Care Coordination Forum: Enhancing Access to Crucial Supports and Services

By: Susan Roman, RN, MPH Veronica Rosario’s story highlights the impact care coordination can have on children and families. Rosario and her two children relocated to Connecticut from Puerto Rico in 2015, after her husband passed away from cancer and her youngest son was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. They moved in with her in-laws for…

Help Me Grow National Forum: “We Can Create Change!”

This year’s Help Me Grow National Forum was the largest to date for our Help Me Grow National Center (National Center), which is based at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. More than 400 child health advocates gathered in Seattle from 29 states for the 3-day event. In 2017, 99 Help Me Grow systems…

Help Me Grow National Forum: The Inspiration Behind our Keynote Address

By: Kimberly Martini-Carvell The organizing, investing and curating of information, attendees and partners for the Help Me Grow National Forum is actualized by many. The Forum planning committee contributes significant energy and resources in informing and designing the content, while Help Me Grow National Center (National Center) staff works diligently to ensure that every opportunity…

Help Me Grow National Forum: Building Partnerships, Broadening Impact

By: Kimberly Martini-Carvell I am so excited for the 9th annual Help Me Grow National Forum to kick off today in Seattle, Washington. We are expecting more than 400 child health advocates to attend the 3-day event that includes Help Me Grow (HMG) affiliates, thought leaders in early childhood system building, state and federal partners,…

Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program Celebrates 15 Years

By: Marcus Smith Over the past 15 years, Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program (Healthy Homes) has made a remarkable impact on children and families in Connecticut. To date, Healthy Homes has received more than $30 million in federal funding since 2003, which has allowed us to tap into another $27.5 million in matching grants from…

Supporting Networks of Innovators Addressing Social Needs

By: Jacquelyn M. Rose, MPH As Steven Johnson, author of “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation” said, “If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come from just giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.” That’s exactly the kind of opportunity the Early Childhood Innovation Prize…

Death in the Back Seat

By: Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH There’s no doubt about it, seat belt use among drivers and passengers in vehicles saves lives. However, there’s a gap in Connecticut’s current law that should be fixed. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have made it mandatory for adult passengers riding in the back seat of vehicles to…

Ensuring Health Care Access Through Parent Mentors

By: Glenn Flores, MD, FAAP More than 4.8 million American children lack health insurance, which is six percent of our population. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program have made great strides in getting more children enrolled in public health insurance programs. However, with 72 percent of those uninsured children eligible for such programs, much…

Engaging Early Childhood Providers to Improve Developmental Outcomes

By: Kimberly Martini-Carvell So often, community site visits between our Help Me Grow National Center staff and affiliates exploring and installing Help Me Grow (HMG) include a major focus on those tangible outcomes affiliates hope to achieve through the implementation of their HMG system. Regardless of the community, or the stakeholders engaged in the site…

“What Gets Measured Gets Done” Yet “We Measure What We Treasure”

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD On February 7, 2018, I was excited to attend a convening organized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to identify strategies to build consensus about indicators and measures of child well-being. The eloquent title of the meeting reflected the daunting challenge of the task…

Shifting our Focus from Treatment to Health Promotion

Kolawole Olofinboba, MD is a member of both Connecticut Children’s Board of Directors and Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health Advisory Board. He joins our blog to share his thoughts on promoting health. By: Kolawole Olofinboba, MD As a trained physician, I have always viewed hospitals as places where we treat, and hopefully cure,…