February 2020
Policy Brief: The Family First Prevention Services Act
The Family First Prevention Services Act represents one of the most significant pieces of legislation affecting public child welfare and other child-serving systems in over 40 years. Among its many provisions, Family First allows child welfare systems to access federal funding to support  prevention  of out-of-home placement using evidence-based treatments, as opposed to providing funding of services for children who have already been removed from their homes.

This policy brief --co-authored by Allison Blake of the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut and CHDI’s Jeffrey Vanderploeg--explores how  Connecticut can maximize the opportunities in Family First to strengthen families and provide access to prevention services for a broader population.  
Educating Practices Catalog Features 21 Free Trainings for Primary Care Providers
Educating Practices released a new catalog of 21 free trainings on a range of topics to help pediatric practices, school-based health centers, and primary care child health sites across the state better meet the needs of children.

The trainings connect Connecticut providers to existing state and community resources and include up-to-date clinical information, helpful resources, and office tools. The presentations are brief (less than an hour), in-office, include breakfast or lunch, and provide an opportunity for whole practice team engagement. All presentations carry CME credit, and several have associated MOC activities to help providers meet Part 4 requirements. Learn more .
Lisa Honigfeld Discusses Her Views about Pediatric Health Care with World Congress
CHDI's Vice President for Health Initiatives, Lisa Honigfeld shared her thoughts on pediatric health care in an interview for the 17th Annual World Health Care Congress.

"Change happens. It may be slow, but the delivery of health care is dynamic, with many opportunities to test new ways of addressing old problems," said Honigfeld.

Areas of opportunity identified by Honigfeld include ensuring healthier beginnings for children and investing in health promotion to reduce the cost of chronic illness management over the life span. Click here to read the full interview.
Trauma-Informed Care Approach: Four Key Elements
CHDI's Jamie LoCurto and Jason Lang authored an article about trauma-informed care with Ashley-Simons Rudolph for Community Psychology, the website of the Society for Community Research and Action - Division 27 of the American Psychological Association.

The article, "What is Trauma-Informed Care: An Example" demonstrates how the four key elements of a trauma-informed system were put into practice in a school setting with integrated community-level resources. Schools are increasingly becoming important locations to deliver trauma-informed care. Learn more about CHDI's work to support trauma-informed care in Connecticut.
Staff News
Jessica Mahon Joins CHDI as a Project Coordinator
Jessica Mahon joined CHDI this month as a Project Coordinator. In this position she will coordinate trainings and quality assurance activities for children's behavioral health evidence-based treatment initiatives including MATCH – Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems, and TF-CBT – Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Prior to joining CHDI, Jessica managed the statewide Voices for Healthy Kids Campaign, which addressed improving policies and supporting legislation around childhood health and healthy environments. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion Studies with a concentration in Community Health from Western Connecticut State University.
Join the Team: CHDI is Hiring!
CHDI is looking to expand our team. We are seeking candidates with the education, experience, and dedication to contribute to effective policies, systems, and practices that improve children's health and well-being. 

CHDI is currently hiring for the following positions: 

CHDI is committed to providing equal access to our employment environment and ensures that all employment-related decisions are in accord with the principles of equal opportunity.
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