New IMPACT Report and Video on Helping Young Children Exposed to Trauma

CHDI's latest IMPACT report, "Helping Young Children Exposed to Trauma: A Systems Approach to Implementing Trauma-Informed Care," provides a summary of the research on the effects of early trauma exposure, discusses what Connecticut is doing across systems to support young children who have experienced trauma, and outlines a framework to expand Connecticut's robust system of trauma-informed care 
for  older children to include younger children.

Click here to read the executive summary and the full report. 
In this brief video, IMPACT report authors Jason Lang, Kellie Randall, and Alysse Loomis discuss the effects of trauma in young children and how Connecticut is working to address early childhood trauma at a systems level.     

New Issue Brief Highlights How Elementary Schools in CT are Using Bounce Back to Help Students Recover from Trauma
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Exposure to trauma can have a profound impact on school functioning. Recognizing this, schools are doing more to help children recover from traumatic stress.

This Issue Brief, " Helping Students Recover from Trauma: Connecticut Elementary Schools are Finding Success Using Bounce Back ,"  reviews how Connecticut elementary schools are using Bounce Back to help children who are exposed to trauma. It also includes recommendations for school administrators and policymakers to expand access to Bounce Back and other school mental health supports.

Bounce Back is a brief, trauma-focused group intervention for elementary school-aged children. The evidence-based model was adapted from Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). Both models are available at  no cost to schools  in Connecticut through a statewide initiative  funded by the Connecticut Department of Children 
and Families.
Webinar Series: Transforming Pediatrics to Support Population Health

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In 2018 CHDI and the Connecticut Health Foundation (CHF) convened a study group to consider payment methods that could transform pediatric primary care to better promote lifelong health and well-being and overall population health. The study group's recommendations are included in the report Transforming Pediatrics to Support Population Health: Recommendations for Practice Changes and How to Pay for Them published in February 2019. 

This month, CHDI, with funding from the Children's Fund of Connecticut and CHF, kicked off a series of three  webinar s connecting child health policy supporters and advocates for information sharing and problem solving in an effort to advance the report's recommendations.

June 18th | 1:00PM-2:00PM ET
Webinar 1: Outcome Measures
What are the appropriate outcome measures to motivate the transformation of pediatric primary care and monitor its impact? Featured presenters included David Keller, M.D., Colorado Children's Hospital and Kelly Kelleher, M.D., Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

July 18th 2019 | 2:00PM-3:00PM ET
Webinar 2: Cross-Sector Collaborations
Health care is but one system that influences healthy development. Initiatives that harness the power of collaborations across other sectors that contribute to children's health and well-being will be the focus of this webinar. Featured presenters include Paul Dworkin, M.D., Connecticut Children's Medical Center; Colleen Murphy, National Institute for Children's Health Quality and representatives of the Chelsea Early Childhood Coalition; and Dennis Kuo, M.D., Help Me Grow Western New York.

August 8th | 1:00PM-2:00PM ET
Webinar 3: Approaches to Pediatric Primary Care Payment Reform
The third webinar will explore payment innovations designed to create the incentives and financial support to transform pediatric primary care, forge effective cross-sector collaborations, and achieve individual, family and population health outcomes. Featured presenters include Mark Schaefer, PhD, Connecticut Office of Health Strategy and Suzanne Brundage, United Hospital Fund of New York.

For more information or to register for the webinars, contact Lisa Honigfeld at

Support and funding for this work comes from the Children's Fund of Connecticut and the Connecticut Health Foundation.
Conference Celebrates 10 Years of SBDI and Provides Strategies for Addressing Students' Trauma and Mental Health Needs
Jeana Bracey (CHDI), Tim Marshall (DCF), Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes (DCF), Jeff Vanderploeg (CHDI), Charlene Russell-Tucker (SDE) and Cathy Foley-Geib (CSSD) 
On June 6, the statewide "Healthy Students Thriving Schools Conference" brought together school administrators, mental health clinicians, and other stakeholders to celebrate 10 years of the successful School-Based Diversion Initiative and discuss strategies for sustaining and building on the work of SBDI and other trauma-informed school mental health initiatives.

The conference featured a keynote address by nationally recognized school mental health expert Dr. Elizabeth Connors, as well as breakout sessions on restorative practices, cognitive behavior therapy, traumatic stress, and school mental health. CHDI's President & CEO, Jeff Vanderploeg welcomed attendees and provided an overview of SBDI. DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes and Chief Operating Officer of SDE, Charlene Russell-Tucker provided the attendees with some words of encouragement and thanks for their work with school mental health and diversion efforts. 

The  School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) has successfully helped 48 schools across 17 school districts in Connecticut reduce school-based arrests while connecting these at-risk students to behavioral health services. Over the past 10 years, SBDI schools have reduced court referrals by 34% and connected 47% more students to behavioral health services (calls to 2-1-1 Connecticut's Mobile Crisis Intervention Services). The initiative is currently funded by three state agencies and CHDI serves as the SBDI Coordinating Center.

Click here to view photos from the conference. 

Support and funding for this work and conference comes from the CT State Department of Education, the Department of Children and Families, the Judicial Branch's Court Support Services Division, and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
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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