Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s main campus is located at 282 Washington Street in Hartford, Connecticut.

Office for Community Child Health Team

Paul Dworkin, MD
Executive Vice President for Community Child Health

Lisa Honigfeld, PhD
Senior Advisor, Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health

Scott Orsey
Associate Director for Operations, Business Strategy, & Institutional Engagement
Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health

Kimberly Martini-Carvell, MA
Associate Director, Capacity Building, Organizational Learning & Professional Advancement, Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health
Executive Director, Help Me Grow National Center

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

Practice Quality Improvement Program

Kohl’s Start Childhood Off Right

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

Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health

Paul Dworkin, MD

Executive Vice President for Community Child Health
Director of Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health
Founding Director of the Help Me Grow National Center

Paul Dworkin, MD serves as 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 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. Dr. Dworkin also serves as founding director of the Help Me Grow National Center, which is a program of the Office that oversees a national affiliate network 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 has advocated in support of numerous federal initiatives, such 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.” campaign.

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. He served as the editor of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics from 1997 through 2002 and was honored to be 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

Senior Advisor, Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health

Lisa Honigfeld, PhD is senior advisor to 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

Associate Director for Operations, Business Strategy, & Institutional Engagement
Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health

As Associate Director of Operations, Business Strategy & Institutional Engagement 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

Associate Director, Capacity Building, Organizational Learning & Professional Advancement, Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health
Executive Director, Help Me Grow National Center

Kimberly Martini-Carvell, MA is associate director for Capacity Building, Organizational Learning & Professional Advancement for Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health. Martini-Carvell is also executive director of the Help Me Grow National Center. Prior to joining the National Center, she worked as associate vice president for programs at The Village for Families and Children in Hartford where she created and managed prevention and early intervention and treatment 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. She also served as a fellow at the National Council on Family Relations and a master facilitator for the Child and Family Partners certificate program. Martini-Carvell has presented the Help Me Grow model at numerous national and international convenings, including the bi-annual World Association of Infant Mental Health Congress.

Kevin Borrup, DrPH, JD, MPA

Associate Director, Injury Prevention Center

Dr. 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.

Stacy Chandna

Co-Director of Kohl’s Start Childhood Off Right

Stacy Chandna is the Director of the Human Research Protection Program at Connecticut Children’s. She earned her Master’s degree in nutrition from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition and has experience leading nutrition education and cooking skills workshops in New York City communities that are at-risk for developing obesity.

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

Associate Director, Help Me Grow® National Center

Erin Cornell is the associate director of Help Me Grow National Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where her role is focused on the design, delivery, and ongoing refinement of a comprehensive National Center strategy specific to Help Me Grow model replication, enhancement, and assessment. Cornell has experience in program design and development and is passionate about improving health and developmental outcomes for children through systems innovation. Prior to joining Help Me Grow National Center, she contributed to the implementation and evaluation of clinical care innovations, including Co-Management, which is also a program of Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut CASA Association. Erin holds a BA from Boston University, an MPH from the University of Connecticut, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health 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.

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 »

Cabrini Merclean

Program Manager, Practice Quality Improvement Program

Cabrini Merclean leads Connecticut Children’s Practice Quality Improvement Program, which is part of Connecticut Children’s Office of Community Child Health. In addition to managing the Maintenance of Certification (Part 4) program, she leads a Hartford Foundation funded project that provides training to organizations working with children and families on the protective factors and quality improvement methodology. She has a masters degree in social research and has worked with organizations all over the world to build their capacity in monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining Connecticut Children’s, Cabrini worked with various government and non-profit agencies in Washington DC to facilitate coordination among implementers working on humanitarian aid projects across conflict zones in Africa.

Susan Roman, RN, MPH

Director of Care Coordination

Susan Roman, RN, MPH oversees the integration of clinical care coordination and population health management activities across Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and our clinically integrated care delivery partners. Susan also directs Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination where she oversees a team that develops, implements, and evaluates programs, projects, and research opportunities that advance efforts to connect children to the medical and community supports they need to thrive. Susan is a contributing leader within Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health and facilitates the integration of its community based programs to support Connecticut Children’s providers. She has more than 34 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

Business Development Manager, Help Me Grow® National Center

Sara Sibley is the Business Development Manager for the Help Me Grow National Center. In this role, she manages financial activities and operations of the National Center, and is responsible for overseeing technical assistance endeavors for new and current affiliates of the Help Me Grow National Network. Before joining the National Center in 2010, Sara was the state coordinator for the Easy Breathing asthma program. Her role involved overseeing a team of program coordinators for statewide implementation and dissemination of Easy Breathing. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physiology and neurobiology from the University of Connecticut and is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut School of Business.

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»

Marcus 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. Danielle 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.

Nancy Trout, MD

Co-Director of Kohl’s Start Childhood Off Right

Nancy Trout, MD joined the Connecticut Children’s Primary Care Office in East Hartford in 2017, after working for 22 years in the Pediatric Ambulatory and Primary Care Center at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She completed her Certificate in Global Health and her Master’s degree in public health at the University of Massachusetts with a focus on health disparities and early childhood obesity. Learn more about Dr. Trout»

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