Social Innovation

Leading Through Innovation

Connecticut Children’s strives to innovate effective solutions to existing gaps in programs and services for children. Our community-focused 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 published by Innovation Destination: Hartford, which is a coalition of entrepreneurs launched by MetroHartford Alliance that is dedicated to enhancing support for startup ventures.

We take an approach that not only values innovation to benefit children with complex medical needs, but also focuses on those who are at risk for poorer outcomes but don’t yet have diseases or disorders. These children often elude early detection and without proper support, could easily go from an at risk trajectory to a delayed or disordered trajectory, which is what we are trying to prevent.

Some of our programs highlighted in the Innovation Destination Hartford interview include:

  1. Our new Advancing Kids Innovation Program which is dedicated to recruiting potential innovators whose child-serving ideas show promise to be expanded statewide and even nationally, and
  2. Our Help Me Grow® National Center which provides technical assistance to a growing network of affiliates around the country that are dedicated to detecting developmental or behavioral concerns early and referring children to existing services that can help.

Research shows that the quality of health services provided to children contributes to about ten percent of their overall health outcomes, and that social, environmental and behavioral factors contribute to the rest. This is why we take the unique approach of regularly engaging sectors beyond healthcare, such as housing, transportation, and food and nutrition, to inspire innovative approaches that enhance outreach efforts for children and strengthen families.

Our goal is to make sure all children have access to innovative and effective interventions, especially those who are likely to elude early detection.   We feel that is the best approach to enhancing health outcomes for all children while also building stronger community based child-serving systems.

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