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HARTFORD, Conn. – Families can find it overwhelming to arrange all of the medical care and social services needed for their children. Care coordinators offer powerful advocacy and support to help ease that burden for families. Not only do they help enhance outcomes for children by connecting them to needed services and resources, but they also help to lower health care costs by reducing the duplication of services families receive across the various sectors serving children and families.
To help advance care coordination efforts through a cross-sector approach, Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination is sharing its expertise with care coordinators, nurses, social workers, other professionals, and community and state agencies through its 3rd annual Care Coordination Forum.
Care Coordination Forum
It Starts With You. Redefining Your Role in Change Through Story, Substance and Strategy
Thursday, May 3, 2018
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sheraton South Hotel, Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Among the speakers, Veronica Rosario of East Hartford will share her story of how she relocated to Connecticut after the death of her husband and struggled to locate appropriate services for her youngest son, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. After contacting Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination, care coordinators helped her locate support services including medical appointments, physical therapy, speech therapy, housing assistance and transportation.
“I have a support group. I have someone who knows the system, knows what door to knock on so that I can help my children and that’s a safe haven,” said Rosario. “When you uproot your family and you come here and you have a plan and all of a sudden you find a very huge bump in the road and they give you that lifeline, to help to get them located and into the system, that helps you put your mind at ease.”
The Forum’s keynote speaker will be Matthew Dicks, an internationally best-selling author and motivational speaker. The Forum will feature both general and breakout sessions and its theme centers on transforming the way in which care coordinators support children and families by learning to highlight collective stories of success.
“By breaking down the barriers families often face in accessing health care and support services, care coordination empowers families to do all they can to help children thrive,” said Susan Roman, RN, MPH, senior program manager for Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination. “We look forward to gathering together to collectively work towards utilizing care coordination to more effectively enhance outcomes for children.”
To date, Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination has connected more than 8,500 children and families to programs and services. Rather than focusing exclusively on children with complex medical needs, Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination takes a unique approach by serving all children, including those who are at-risk due to poverty and other social factors.
“With health care reform and the focus on population health, care coordination is critical to ensure that families can access programs and services to achieve optimal health, development, and well-being,” said Paul H. Dworkin, MD, executive vice president for community child health at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. “The effectiveness of health services depends on timely, culturally competent, and efficient care coordination.”
Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination is a program of Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health, which works to strengthen children, families, physician practices and communities to promote children’s optimal healthy development.
About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center:
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. With a medical staff of more than 1,000, Connecticut Children’s provides comprehensive, world-class health care in more than 30 pediatric specialties and subspecialties. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a not-for-profit organization, which serves as the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of The Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is a national leader in community-based prevention and wellness programs.