Protective Factors Strengthen Families

By: Eminet Gurganus, MPH There is growing recognition that the foundations of a healthy, productive life are built in early childhood. There is also a growing understanding that in order to help at-risk children succeed, our interventions must build on parents’ strengths to overcome adversity from social and economic hurdles so they can better support…

Video: How the Office is Promoting Children’s Optimal Healthy Development

In this video blog, Paul Dworkin, MD, describes efforts by the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health to promote children’s optimal healthy development. “We’ve long embraced the notion that, at Connecticut Children’s, our commitment to providing treatment to children with diseases and disorders, even preventing diseases and disorders, also needs to be expanded or…

Care Coordination is Critical for Children in Mental Health Crisis

By: Allison Matthews-Wilson, LCSW, Susan Roman, RN, MPH, and Steven Rogers, MD Children with complex medical conditions deserve strong care coordination to support their families in promoting optimal healthy development. A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted the issue. However, in our experience, children struggling with mental health issues also require, but often fail to…

CDC, aka the Centers for Disease Control and Promotion [sic]?

By: Paul Dworkin, MD On March 15, I was honored to participate in Public Health Grand Rounds, which is a monthly activity of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The session focused on the important issue of “Addressing Health Disparities in Early Childhood.” During my presentation, I was able to share the…

Health and Happiness

By: Lisa Honigfeld, PhD Results from the fourth annual World Happiness Report are in. Based on a worldwide Gallup poll, the results rank 156 countries according to their state of happiness. Unfortunately the United States, which ranked 13 in happiness, fell to 85 in the well-being rankings. Countries’ happiness scores negatively correlated with their population…