North Hartford’s Way to Wellville

By: Jacquelyn M. Rose, MPH How exactly do communities pave their Way to Wellville? It’s a challenging question to answer, however it’s one that North Hartford and four other communities across the country are working towards as part of a ten-year journey called Way to Wellville. I’m proud to have joined other local leaders on…

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,…

Reflections on the 8th Annual Help Me Grow Forum

By: Kimberly Martini-Carvell The Help Me Grow® (HMG) National Forum provides an opportunity for HMG affiliates from across the country to come together to share their work, network, and learn from others, including key experts in the field of early childhood. Approaching the Forum this year, I recognize that we find ourselves at a critical…

An Impressive Reminder That All Measures Matter

By: Paul Dworkin, MD and Erin Cornell, MPH A recently published article, Protective Prevention Effects on the Association of Poverty With Brain Development by Brody and colleagues, in the January issue of the journal, JAMA Pediatrics, has stimulated and even challenged our thinking on strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to promote children’s healthy…

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,…

A Look at Our Community Child Health Learning Collaborative

Our new learning collaborative designed to explore best practices with regards to strengthening families and promoting healthy development is off to a great start! Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health launched the collaborative with eight other children’s hospitals to showcase the value-based work that is already being done to keep children from needing medical…

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…

Outstanding Achievements in Pediatric Research

By: Paul Dworkin, MD We’ve made remarkable strides in pediatric research in recent decades, and we know that even more impressive advances are on the horizon. Of particular interest to those of us who work at Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office) are evidence-informed practices that strengthen families to promote children’s optimal…