Office for Community Child Health Team

Paul Dworkin, MD
Executive Vice President for Community Child Health

Lisa Honigfeld, PhD
Associate Director, Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health

Scott Orsey
Director of Operations and Strategy, Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health

Program Leads


Help Me Grow® National Center

Easy Breathing©

Mid-Level Developmental Assessment

Center for Care Coordination & Care Coordination Collaborative Model

Direct Services

Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program

Hartford Youth HIV Identification and Linkage Consortium

Person-Centered Medical Home

Injury Prevention Center


Education and Research

Educating Practices in the Community

Practice Quality Improvement

Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health


Paul Dworkin, MD

Executive Vice President for Community Child Health

Paul Dworkin, MD, serves as the executive vice president for community child health at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and is also a professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Dworkin previously served as physician-in-chief at Connecticut Children’s for 15 years.

Dr. Dworkin oversees the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office) which is dedicated to addressing critical contemporary issues in children’s lives that can adversely affect their health and development. Examples of such issues include developmental delays, behavioral concerns, poverty, unintentional injuries, housing hazards, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Dr. Dworkin also serves as the founding director of the Help Me Grow® National Center (the National Center), which is a program of the Office that promotes the early detection of children with mild to moderate developmental or behavioral concerns and links them to community-based programs and services. Dr. Dworkin developed Help Me Grow® as a pilot project in Hartford in 1997 and then successfully advocated for statewide expansion in 2002. The program has since expanded to affiliates around the country that receive technical assistance and support from the National Center.

Dr. Dworkin has advocated in support of such federal initiatives as the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” initiative targeting autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Dworkin currently serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Urban League of Greater Hartford. He was the 2003 recipient of the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics in recognition of achievement in the field of child development. Past winners of this award include pioneering pediatricians Benjamin Spock, MD, and T. Berry Brazelton, MD. Dr. Dworkin served as the editor of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics from 1997 through 2002. He was honored as a member of the first entering class of the Academy of Distinguished Educators at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Dr. Dworkin received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a pediatric residency and fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics with a special emphasis on developmental and behavioral issues at Boston Children's Hospital. He also holds a certificate in policy analysis from the University of North Dakota.

Lisa Honigfeld, PhD

Associate Director, Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health

Lisa Honigfeld, PhD is the associate director of the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office) and is the vice president for health initiatives at the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI). Her responsibilities at the Office and CHDI include development and oversight of projects designed to test innovations in child health services delivery, policy and systems.

Dr. Honigfeld has more than 30 years of experience working in child health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics. She serves on several statewide committees related to medical home implementation in Connecticut, care for children with special health care needs, family support, pediatric training and quality improvement in pediatric care. She has authored several articles on pediatric services and speaks nationally and internationally about child health issues. Her current work focuses on care coordination, developmental screening, the interface between primary care and community and subspecialty services, and expanding the capacity of pediatric primary care to address mental health issues.

Dr. Honigfeld has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts. She also has a Master of Arts degree and a doctorate degree, both in sociology, from the University of Chicago. She holds a faculty appointment in pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Scott Orsey

Director, Operations and Strategy, Office for Community Child Health

As the Director of Operations & Strategy for Connecticut Children's Office for Community Child Health, Scott Orsey is responsible for integrating all of the Office's activities and opportunities into a meaningful and productive operational plan; ensuring that all staff understand the details of the Office's business plan and how their work connects to the Office's goals; overseeing and supporting the development of technology management and marketing/communication activities in support of the Office and its programs; and supporting the creation of new programs, services, and products, as well as developing new or expanded business models.

Scott brings to Connecticut Children's over 15 years of experience designing and executing innovative solutions for Fortune 500 companies, holding titles such as Head of Development & Innovation and Director of Operations. Scott is active in the Hartford nonprofit community having founded CountMeIn!Hartford, a nonprofit idea incubator, to bring structured innovation development to the nonprofit sector. He has consulted to several nonprofits and sits on the board of directors of Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity and the Hartford Preservation Alliance.

Scott holds a Master's of Science from the University of Virginia, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a certificate from UCONN's Encore!Hartford Nonprofit Leadership Program.

Joanna Bogin, M.S.

Director, Help Me Grow® National Center

Joanna Bogin, M.S. has worked in the field of early childhood special education and prevention for more than 30 years. Her expertise is in the areas of developmental evaluation of young children, program inclusion, program development and public policy.

Kevin Borrup, JD, MPA

Associate Director, Injury Prevention Center

Mr. Borrup has over a decade of experience in injury prevention science and is accomplished in conducting research, implementing programs, and in advocating for policies that keep children safe and injury free. He has a special interest in the application of new technologies in safety research.

Michelle M. Cloutier, MD

Director, Hartford Childhood Wellness Allliance & Easy Breathing©

Dr. Cloutier designed the Easy Breathing© program to encourage comprehensive asthma management by pediatric providers, patients and parents with the goals of improving the health status of children with asthma and reducing medical care expenditures. Dr. Cloutier is currently the Principal Investigator on several grants. Learn more about Dr. Cloutier »

Chris Corcoran

Project Manager, Connecticut Children's Healthy Homes Program

Chris Corcoran is the Project Manager for the Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program. Chris is responsible for maintaining communication with the Program’s network of public and private partner organizations and identifying innovative opportunities to collaborate and make homes safe and healthy for Connecticut children and their families.

