Health Promotion

Addressing Family and Community Needs

At Connecticut Children’s, we focus not only on the medical and surgical needs of our patients, but also on addressing family and community needs to promote overall well-being.

Our community-focused initiatives directly address needs identified during our triennial Community Health Needs Assessments, and we report the results of our progress in addressing such needs every year in our Community Benefit Report. Our latest Community Benefit Report, for the 2018 fiscal year, is now available on the Connecticut Children’s website.

The report highlights uncompensated care provided by Connecticut Children’s as well as our research and education efforts, which fulfills reporting requirements outlined by the federal government. It also goes further to include our community-building activities, which encompass improving housing conditions, preventing injuries, and advancing early detection and intervention for children who either have, or are at risk for developing delays and disorders.

Access the report here.

Embracing a broader definition of community benefit, beyond what is required, to address family and community needs is central to our approach in promoting children’s optimal health, development and well-being.

As you will see, our latest Community Benefit Report highlights the work of Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office), which is a nationally recognized model for addressing community needs.

Specific programs that are featured in the report include our new Connecticut Children’s Behavioral Health Transitions Clinic, our new Building for Health initiative offered by our Healthy Homes program, the Building a Culture of Healthy Relationships program offered by our Injury Prevention Center, the Hartford Youth HIV Identification & Linkage Consortium, pediatric e-Consults now offered by our Co-Management program, and our involvement in the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance.

In addition, the report also features an interview with Paul H. Dworkin, MD, who leads the Office after previously serving as Connecticut Children’s physician-in-chief for 15 years. In his interview, Dr. Dworkin shares his thoughts on Connecticut Children’s vision for strengthening families and communities, as well as his advocacy to focus healthcare reform strategies on children.

We hope you enjoy reading the Community Benefit Report. We look forward to working with families and communities to promote well-being in the years ahead.

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