Visit our foundation to give a gift.
View Locations Near Me
Main Campus – Hartford
Connecticut Children’s – Waterbury
Specialty Care Center – Danbury
Connecticut Children’s Surgery Center at Farmington
Specialty Care Center – Fairfield
Search All Locations
Find a doctor
Find A Doctor
Request an Appointment
Amenities and Services
Who’s Who on Care Team
Getting Ready for Surgery
What to Expect—Picture Stories
Understanding the Different Fees
Estimate of Financial Liability
Pay a Bill
United Technologies Family Resource Center
Family Advisory Council
Electronic Health Records
Share Your Story
Pay a Bill
Login to MyChart
Clinical Support Services Referrals
About the Network
Join the Network
Graduate Medical Education
Continuing Medical Education
MOC/Practice Quality Improvement
Educating Practices in the Community (EPIC)
Learning & Performance
Meet our Physician Relations Team
Request Medical Records
Join our Referring Provider Advisory Board
View our Physician Callback Standards
Read & Subscribe to Medical News
Register for Email Updates
Update Your Practice Information
Refer a Patient
Find and Print Health Info
Monica Buchanan, Director of Communications
HARTFORD, Conn. –Since 2012, Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center and The Allstate Foundation have worked together to offer youth empowerment programming that fosters personal development and peer leadership opportunities. Recently, Connecticut Children’s received a $40,000 Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young® grant, enabling the Injury Prevention Center to continue to engage high school students in building an understanding about the importance of maintaining healthy, non-violent relationships through the Building a Culture of Healthy Relationships program.
“Teens and young adults have been bombarded by negative relationship models in music, movies, and for some in their homes,” said Kevin Borrup, DrPH, JD, MPA, associate director of Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center. “Building a Culture of Healthy Relationships is designed to help teens to take a step back and really examine how their actions and attitudes impact relationships and to take a leading role in making change among their peers.”
Building a Culture of Healthy Relationships, is a high school-based program that teaches and promotes healthy pro-social interactions between peers. The curriculum is currently being implemented in four Connecticut high schools. The five-session curriculum addresses topics that include violence against women, co-occurring forms of abuse, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships and how to be an ally against violence. Through group discussions, media, interactive activities and reflective journaling, the program aims to provide students with a foundation that fosters mutual respect and understanding with peers.
“The Allstate Foundation has partnered with Connecticut Children’s for nearly a decade to help youth develop a culture of healthy behaviors and relationships in their schools and communities at-large,” said Tracey King, Allstate corporate relations manager. “We believe that good starts young and that young people can make a positive difference in our world – they just need support and encouragement. Programs like Building a Culture of Healthy Relationships are bringing attention to the critical community issue of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and we are proud to support it.”
Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young® helps youth build socio-emotional skills crucial to learning and leading so they can make a tangible impact on our world. Through partnerships with impactful nonprofit organizations like Connecticut Children’s, Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and employees come together to help youth unlock their future potential and lead the way to a better tomorrow.
In 2017, Connecticut passed a law requiring that sexual abuse and assault education be implemented in each local and regional school district. In Connecticut, 7.8 percent of high school students reported on the Connecticut School Health Survey (CSHS) that they have been physically forced to have sexual intercourse. This is a surprising statistic that only reinforces the need for this kind of education. Building a Culture of Healthy Relationships is a program designed to meet this mandate.
Thanks to the financial support from The Allstate Foundation, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is able to deliver this program in a number of schools in Hartford, and in other school districts around the State.
Interested schools can contact Jessica Escobar at JEscobar@connecticutchildrens.org.
Monica Buchanan, Director, Corporate Communications
Sign up to receive the latest news and blog posts from Connecticut Children’s via email!