policies and comments, as well as…

Groundbreaking Developmental Assessment Model Detailed in New Report

By: Lisa Honigfeld, PhD Mid-Level Developmental Assessment (MLDA) provides an improved way to assess developmental needs in early childhood. A new report from the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) highlights its successes in five communities in identifying and meeting the needs of children with mild to moderate developmental and behavioral problems. Initially developed by…

Developmental Screening and Referral: a Call for Careful Reflection

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD Each month, I have the pleasure of meeting with first-year pediatric residents who are on their Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics rotation at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. I employ a case-based approach to enhance their understanding of the process of developmental surveillance and screening and to strengthen their skills in the early detection…

Gun Buyback Aims to Make Connecticut a Safer Place to Live

By: Brendan T. Campbell, MD, MPH As a pediatric surgeon at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center who cares for injured children and adults, I see gun violence at its worst. All too often, the victims of gun violence arrive at our trauma center with irreparable injuries and all we can do is try to pick up…

Engaging Local Public Health Agencies and Community-Based Organizations to Promote Children’s Optimal Healthy Development

By: Jacquelyn M. Rose, MPH Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office) and representatives from four of its programs had the opportunity to participate in the recent Connecticut Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference. The theme of this year’s meeting was “From Patients to Population Health – Disparities Matter.” The day included…

I Wonder Why Not a “Child Health Services First” Agenda?

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD I was interested to read the recent announcement of Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean James E. Ryan that he will depart Harvard at the end of the academic year to become president of the University of Virginia. Before joining Harvard, he was the Matheson & Morgenthau Distinguished Professor at…

The Call for System Leadership

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD I am privileged to serve on the Leadership Council of the North Hartford Triple Aim Collaborative, an important, place-based initiative to promote the health and well-being of all residents of Hartford’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. In preparation for an upcoming meeting, the convening backbone organization shared an article on system leadership…