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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

Jul 07, 2015

5 Keys to Spreading, Scaling, and Sustaining Innovation for Vulnerable Children: 
The Help Me Grow Case Study

In June, I was invited to participate in a WK Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) Think Tank entitled, “Realizing Our Vision: Healthy Birth Outcomes.” 


Patrick Simpson, who was recently appointed as director of programming for WKKF’s Food, Health & Well-being portfolio, convened the meeting and expanded the focus to “Healthy Births, Healthy Lives.” The Think Tank covered a wid   Read More >>

Op-Ed: Going from Incremental to Transformative Change

Vance Aloupis of The Children's Movement of Florida, a major supporter of Help Me Grow Florida, has published a remarkable op-ed in the Miami Herald, "Hurting the Future of Florida's Kids." He writes, "When the consequences of incremental change are that children — year by year — are entering a public-school system for which they’re not ready, our insistence should be for transformational change." Read more.


Help Me Grow System Featured in BUILD Initiative eBook

We are honored and thrilled that the Help Me Grow system and several Help Me Grow states are included in "Early Learning-Health Connections," the third chapter of the BUILD Initiative eBook series, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. The eBook comes out of the federal EARLY LEARNING CHALLENGE funding initiative and highlights successes and challenges in building early childhood systems.

The chapter calls out HMG's effectiveness as part of a successful, population-based early childhood systems. It also explores HMG's usefulness in promoting universal developmental screening, cross-sector engagement, and coordinated support for families.

California, Delaware, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont are among the Help Me Grow states highlighted in the chapter. The Help Me Grow National Center is extremely proud that the system and the National Network are recognized as a vital tool for building systems that support children and families! Learn more.

HMG E-Notes

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HMG Policy Briefs

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 De-medicalizing childhood developmental and behavioral concerns 

How HMG promotes protective factors

HMG & Medicaid.