Social Innovation Spotlight: Lactation Innovations

Social Innovation Spotlight is a quarterly feature launched by Connecticut Children’s Advancing Kids Innovation Program to highlight the contributions of social innovators promoting the health and well-being of children, families and communities. In her recent blog post, Breastfeeding is Best!, Nancy Trout, MD highlights the health benefits of breastfeeding for infants and mothers. She also…

Healthy Homes Joins Other Programs to Transform Hartford Home

By: Marcus Smith Safe, stable and affordable housing is critical to the health and well-being of children and their families. Homeowners we work with through Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program are in great need and lack the financial means to keep their homes in good condition. Their homes have fallen into disrepair, and are too…

Supporting Healthy Development is a Big Bet For Children

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD As a frequent pursuer of grant support, I am encouraged and inspired by recent philanthropic trends, such as funders embracing a high impact, transactional model of giving; strategic philanthropy; and the leveraging of funding from multiple sources. An exciting example of the latter is the Pediatric Big Bet, comprised of…

If You Love Children…

By: Jacquelyn M. Rose, MPH It’s not enough to be an early care and education professional because you love working with children. If you love children, you must leverage your view, your voice, and your visibility to improve the systems and quality of services for young children and families. While a variety of words and…

Help Me Grow Report Details Nationwide Reach

The diagnosis came when Isabel’s daughter was just 33 months old. Autism. The family was shocked. They wondered how they missed the signs. They did not know where to turn for help. Isabel immediately contacted her pediatrician who referred her to their local Help Me Grow affiliate, Help Me Grow Orange County, California. Care coordinators…

Leveraging Medicaid to Promote Children’s Optimal Health

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD As our country continues to grapple with how best to achieve meaningful healthcare reform, we have an auspicious opportunity to leverage Medicaid to transform child health services to promote children’s optimal health, development, and well-being. Leveraging Medicaid to transform child health services demands that the past not be a prelude…

Pediatric Residents Address Health Needs of Refugee Children

By: Melissa Held, MD, FAAP They are among the most vulnerable patients we see. They are children who have been displaced from their countries due to violence and political unrest. They are young refugees seeking to rebuild their lives with their families here in Connecticut, a world away from the countries from which they fled….