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

Program Leads

Innovation

Help Me Grow® National Center

Easy Breathing©

Mid-Level Developmental Assessment

Center for Care Coordination & Care Coordination Collaborative Model

Advancing Kids Innovation Program

Direct Services

Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program

Hartford Youth HIV Identification and Linkage Consortium

Person-Centered Medical Home

Injury Prevention Center

Co-Management

Education and Research

Children’s Center on Family Violence

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

Senior Director, Operations and Strategy, Office for Community Child Health

As the Senior 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.

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.

Joanna Bogin, M.S., MA

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 Cloutier, M.D., MA

Director Emeritus, 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.

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 for Research, Innovation and Evaluation
Help Me Grow® National Center

Erin Cornell serves as Program Manager for Research, Innovation and Education for the Help Me Grow® National Center. 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.

Karen Jarmoc, MA

Co-Director, Children’s Center on Family Violence

Karen Jarmoc is an accomplished leader with nearly twenty years of management, policy and communications experience; an effective and polished oral and written communicator with a superior ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituencies to gain consensus and provide valuable outcomes; deeply rooted in guiding transformational strategies to create stronger communities. As a member of the House of Representatives (2007-2011) in Connecticut, Karen helped spearhead legislation to improve the state’s response to victims of domestic violence and worked with others to successfully secure funding for 24/7 coverage within the state’s domestic violence shelters. She serves is Chair of the CT Commission on Women, Children and Seniors and as board chair for the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls. She also sits on the board of the Connecticut Airport Authority.

 

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.

Nina Livingston, MD, FAAP

Co-Director, Children’s Center on Family Violence

Dr. Nina Livingston is a child abuse pediatrician and the director of the SCAN (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect) program at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Livingston collaborates across disciplines on many regional initiatives and teaches regionally and nationally on evaluation of suspected maltreatment. She also co-directs the Children’s Center on Family Violence, a program of Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health that is formed in collaboration with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and aims to reduce the impact of family violence on children. Learn more about Dr. Livingston »

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.

Jacquelyn M. Rose, MPH

Program Manager, Advancing Kids Innovation Program

As program manager for the Advancing Kids Innovation Program, Jacquelyn Rose is responsible for building relationships with, and offering assistance to, individuals and organizations that create and implement innovative strategies to foster healthy development and strengthen families. Prior to joining Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Jacquelyn served as director of outreach and community programs for the police department in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she was responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating community-oriented programs and initiatives. Jacquelyn holds a master’s degree in public health from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in public health from Southern Connecticut State University.

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©.

Tregony Simoneau, MD

Co-Director, Easy Breathing©
Tregony Simoneau, MD is Co-Director of Connecticut Children’s Asthma Center and Easy Breathing©, and is a pediatric pulmonologist at Connecticut Children’s. She has an interest in cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and aerodigestive disorders. She participates in asthma research, both clinical and translational, attempting to identify the underlying immunologic differences in children with asthma. Learn more about Dr. Simoneau»

Markus Smith

Senior Manager, Healthy Homes Program

Marcus Smith is senior manager of the Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes program. Marcus has over 15 years of experience working in mission-driven organizations that focus on the intersection of community development and sustainability. Prior to joining Connecticut Children’s, Marcus worked as strategic planning and program evaluation manager at the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority where he designed and implemented initiatives aimed at creating and preserving affordable housing opportunities for low-income households. He began his career in affordable housing with the Hartford-based nonprofit community development organization, Sheldon Oak Central.

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.

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