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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

Jan 06, 2015

Help Me Grow, Health Equity, and Young Children

Susan Hibbard, executive director of the BUILD Initiative, recently invited me to participate in a session on Health Equity at the October annual conference of Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families (GCYF) in Detroit.   

Maxine Hayes, a pediatrician and former Washington State Health Officer, opened the session with a compelling overview of how research affirms the critical importance of the first years of life. She also cited Read More >>

December 23, 2014

HMG Hillsborough (FL) & Family Outreach

Help Me Grow Hillsborough in central Florida inpsires with family outreach efforts. 

We recently received word of HMG Hillsborough's innovative, committed work in reaching families and promoting developmental screening and surveillance. Here are three examples.

ASQ at the Birthday Club. HMG Hillsborough signs families up for the Birthday Club at Layla's House, an early childhood community learning center in Tampa. Part of the registration for the Birthday Club is the completion of an ASQ. Then, the month of the child’s birthday, families are invited back to a party at Layla's House and the parent can “shop” from HMG Hillsborough's Birthday Club closet and gift their child a present that they choose. 

Books, Blocks, & Balls. Inspired by HMG Utah's BBB events, HMG Hillsborough invites families to Books, Blocks, and Balls for re-screenings, usually after the Birthday Club registration ASQ. BBBs are also held at Layla's House.

Museum partnership. Building off of work of HMG Orange County and Pretend CityHMG Hillsborough coordinates developmental checkups for kids ages 3 and under with Glazer Childrens Museum, Champions for Children and Baby Bungalow. Champions for Children professionals review and discuss children's development with parents on the second Tuesday of the month. 

Congratulations HMG Hillsborough on such great work! HMG Hillsborough is housed within the Children's Board of Hillsborough County

  

January 6, 2015

Help Me Grow Utah Goes Statewide!

A major milestone is reached

We could not be prouder to share the news that after much work and many years, Help Me Grow Utah able to support families across the state. 

"Each and every parent waits in great and nervous anticipation for their children’s milestone moments," writes community liaison Julie Miller. "Crawling, first steps, off to school and—finally—launching them from home. After almost five years of existence, Help Me Grow has reached some of its own milestone moments—many of them under the carefully guided hand of Utah County leaders, who possessed great foresight."

Read more about this wonderful news

 

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