At Our Core

The Office’s Three Roles

By: Scott Orsey

Promoting the optimal healthy development of children. That’s what we do here at the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office). It sounds fairly straightforward, right? Getting kids programs and services to help them achieve their best outcomes. However, in reality, accomplishing that mission is a tall order.

Here at the Office, we are dedicated not only to serving as a critical community partner, but we’re also dedicated to cultivating innovative and cost-effective solutions that build stronger support systems for children and their families.

In carrying out our mission, we take a three-pronged approach: strengthening existing community-based programs, facilitating synergies among programs, and serving as an innovation incubator for promising approaches that improve short- and long-term health outcomes for children.

Here’s a closer look at those three roles:

  1. Strengthening the effectiveness of existing community-oriented initiatives: We currently cultivate a variety of community-based programs and provide support to those programs in the areas of fundraising, strategic planning, evaluation and the development of strong performance measurement. For example, our programs use our tools to help set goals and manage their activities such that they expand and strengthen their impact.
  2. Facilitating synergies among programs: We encourage, initiate and facilitate collaborative projects among community-based programs with similar missions and overlapping target populations. For example, with the Office as a facilitator, the Center for Care Coordination, the Injury Prevention Center and Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program collaborated to develop and present a training webinar for primary care providers on home safety for children with autism.
  3. Serving as an innovation incubator for the development of promising approaches that show potential for statewide and national expansion: While we have taken the lead in designing and supporting innovative responses to opportunities and gaps in the child health system, we actively identify and encourage innovators across a wide array of sectors. Our Childhood Prosperity Lab leads our work in this area.

By engaging in all three roles, we cover the full range of assistance that innovators and program leaders need to initiate, strengthen and grow the impact of their work.

Learn more about Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health’s approach to program definition.

Scott Orsey is the associate director of operations, business strategy and institutional engagement for Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health.

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