Supporting Efforts to Advance Women and Girls

By: Paul Dworkin, MD

The Aurora Foundation in Hartford, an organization dedicated to empowering women and girls by serving as a catalyst for change, is embarking on a new campaign to raise awareness about their mission and money to support their efforts. I am honored to have been selected as one of the local leaders who will champion this cause.

The new initiative is called the 100 Men/100 Days campaign where male community and business leaders have stepped up to raise money for the Foundation. Thirteen leaders including Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin; Dennis Bisgaard, head of school at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford; Joseph Gianni, a senior vice president at Bank of America; Jeremy Race, CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England; and myself were selected to be on the campaign’s Honorary Committee.

As a critical community resource, the leadership team at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center often embraces opportunities like this to help community organizations advance their missions. When the Foundation approached me with this opportunity, I enthusiastically accepted the challenge. The Foundation has close ties to one of the Medical Center’s newest partners, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which recently teamed up with the Connecticut Children’s Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect program and the Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center to launch The Children’s Center on Family Violence, which is a first in the nation program dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of domestic violence on children. The Foundation is also a big supporter of the Urban League of Greater Hartford, where I serve as chairman of the Board of Directors.

I am hopeful that my role on the Aurora Foundation’s 100 Men/100 Days Honorary Committee contributes to our Medical Center’s role as a community leader. I am delighted that leadership from our Medical Center and from the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health have stepped up to contribute to this effort. It is rewarding to know that we can all come together to support such a worthy organization and help make a difference in the lives of countless women and children.

Paul Dworkin, MD, is the executive vice president for community child health at Connecticut Children’s, the director of the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health and the founding director of the Help Me Grow® National Center. Dr. Dworkin is also a professor of pediatrics at the UConn School of Medicine. Learn more>>

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