Identifying Next Steps for Pediatric Value-Based Care

Our Paul Dworkin, MD, founding director of the Help Me Grow National Center, partnered with other leading child development experts to help inform the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation‘s (CMMI) ongoing exploration of alternative payment model concepts for pediatrics that prioritize value-based reimbursements over traditional fee-for-service models. Dworkin and colleagues analyzed 16 responses to…

Preventing Childhood Obesity from Birth

By: Nancy Trout, MD, MPH and Stacy Chandna, MS, CIP Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office) is excited to launch the Kohl’s Start Childhood Off Right (Kohl’s SCOR) initiative to prevent childhood obesity from birth. The initiative is funded through a generous grant from Kohl’s. The most recent Community Health Needs Assessment…

Embracing the Social Needs Roadmap

By: Scott Orsey Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office) is excited to be an early adopter of the Social Needs Roadmap, which is a health sector driven campaign to address the non-medical essential needs of patients, including children and families. The roadmap joins healthcare organizations and community groups around the country to…

Raising Awareness About Lead Poisoning

By: Marcus Smith and Luis Alvarado At Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program, we work year-round to raise awareness about the impact of lead poisoning on children, which triggers poorer developmental and health outcomes with effects that linger for a lifetime. We also take extra steps to get our message out to children and families during…

CDC Highlights Easy Breathing Results

A new publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights the work of our Easy Breathing program, which is an evidence-based and cost-effective asthma management program that is being used by primary care providers in Connecticut and four additional states. The report, titled Evidence Summary Control Asthma, suggests interventions that insurance companies and…

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…

Partnering to Strengthen Clinical Care Delivery

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD and Donna L. O’Shea, MD As leaders at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and UnitedHealthcare, we recognize the critical need to do more to ensure the optimal health and development of children than merely providing and paying for healthcare. We know we have a responsibility to do all we can to…

Raising Awareness about Teen Suicide

By: Steven Rogers, MD As an emergency physician, I find the sharp increase in teenage suicide over the past 40 years in the United States to be troubling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is highlighting the problem through a new analysis of data that was published in a recent CDC Morbidity and…

Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Visits Connecticut Children’s

Acting Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle visited Connecticut Children’s Medical Center recently along with Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal to raise awareness about the crucial need to keep children safe. Buerkle’s visit highlighted Connecticut Children’s commitment to ensuring children stay healthy and injury free. That commitment shines through our Connecticut Children’s Office for…

Addressing Health Disparities Early in Life

By: Paul Dworkin, MD Back in April 2016, I was honored to be selected as one of four presenters at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Public Health Grand Rounds titled “Addressing Disparities in Early Childhood.” The information we collectively provided to our audience is now compiled in an article just published on…

Petit Fellows Share Lessons Learned

By: Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH At Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center (IPC), we take pride in educating future standouts in the medical field. Just as they learn from us, we learn so much from them which was the case this summer when we hosted The Hayley Petit Injury & Violence Prevention Fellowship. During the fellowship,…