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 >>
Welcome Help Me Grow California-San Francisco!
California expands Help Me Grow system
On behalf of the National Center, we welcome HMG San Francisco to the Help Me Grow National Network! This initiative is being developed through Support for Families with the goal of linking all services for children ages birth to five in San Francisco at risk for developmental delays. We are delighted to learn of San Francisco's affiliate status in California and look forward to working with you to bring Help Me Grow to the children and families of San Francisco.
March 11, 2014
Help Me Grow Western New York Receives Implementation Grant
Affiliate to focus on launching call center
The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York recently approved just over $450,000 to support implementation of HMG WNY for the next 15 months. I
n 2013, with support from Niagara University and local businessman Jeffrey Dann, HMG WNY deeply explored the rationale for launching HMG as a viable and needed strategy to improve the lives of young children and families in Western New York.
HMG WNY will now begin a soft launch in which use of the call center, development of the data infrastructure, and professional/QI development will be phased in over the coming year.
“We are very committed to helping HMG WNY reach its full potential and setting the stage for spreading across NY,” says Amber Slichta, Vice President of HFWCNY.
A hearty congratulations to Help Me Grow Western New York!
March 12, 2014
Help Me Grow South Carolina Included in MIEC Home Visiting Expansion Grant
The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded South Carolina-MIEC Home Visiting a $14.4 million grant to expand home visiting services and early childhood system initiatives. Help Me Grow South Carolina is embedded in the grant. The substantial funding will support HMG SC’s expansion to Charleston and two surrounding counties over the next three years. In the words of Program Manager Jane Witowski, “We are on a roll!”
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Dr. Dworkin TEDx Talk on HMG, Promoting Children's Health Development