Erin Cornell, MPH

Program Manager, Co-Management & Mid-Level Developmental Assessment

Erin Cornell serves as Program Manager for the Mid-Level Developmental Assessment and Co-Management programs within the Office for Community Child Health. She has experience in health services research and her area of interest is in improving health and developmental outcomes for children through systems innovation. Erin holds a BA from Boston University and an MPH from the University of Connecticut.

Nilda Fernandez-Betancourt, MSW

Hartford Youth HIV Identification & Linkage Consortium (HYHIL)

Nilda Fernandez-Betancourt, MSW is the Prevention Supervisor at the UConn Health/CT Children’s Pediatric & Youth HIV Program. She coordinates the Hartford Youth HIV Identification and Linkage Consortia (HYHIL) and the Health Interactive Project (HIP); provides medical case management/supervision; serves as a Field Instructor for graduate students via the UConn School of Social Work Field Education Program.

Eminet Abebe Gurganus, MPH

Program Development and Implementation Manager

Eminet Abebe Gurganus, MPH, supports the Office’s system-building efforts through proposal development and program management and oversees the Practice Quality Improvement program. Her interests include: measurement of impact of child health interventions, the value of resilience-building approaches, and the application of quality improvement methodology to community child health. She is a graduate of Yale University.

Patricia Joyce, MD

Director, Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health (REACH)

Patricia Joyce, MD is the director of the REACH (Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health) pathway for a subset of pediatric residents, as well as the director of community curriculum for all pediatric residents. An Associate Program Director for the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency, she serves clinically as the director of pediatric services at the St. Francis/University of Connecticut Primary Care Services at the Burgdorf/Bank of America Health Center, which provides education to a host of resident and medical students annually.

Ronald Kraatz, MPA

Senior Manager, Connecticut Children's Healthy Homes Program

Ronald Kraatz, MPA, is the manager for the Healthy Homes Project at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Mr. Kraatz has over thirty years experience in public health, environmental management and housing issues. He has successfully managed over $37 million in federal and State funded lead hazard control and healthy homes grants. Prior to joining Connecticut Children’s, Mr. Kraatz served as the Director of Health for the Town of Manchester, Connecticut.

Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH

Director, Injury Prevention Center

Garry Lapidus PA-C, MPH is the Director of the Connecticut Injury Prevention Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center/Hartford Hospital. He provides clinical care in the Emergency Department and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Kimberly Martini-Carvell, MA

Executive Director, Help Me Grow® National Center

Kimberly Martini-Carvell, MA is the executive director for the Help Me Grow® National Center. Prior to joining the center, Martini-Carvell worked as the associate vice president for programs at The Village for Families and Children in Hartford where she created and managed prevention and early intervention programs for families and children. She has also worked as a child and family development consultant for the United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut, as director of the CT Family Development Institute of the Children’s Trust Fund, and as an adjunct professor for the University of Connecticut’s School of Family Studies.

During her career, Martini-Carvell has also served on the national Zero to Three Policy Committee, the national Childhood Traumatic Stress Network’s Birth-6 Workgroup and the leadership team of the Connecticut Parent Educators Network.

Susan Roman, MPH, RN

Program Director, Center for Care Coordination

Susan Roman, MPH, RN is responsible for the innovation, development, and evaluation of health programs that address the needs of children and youth with special health care needs, and vulnerable, at-risk children. She has more than 30 years of experience in pediatric and mental health nursing and population health management.

Karen Rubin, MD

Program Director, Co-Management; Associate Clinical Chair of Pediatrics; Head of Clinical Care Innovation

Dr. Rubin has a special interest in youth with chronic conditions that persist into adulthood; her efforts in this area include improving the transition from pediatric to adult care. She has spearheaded an innovative care model for Type 1 diabetes and is leading an initiative aimed at improving access to pediatric specialists by enhancing the collaboration between primary care and specialty providers. Learn more about Dr. Rubin »

Sara Sibley

Program Manager, Help Me Grow® National Center

Sara Sibley is the program manager for the Help Me Grow® National Center. She joined the staff in 2010 and provides administrative and project support, including technical assistance to a HMG Affiliate network of 23 states. Previously, she was the state coordinator for the Easy Breathing© asthma program, which has been replicated nationally. Her role involved overseeing a team of program coordinators for statewide implementation and dissemination of Easy Breathing©.

Danielle Warren-Dias, MS

Hartford Youth HIV Identification & Linkage Consortium (HYHIL)

Danielle Warren-Dias is Program Coordinator of family support at the UConn Health/CT Children's Pediatric & Youth HIV Program. Warren-Dias has worked in the HIV/AIDS arena for over 20 years. She advocates for equal access to education, social services and health care for economically disadvantaged populations on the local, state and national stage.