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…

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…

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…

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…

Leveraging Medicaid to Enhance Child Health Outcomes

By: Paul H. Dworkin, MD As we strive to promote children’s optimal development, we are constantly reminded of the challenges that stand in the way of success. Poverty. Exposure to childhood trauma. Unidentified developmental delays and disorders. Unhealthy housing. Food insecurity. The list is long. The challenge early childhood experts, including myself, face is to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A Call to Restore State Funding for Help Me Grow

Paul Dworkin, MD, delivered the following testimony to the Connecticut state legislature’s Appropriations Committee on February 21, 2017, urging lawmakers to restore funding for Connecticut’s Help Me Grow® program. Dr. Dworkin also wrote an opinion article on the same topic that was published in the Connecticut Mirror. Dr. Dworkin piloted the developmental screening, identification and…