Diffusing the Books, Balls and Blocks Innovation Across Connecticut

By: Von Jessee The Help Me Grow National Center is excited to bring a tested model that promotes optimal child development through age appropriate play to children and families in the Hartford area. Originally created by Help Me Grow Utah, the Books, Balls, and Blocks model is a fun and educational way to provide developmental…

Ensuring All Children Thrive

By: Jacquelyn Rose, MPH Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office), Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Early Childhood Investments (ECI) initiative, a strategic partner of the Office, and an active parent representative from ECI recently had the opportunity to participate in the All Children Thrive (ACT) Design Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. ACT, an…

Help Me Grow National Center Hosts Nationwide Innovation Challenge

By: Kimberly Martini-Carvell Recognizing the importance of innovation in promoting children’s healthy development, the Help Me Grow® National Center (National Center) and Connecticut Children’s Advancing Kids Innovation Program (AKIP) partnered to organize and implement the inaugural 10K Innovation Challenge at the 2017 Help Me Grow National Forum. We invited the 28 Help Me Grow affiliates…

Introducing Connecticut Children’s Advancing Kids Innovation Program

By: Jacquelyn M. Rose, MPH Have you ever wondered why, with so many bright people who have so many great ideas, it seems like some problems just never seem to get solved? We did too, especially when it comes to promoting children’s health. Now, we are setting out to change that. Connecticut Children’s Office for…

New Podcast Highlights Community Health Innovation at Connecticut Children’s

In order to encourage children to reach their optimal healthy development, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is committed to cultivating promising new strategies that show potential for closing existing gaps in programs and services currently offered to children. One of our newest innovation pathways is our Advancing Kids Innovation Program (AKIP), which is overseen by our…

Leading Through Innovation

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center strives to innovate effective solutions to existing gaps in programs and services for children. Our innovation efforts, spearheaded by our Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health, are strengthening families and making a difference in the lives of children locally, regionally and nationally. Our work is now featured in an interview…

Contagious Innovation: How Bacteria and Innovation are Connected

By: Scott Orsey Recently I got lost in the “Wikis” while researching innovation on the web. For me, Wikipedia can be a bottomless reservoir of knowledge and time – tempting me to dig through a never ending chain of links that are at times deeper and at other times broader than the topic at hand….

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…

Health and Happiness

By: Lisa Honigfeld, PhD Results from the fourth annual World Happiness Report are in. Based on a worldwide Gallup poll, the results rank 156 countries according to their state of happiness. Unfortunately the United States, which ranked 13 in happiness, fell to 85 in the well-being rankings. Countries’ happiness scores negatively correlated with their population…

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. 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,…