“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,…

R is for Refugee: A Novel Approach to Mitigating the Impacts of Toxic Stress

By: Erin Cornell, MPH In a proposed reimagining of the classic Sesame Street program, R will stand for Refugee. Recognizing the significant need among children and families both facing and displaced by the conflict in the Middle East, Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee will develop a novel intervention designed to address toxic stress…

Pediatric Payment Reform: Getting More Value from Pediatric Primary Care

This post is part two of a two-part guest blog series on pediatric primary care payment reform efforts in Connecticut. It was authored by Lisa Honigfeld for the Connecticut Health Foundation, an independent private foundation dedicated to achieving health equity. Visit www.cthealth.org to learn more about their work.   By: Lisa Honigfeld, PhD Many thanks to the…

Pediatric Payment Reform: Ensuring Healthy Children Become Healthy Adults

This post is part one of a two-part guest blog series on pediatric primary care payment reform efforts in Connecticut. It was authored by Lisa Honigfeld for the Connecticut Health Foundation, an independent private foundation dedicated to achieving health equity. Visit www.cthealth.org to learn more about their work.  By: Lisa Honigfeld, PhD A couple years ago,…

Time to Reframe our World View

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD Spirited debate over immigration policy in our country and controversial comments attributed to our president regarding immigrants’ nations of origin have fueled intense concerns for the international reputation of the United States. Pundits lament a loss of global standing and prestige due to such policies and comments, as well as…

Developmental Screening and Referral: a Call for Careful Reflection

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD Each month, I have the pleasure of meeting with first-year pediatric residents who are on their Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics rotation at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. I employ a case-based approach to enhance their understanding of the process of developmental surveillance and screening and to strengthen their skills in the early detection…

Engaging Local Public Health Agencies and Community-Based Organizations to Promote Children’s Optimal Healthy Development

By: Jacquelyn M. Rose, MPH Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office) and representatives from four of its programs had the opportunity to participate in the recent Connecticut Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference. The theme of this year’s meeting was “From Patients to Population Health – Disparities Matter.” The day included…

I Wonder Why Not a “Child Health Services First” Agenda?

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD I was interested to read the recent announcement of Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean James E. Ryan that he will depart Harvard at the end of the academic year to become president of the University of Virginia. Before joining Harvard, he was the Matheson & Morgenthau Distinguished Professor at…

The Call for System Leadership

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD I am privileged to serve on the Leadership Council of the North Hartford Triple Aim Collaborative, an important, place-based initiative to promote the health and well-being of all residents of Hartford’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. In preparation for an upcoming meeting, the convening backbone organization shared an article on system leadership…

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…