At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, we focus on providing world class medical and surgical care for our young patients. However, we also go a step beyond that by making it a priority to address the non-medical needs of children, families and our community. We are proud to highlight our community-focused work in our latest Community Benefit Report.
The Community Benefit Report highlights our work addressing the social determinants of health, which are the conditions in which people live and work. Research has shown that social determinants, which include such issues as housing conditions, neighborhood safety, and access to healthy food, have a greater impact on overall health, development and well-being compared to medical care.
Our approach to supporting our larger community by addressing the non-medical needs of children and families goes far beyond the federal requirements set for hospitals to maintain their tax-exempt status. Embracing a broader definition of community benefit is central to our approach to strengthening families and communities to promote optimal outcomes.
Highlights of our latest Community Benefit Report include and in-depth conversation with Paul H. Dworkin, MD, who is the executive vice president for Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (Office). It also includes a detailed look at the following Office programs:
- Help Me Grow National Center, which focuses on referring children who are at risk for developmental or behavioral concerns to helpful community resources that can intervene early and provide help before concerns escalate and become costlier and more difficult to treat;
- Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination, which helps all children connect to medical care and community resources, including those with complex medical needs, those in behavioral health crisis, and those who are at risk for developing delays and disorders;
- Easy Breathing, which is an asthma management program that improves diagnosis rates and ensures children, families and physicians work together to manage asthma symptoms;
- Kohl’s Start Childhood Off Right program, which seeks to reduce childhood obesity in Hartford children ages birth to 2;
- Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center, which focuses on educating parents, caregivers, and children about steps they can take to prevent injuries from occurring; and
- Connecticut Children’s Advancing Kids Innovation Program, which addresses the social needs of children and families by identifying and supporting promising social innovations designed to address existing gaps in current child-serving programs and services.
In the future, we expect our commitment to addressing the non-medical needs of children, families and the community will continue to grow. We are committed to doing all we can to promote the optimal health, development and well-being of all children.
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