Health Promotion

A Look at Our Community Child Health Learning Collaborative

Our new learning collaborative designed to explore best practices with regards to strengthening families and promoting healthy development is off to a great start!

Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health launched the collaborative with eight other children’s hospitals to showcase the value-based work that is already being done to keep children from needing medical or behavioral health services. The collaborative is also highlighting ways to enhance those efforts. Besides the hospitals, the Children’s Hospital Association is participating in the collaborative to spread lessons learned to its broader membership.


Eminet Gurganus, MPH, program development and implementation manager for Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health, welcomes the group to the collaborative.

The collaborative is funded through generous support from the Hearst Foundations. During the yearlong collaborative, participants will learn through in-person and virtual sessions.


James Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, addressed the collaborative encouraging participants to lead the change towards value-based care by implementing innovative community initiatives to preserve children’s health.

Paul Dworkin, MD, and other experts from Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health are leading the collaborative along with Boston-based consultant Root Cause.


Shown in photo: Paul Dworkin, MD, executive vice president for community child health at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Julie Zack, director of strategy and operations at Root Cause.

During their sessions, participants will learn how to develop or refine their community child health missions and visions; how to develop an action plan to engage community-based partners; how to identify and support promising innovations that address existing gaps in the programs and services available to children and families; and how to track their success through appropriate measurements.

Through this collaborative, it is our hope that the participating institutions will be able to expand their current footprints in the field of community child health and expand their status as critical community resources as we all take greater responsibility in the push towards keeping populations healthy.

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