Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health

Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is nationally recognized as a pioneer in building partnerships across all sectors known to impact child health, development and well-being, such as housing, transportation, food and nutrition, and family support services.

What We Do

Through the work of the Office for Community Child Health, Connecticut Children’s works to build strong child-and family-serving systems and cultivate innovative and cost-effective solutions that close existing gaps in medical care and community services for children and their families. The Office for Community Child Health has a wide variety of programs that promote optimal child health, development and well-being. Some of those programs include:

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The mission of the Injury Prevention Center (IPC) at Connecticut Children’s is to reduce unintentional injury and violence among Connecticut residents. One of the IPC’s signature programs is Safe Kids Connecticut, which offers safety events and educational materials to the community. The IPC’s efforts to address community violence includes the Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program (HVIP). HVIP seeks to address community violence by intervening with youth and young adults who have experienced violence as a witness, victim or perpetrator. 

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The Help Me Grow National Center uses the only evidence-based system building model that promotes the early identification of health, developmental and behavioral concerns in vulnerable children and connects them to services for immediate intervention. One of the National Center’s affiliates is Help Me Grow Connecticut, which families and providers can access by calling the 211 Child Development Infoline. 

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Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program is committed to preventing childhood lead poisoning by making homes throughout Connecticut safe and healthy. 

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North Hartford Ascend is a cradle to career effort to ensure children living in the North Hartford Promise Zone have the support they need to reach their full potential. 

Our nationally recognized Easy Breathing© program helps to improve diagnosis rates of asthma and helps to create a standardized approach to help keep asthma under control. 

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Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination connects children to appropriate medical and community services, which can be difficult and overwhelming for families to access on their own. The Center connects children and families to medical, behavioral, educational, legal, advocacy and social services. 

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These are just a few of the extensive programs offered to families in our communities.

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Connecticut Children’s Health Brief series provides data-driven findings and recommendations to inform best practice and policy to strengthen families and promote optimal outcomes for all children. This work has the potential to have a broad and lasting influence on critical contemporary issues in children’s health such as obesity, asthma, sexually transmitted diseases, behavioral health disorders, and child abuse. It also serves to inform policy, advance equity and reduce disparities.

Questions about Connecticut Children’s Health Brief series can be directed to HealthBrief [at]

Universal Suicide Risk Screening: A Strategy to Save Children’s Lives – Published January 2021

Responding Faster to Prevent Severe Damage Caused by Button Battery Ingestions: Recommendations for Action – Published April 2021

Our Team

Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is led by Paul H. Dworkin, MD, a nationally renowned developmental pediatrician.

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