The Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (the Office) addresses critical contemporary issues in children’s lives that have the potential to adversely affect their health and development.
The Office not only serves as a critical community resource, but also cultivates innovative and cost-effective solutions to address existing gaps in our health care and child service systems. Its work helps to build a stronger support system for children and their families.
The Help Me Grow® National Center, innovated in Hartford and based at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, serves as a national resource for supporting the replication of Help Me Grow® systems throughout the country. Tested as a pilot project in Hartford in 1997, the program expanded statewide in 2002 and is also being replicated around the country. Help Me Grow® links children who are at risk for developmental or behavioral problems to helpful community-based programs and services.
Easy Breathing© is a community-based asthma management program innovated at Connecticut Children’s and housed in our Asthma Center. It ensures children, families and physicians work together to manage asthma symptoms using national asthma guidelines. The program is available to children across Connecticut and is also being replicated in other states. Learn more about the Asthma Center. »
The Mid-Level Developmental Assessment innovation provides a new model for assessing children with mild or moderate developmental delays to determine which services would be most beneficial to them. Children with mild to moderate delays, or those who are at risk for delays, are typically ineligible for publicly funded programs such as early intervention or preschool special education programs. This assessment can efficiently determine their needs and ensure their connection to community-based programs through the Help Me Grow® system in Connecticut. Mid-Level Developmental Assessment has expanded statewide and is currently being replicated in other states.
The Advancing Kids Innovation Program (AKIP), which is part of Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health, collaborates with individuals and organizations to establish a pipeline of innovations that focus on the health of children and strengthen families.
Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health recognizes the role of innovation in promoting children’s optimal healthy development.
We are committed to supporting innovations that:
- Can be tested, refined and brought to scale across a broad population of children, at the local, regional, state and/or national levels
- Use multi-sector approaches to advance children’s health and development
In 2010, the Hartford Area Care Coordination Collaborative (HCCC) was established as a vehicle to improve communication among diverse programs providing care coordination to children and families; increase the efficiency and effectiveness of care coordination within a comprehensive child health system; and serve as a resource for medical homes seeking community-based services for their families. The goal was to coordinate the coordinators and ensure that children and families were connected to services across several sectors as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health and the Center for Care Coordination lead the Care Coordination Collaborative Model and provide technical assistance to the regional care coordination collaborative. Learn more about the Care Coordination Collaborative Model. »
The Kohl’s Start Childhood Off Right (SCOR) program is dedicated to decreasing obesity in Hartford children from birth to age 2 by five percent. SCOR is working to accomplish that goal through the following activities: 1) convene a collaborative of community partners who are mobilized to combat childhood obesity; 2) educate pediatric providers to counsel Hartford families on healthy nutrition and activity and provide referrals to community resources for at risk 0-2 year olds; 3) train community outreach workers on counseling and supporting families with 0-2 year olds to utilize consistent healthy growth messaging; 4) connect Hartford families to health promotion organizations during wellness events and sharing healthy eating messages; and 5) refer at risk families to Child Development Infoline to connect them to community resources.
Learn more about Kohl’s SCOR here.
The Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination empowers families by helping them advocate for access to appropriate medical, behavioral, educational, legal, and social services. The center also provides training and technical support for community-based primary care providers, supporting them to become medical homes for the children they serve.
The Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program improves the lives of children by making their homes healthier, safer and more energy efficient. The program provides qualified homeowners and tenants with inspections and plans for the removal of lead, asthma triggers, and safety hazards. It also provides financial assistance for remediation, relocation assistance during construction, referrals to low-cost or no-cost weatherization programs to increase energy efficiency, and education pertaining to healthy and safe homes. Learn more about the Healthy Homes Program. »
The Hartford Youth HIV Identification and Linkage Consortium works to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among youth. The program provides interactive prevention education, community engagement and outreach, and youth friendly HIV/STD screenings. The consortium also links youth to medical care services, employment services and other community resources. Learn more about the Pediatric, Youth and Family HIV Program. »
The Connecticut Children’s Primary Care Center recently received designation as a Person Centered Medical Home. In achieving that recognition, the Center met rigorous standards set by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and was recognized for coordinating patient care, maintaining a high level of quality in service delivery, and ensuring that patients and families remain at the center of all care. Several programs overseen by the Office for Community Child Health support the Primary Care Center in its medical home status.
Education and Research
The Injury Prevention Center engages in research, community outreach, education, training, and public policy work to reduce preventable injuries and violence to children. Its three primary focus areas are teen driving safety, teen suicide prevention and domestic violence prevention. Its community programs, including Safe Kids Connecticut and the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Hartford, address a wide range of child safety concerns ranging from child passenger safety to poisoning prevention and other home safety issues. Learn more about the Injury Prevention Center. »
The Children’s Center on Family Violence has been created to respond to and reduce the number of children impacted by family violence through a trauma-informed, multidisciplinary, multiagency approach.
Co-Management empowers primary care providers to improve the breadth and quality of care they provide to children. Primary care providers partner with subspecialists to design protocols for the care of certain high prevalence conditions that are typically referred to subspecialists. By doing so, this care model allows children to receive some subspecialty care within their medical home and ensures that they receive timely access to subspecialty care when needed. The model frees up subspecialty appointments for children whose conditions cannot be managed in the primary care setting. Learn more about Co-Management Programs. »
The Educating Practices in the Community program is a signature innovation of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut and is supported by the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health. It’s designed to bring the newest developments in pediatric primary care to Connecticut’s child health providers through the process of academic detailing and works to advance sustainable improvements in primary and preventive health and mental health care practices for all Connecticut children. Learn more about Educating Practices in the Community. »
The Practice Quality Improvement Program helps primary care physicians use a data-driven, quality improvement approach to enhance the services they provide to children. Program activities help practices improve their surveillance and screening for developmental risks, improve their identification of behavioral concerns, and connect children and families to helpful services. Learn more about Practice Quality Improvement. »
The Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health program helps to foster the growth of future generations of pediatricians who are community child health advocates. The program nurtures pediatric residents to become future leaders by providing them with unique opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in the areas of advocacy, community health and public policy. During their time in the program, pediatric residents work closely with experts in the fields of population health, community research, policy reform, and social innovation all with the goal of promoting children’s healthy development. Learn more about Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health. »