Care Coordination Forum: Building Networks, Building Stronger Families

By: Susan Roman, RN, MPH It was so inspiring to look out over the crowd gathered at our recent care coordination forum and realize that we were all there for the same reason: to find better ways to improve the ability of children and their families to access and secure much needed medical, developmental, behavioral,…

Overcoming Adversity

When Veronica Rosario moved to Connecticut in 2015 with her two sons, she felt overwhelmed and struggled to acclimate to her new surroundings. Rosario’s husband passed away after battling cancer and her youngest son was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy just one year after that. “When my husband passed, my mother-in-law said, ‘If you need anything,…

Strengthening Families by Enhancing Protective Factors

By: Susan Roman, RN, MPH Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination (the Center) is committed to strengthening families and communities. The Center has fully embraced the Strengthening Families framework, developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), based in Washington D.C. The framework is a research-informed approach which enhances protective factors in…

Care Coordination Forum Inspires Change

By: Susan Roman, RN, MPH It was truly inspiring to see so many dedicated child service professionals attend our statewide Care Coordination Forum: Transforming Children’s Healthcare in Our Communities. This forum, with support from the Connecticut Health Foundation, was a first of its kind initiative to enhance awareness about the importance of connecting children and…

Care Coordination is Critical for Children in Mental Health Crisis

By: Allison Matthews-Wilson, LCSW, Susan Roman, RN, MPH, and Steven Rogers, MD Children with complex medical conditions deserve strong care coordination to support their families in promoting optimal healthy development. A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted the issue. However, in our experience, children struggling with mental health issues also require, but often fail to…

Can There Be Too Many Care Coordinators?

By: Lisa Honigfeld, PhD When care is well coordinated, children and their families can easily access health care and community services to ensure optimal health and development. Effective care coordination increases the likelihood that families will follow up with specialists and early intervention services when needed. Care coordination also helps families avoid duplication and unnecessary…