Protect Children from Dangerous Toys

By: Steven C. Rogers, MD, MS-CTR With the busy holiday shopping season upon us, it’s important for physicians and consumer groups to encourage parents and caregivers to research toys to ensure the ones they plan to purchase are safe. I see the impact of dangerous toys on children through my work as an emergency physician…

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…

Injury Prevention Conference Honors Safety Advocate

By: Kevin Borrup Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital hosted the 1st annual Statewide Injury Prevention Conference on October 3 in an effort raise awareness and promote prevention strategies on a broad range of issues. Experts from Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center and the Injury Prevention Center at Yale New Haven…

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…