Connecticut Children's Office for Community Child Health

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has a vision to make Connecticut’s children the healthiest in the nation. While we provide leading medical care, treatment and follow-up support within our facilities, some of the best work we do to promote children’s health happens within Connecticut’s communities.

The Connecticut Children's Office for Community Child Health is dedicated to developing and supporting community-based programs that promote children’s optimal healthy development. This unique approach among children’s hospitals brings together internal, local, state, and national stakeholders to provide specific programs which aim to prevent illness, injury and other harm, and ensure that children in all communities receive the best care possible.

As the state’s only academic medical center that cares exclusively for children, Connecticut Children’s serves as a coordinator of existing wellness initiatives and as a hub for innovative and creative programs to help keep children healthier. Twelve Office for Community Child Health programs are currently in progress across Connecticut communities:

Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut

In partnership with the Office for Community Child Health, the ultimate goal of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI) is to ensure that all children in Connecticut have access to and benefit from a comprehensive, effective, community-based health and mental health care system.

To achieve this vision, efforts are focused on long-term systemic change by identifying and evaluating effective practices, and then building the capacity to implement them statewide. Working in partnership with state and regional agencies, hospitals, universities, and other organizations, CHDI combines direct funding with research, policy analysis, advocacy, and technical assistance.

Collaborating with Connecticut Children’s, the University of Connecticut and Yale University, CHDI strives to advance sustainable improvements in primary and preventive health and mental health care practices and policy for all the state's children, with a particular focus on disadvantaged or underserved children and families.

Paul Dworkin, MD

Under the direction of Paul Dworkin, MD, executive vice president of Community Child Health and a recognized Senior Fellow of CHDI, his research on the value of developmentally-oriented anticipated guidance, developmental surveillance and screening in the early detection of at-risk children, and care coordination that links children and families to programs and services has directly contributed to the success of many Office for Community Child Health initiatives.