Public Policy Advocacy

By: Eminet Gurganus, MPH We have had extraordinary opportunities at the local, state and national levels to speak with policy makers in an effort to effect change to promote the optimal healthy development of children. One of those opportunities took place recently in Hartford where Connecticut Children’s Medical Center hosted a breakfast for state lawmakers…

Poverty and Child Health

By: Scott Orsey The American Academy of Pediatrics just released its first ever policy statement on poverty which now recommends pediatricians screen for poverty risk factors. It is significant that health sector leaders, such as the AAP, are making powerful statements on the contribution of the social determinants of health. It is encouraging to see…

Benefits of Screening for Food Insecurity

By: Catherine Wiley, MD Hunger is a problem that affects far more children than most people realize. Across the country, an estimated 16 million kids live in households that lack consistent access to food, according to a recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. To help curb hunger, the AAP is now recommending…

Powerful Forces: Gravity and Child Health

By: Scott Orsey Big news hit the scientific community in February. One hundred years after Albert Einstein first predicted their existence in his groundbreaking theory of general relativity, scientists detected gravitational waves for the first time. The implications for this discovery are huge. In addition to validating the theory, scientists now have a new tool…

The Office’s Three Roles

By: Scott Orsey Promoting the optimal healthy development of children. That’s what we do here at the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health. It sounds fairly straightforward, right? Getting kids programs and services to help them achieve their best outcomes. However, in reality, accomplishing that mission is a tall order. Here at the Office,…