October 2019
Issue Brief Provides Tools to Measure Trauma-Informed Care
CHDI's latest Issue Brief, " Are We Trauma-Informed: Tools to Measure Progress in a Program, School, or Organization ,"  reviews 49 surveys (or measures) of trauma-informed approaches and identifies promising tools that can be used by programs, organizations, and broader service systems to help evaluate how they are supporting the health of children affected by trauma.
Prioritizing Child Well-Being and Workforce Development
Connecticut Mirror Viewpoints article by  Connecticut Children's Paul H. Dworkin, M.D. and CHDI's Lisa Honigfeld, Ph.D. urges state leaders to prioritize children’s well-being as a key workforce development strategy. The article identifies the Health Enhancement Community initiative as a timely opportunity in this area, given its goals for improving community health, child well-being, and health equity. Read the full article here .
Grant Funded Projects Will Test Ways Pediatric Primary Care Can Contribute to Population Health
CHDI awarded funding to two pediatric primary care projects designed to inform Connecticut’s move to bundled, v al u e - b a s e d payment . The projects test the feasibility of delivering services in pediatric primary care that could support health promotion and prevention and are not currently paid for by Medicaid and commercial insurance. Funding for these grants includes $50,000 from the Children’s Fund (CHDI's parent organization) and $25,000 from the Connecticut Health Foundation and was the result of a competitive RFP application process administered by CHDI. 

  • Establishing Circle of Security Groups in Pediatric Offices, Rocky Hill Pediatrics, LLC: Under the direction of Kathyrn Litwin, M.D., this project will examine the feasibility of supporting pediatric primary care sites in Rocky Hill, Hartford, Manchester, Waterbury and Enfield in implementing Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P), an evidence-based model of promoting socio-emotional competence among children and caretakers. 

  • Words and More! Southwest Community Health Center, Inc: Under the direction of Dara Richards, M.D., Words and More! will coordinate and expand a variety of evidence-based early literacy programs in Bridgeport including establishing connections with pediatric primary care.
Advancing Student Well-Being in Connecticut
A recent forum on student well-being focused attention on comprehensive strategies to support school mental health . The forum was hosted by the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors and brought together Connecticut's Social Emotional Learning and School Climate Collaborative and the Trauma-Informed School Mental Health Task Force .

For more information, watch the Student Well-Being Forum on CT-N or read Healthy Students and Thriving Schools: A Comprehensive Approach for Addressing Student's Trauma and Mental Health Needs.
CHDI's Dr. Jeana Bracey presents on school mental health best practices and resources at the Student Well-Being Forum.
Ideas and Recommendations from the Trauma-Informed School Mental Health Symposium 2.0
School, behavioral health, community, and research leaders from across Connecticut came together to align work around trauma-informed schools at the Symposium on Trauma-Informed School Mental Health 2.0 on October 23, 2019 at UConn Storrs campus. This was a follow up to a May 2017 symposium and resulted in ideas and recommendations for action in four areas:   prevention through screening, services for intensive needs, sustainability, and collaborations across public-private partnerships. The 2017 and 2019 symposiums were a result of a collaboration between CHDI, UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health, UConn Neag School of Education, Capitol Region Education Council, the State Department of Education, the Ana Grace Project, and Clifford Beers Clinic. Learn more about the symposium and statewide efforts to promote trauma-informed school mental health.
CHDI's Jeana Bracey and DCF's Tim Marshall provide an overview of the Trauma-Informed School Mental Health Task Force.
CHDI's Diana Perry and CREC's Heather Tartaglia facilitated a discussion on enhancing services to meet intensive needs.
CHDI's Jason Lang facilitates a discussion on prevention of behavioral health needs through screening and early identification.
New Guide on Comprehensive School Mental Health
The University of Maryland School of Medicine's National Center for School Mental Health recently released a comprehensive guide on developing and promoting school mental health systems, which included contributions from CHDI. The guide serves as a national resource and is designed to promote positive school climate and safety, strengthen social and emotional learning, and foster mental health and general well-being while reducing the prevalence and severity of mental illness. Click here to download the full guide.
Educating Practices Trainings Reach Alaska
CHDI’s Abby Alter trained physician outreach staff at Help Me Grow Alaska to deliver Educating Practices modules designed to promote early child development, identify children in need of services, and establish linkages for families. The Educating Practices modules, developed at CHDI, will be used by the outreach staff to educate child health providers in Alaska. This work was completed as part of CHDI’s support to the Help Me Grow National Center, a program of the Office for Community Child Health at Connecticut Children’s. CHDI's work to improve developmental screening was also highlighted at the 2019 All Alaska Pediatric Symposium in Anchorage where Alter presented on the critical relationship between child health providers and Help Me Grow .
CHDI's Educating Practices program offers 21 training topics to help child health sites across Connecticut better meet the needs of children. Educating Practices trainings are brief, free and offered in the comfort of the provider’s office over lunch or another convenient time. Click here to learn more about Educating Practices.
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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