by Paul Dworkin, M.D.
Founder, Help Me Grow; Executive Vice-President, Community Child Health Director, Office for Community Child Health, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Feb 21, 2014
Reframing the Mental Health Issue
In a January 2014 New York Times op-ed column, Nicholas Kristof invited readers to suggest topics that deserve more attention this year. He offered up the topic of mental health as a systematically neglected issue.
I am confident that few of us disagree with him. Kristof lamented the “code of silence” around the topic, noting that the media tends to cover only mental health issues that arise in the context of extr Read More >>
Help Me Grow Washington Part of Federal Grant
New grant brings focus to teen parents in Washington State
Help Me Grow Washington recently received word that it will be participating in a new four-year federal grant, “Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers and Families.”
The grant will focus on four Washington counties with the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state. It will concentrate on the local Hispanic population, where the majority of teen pregnancies in the state occur.
HMG Washington will serve as an evidence-based program providing culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach, developmental screening services and connections to local resources and state benefit programs targeting teen parents in the region.
This service is essential because children of teen parents are more likely to experience developmental delays and many teen parents are less comfortable accurately gauging their child’s developmental progress. (Read more about challenges associated with pregnant and parenting teens and their children.)
HMG Washington services will increase the number of children with delays that are detected early and will also provide connections to care and to supportive services like Basic Food, low cost health insurance and parent support.
Congratulations to HMG Washington on the grant and on the excellent work you do for children and families in your state We look forward to hearing more!
November 8, 2013
Help Me Grow National Featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review
HMG Natioanl highlighted as part of new trend in hospital-community engagement
As the changes in health care law and marketplace unfold, hospitals have an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs.
In the Fall 2013 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, author M. Laurie Cammisa highlights examples of hospitals seeing themselves as "innovators, conveners, partners and providers that promote public health."
Cammisa writes, "For example, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Office for Community Child Health has created an infrastructure to support innovations like the Help Me Grow National Center."
Read more about the new role for hospitals as part of a health care ecosystem and about HMG National's place in that ecosystem.
October 21, 2013
Help Me Grow Alameda County Phone Line Turns 4!
October 5 marked the four-year anniversary of HMG Alameda County's toll-free phone line to support families and providers with child development information and referrals. Through the phone line, they have provided support to 3,569 children and their families in Alameda County.
Also in October, HMG Alameda welcomed its first group of volunteers. This generous group will be giving their time to help Alameda County kids and families receive the resources they need.
Congratulations to HMG Alameda! We are so proud to have you in the HMG network!
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Dr. Dworkin TEDx Talk on HMG, Promoting Children's Health Development