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
Apr 28, 2014
Moving toward Cultural Competence
During a 2013 Help Me Grow National site visit to Minnesota, one of our newest affiliate states, I gave a presentation to a large audience in St. Paul. Following my talk, I invited questions and comments from the audience.
Saciido Shaie, who identified herself as an immigrant from Somalia, spoke about her difficulties in finding culturally appropriate or acceptable community-based programs and services. Saciido shared the poignant example of how she, as a Muslim woman, can't use public gyms, pools, or programs; nor can she use private Read More >>
June 11, 2014
Help Me Grow Florida!
Help Me Grow Florida receives $2 million for statewide expansion
In the just-completed 2014-2015 session, the Florida Legislature passed and Governor Rick Scott signed into action a $2 million allocation through the Office of Early Learning to support statewide expansion of Help Me Grow Florida.
During this initial year, HMG Florida will issue an RFP for up to five additional 2-1-1 regions and their service partners to receive funding and technical assistance.
Funds are non-recurring and must be spent this fiscal year. However, if HMG Florida successfully implements its plan over the next 6-8 months, legislators may allocate recurring funding through the next legislative session to sustain and grow the program to all 16 of the 2-1-1 regions covering Florida’s 67 counties.
An inaugural statewide HMG office has been established in the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council in Tallahassee. A statewide program coordinator will be recruited by the HMG Florida steering committee whose members championed the campaign to achieve this inter-departmental, interdisciplinary and inter-county milestone of hope and support for all of Florida’s children and families.
Congratulations, HMG Florida. We are thrilled by your success!
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