The Help Me Grow Blog

The Help Me Grow Blog

by Paul Dworkin, M.D.
Founder, Help Me Grow;
Executive Vice-President, Community Child Health Director,
Office for Community Child Health, CCMC


Jan 23, 2017
U.S. Depts. of Education and Health Call Out Help Me Grow® System Model

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Dec 19, 2016
Toxic Stress Initiative Highlighted at Zero to Three Conference

The Help Me Grow® National Center highlighted its initiative to enhance the capacity of pediatric primary care providers to mitigate the impact of toxic stress at the 2016 Zero to Three conference. Our poster provided a ...
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Aug 24, 2016
An Auspicious Convergence of Roles

 I am honored to recently be elected chair of the board of directors of the ...
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Aug 04, 2016
Serving All Families and All Family Members by Engaging Fathers

Guest post by Von Jessee, M.A.
Program Specialist for Research and Evaluation
Help Me Grow National ...
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Jul 01, 2016
What Is Help Me Grow Doing at The World Infant Mental Health Congress?

I wrestled with this exact question in the weeks leading up to the congress for three extremely good reasons.

First, the congress started two days after the Help Me Grow< ...
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May 20, 2016
Creating Gains, Relieving Pains, and Providing Support: The Value of Help Me Grow Affiliation & The National Forum

Guest Post by Sara Sibley, BS
Program Manager 


For me, Spring not only signals the end of cold winters and imminent warm weather. Spring is also Read more>>

May 03, 2016
Who Makes the Link — And How? Defining the Critical Role of the HMG Care Coordinator

Guest Post by Erin Cornell, MPH
Program Manager for Research, Innovation & Evalution


Care coordination is a longstanding element of the Help Me ...
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Apr 14, 2016
Fidelity to the Model: Why the Help Me Grow Core Components & Structural Requirements Matter

Guest post by Von Jessee, M.A.
Program Specialist for Research and Evaluation
Help Me Grow National Center

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Apr 05, 2016
A Visit to the CDC aka the Centers for Disease Control and... Promotion?

On March 15, I was honored to participate in Public Health Grand Rounds (PHGR), a monthly activity of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


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Feb 19, 2016
“Feeling the Bern” in Child Health Services

This political season, one cannot help but be impressed by the widely divergent and perhaps exaggerated views expressed by presidential candidates. As both Democratic and Republican candidates attempt to disti ...
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Jan 29, 2016
Validation — Or Empty Victory?

We were excited to receive notification of a five-year federal program called the&nbs ...
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Dec 18, 2015
All Measures Matter

Debating Long Term vs. Proximate Measures to
Evaluate Help Me Grow

I recently returned from Atlanta, where I took part in  meetings exploring Help Me Grow replication ...
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Oct 23, 2015
Mission and Synergy

Take a look at the top of our website. You’ll see that the Help Me Grow National Center has a new tagline:

Advancing Developmental Promotion, Early Detection & Linkage to Services

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Sep 16, 2015
Announcing Our New Executive Director

I am extremely pleased to share the results of our national search to fill this new leadership position at the Help Me Grow National Center. Please join me in welcoming Kimberly Martini-Carvell, MA, ...
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Aug 24, 2015
Are We Asking the Proper Question?

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recently released a draft of a report, Read more>>

Jul 07, 2015
5 Keys to Spreading, Scaling, and Sustaining Innovation for Vulnerable Children: 
The Help Me Grow Case Study

In June, I was invited to participate in a WK Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) Think Tank entitled, “Realizing Our Vision: Healthy Birth Outcomes.” Patrick Simpson, who was recently appointed as director of programming for WKKF&rsqu ...
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Apr 07, 2015
Help Me Grow Replication Is A Nonpartisan Issue

We have learned many lessons as we’ve advocated for Help Me Grow replication across the country. Chief among them is this: 

The mission of Help Me Grow does not fall exclusively within either the liberal or c ...
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Feb 17, 2015
Transforming Early Detection & Intervention with CQI

I am privileged to serve as faculty for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN). The Network ...
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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 ...
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Dec 08, 2014
Myths and Measures: The Importance of Getting It Right

The danger of asking the wrong questions and adopting the wrong outcome measures is an important consideration in our efforts to evaluate the efficacy of Help Me Grow. Our crucial task is to assure that we ask the right questions ...
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Nov 07, 2014
A Hopeful Harbinger of Sustainability

Throughout our work to support affiliates in their Help Me Grow replication efforts, no issue has been more prominent or challenging than long-term sustainability.

One of the more secure forms of Help Me Grow susta ...
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Sep 22, 2014
The Power of Town & Gown

 A New Avenue for Collaboration in Early Childhood System Building

This past year, the College of Education of Niagara University in Western New York became the first hi ...
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Jul 29, 2014
The Voice of the Family

Family Engagement Is More than Just Engaging Families

Two recent articles from the Business Day section of the New York Times attracted my attention. The first...

The first, ...
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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. &n ...
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Feb 21, 2014
Reframing the Mental Health Issue

In a January 2014 New York Times op-ed column, Nicholas Kristof invited readers to suggest topics that des ...
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Jan 02, 2014
From Diapers to Denim: Past, Present & Future Directions for the Help Me Grow National Center

Guest Post by Richard A. Sussman, Ph.D.
Director, Brighter Futures Initiative
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

(Adapted from October 2013 presentation at the Help Me Grow Eastern Region Peer to ...
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Oct 14, 2013
Tackling the Tough Issues

The Institute for Child Success, a strong and committed partner of our Help Me Grow South Carolina affiliate, recently convened its first statewide meeting — the South Carolina Early Childhood Research Symposium.

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Sep 03, 2013
Help Me Grow Goes to the White House

In mid-August, while enjoying the beach, dining, and the usual vacation amenities with my family in Charleston, S.C., I received an unexpected invitation from the White House to attend a special forum, 50 Years Forward: Building Ladde ...
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Jul 08, 2013
Expanding Our Vision for Children’s Health Care Reform

The holy grail of health care reform is achieving the so-called “triple aim” of improved health care quality, gains in population health, and reductions in per capita health care costs.

Given the current statu ...
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May 20, 2013
Reducing the Burden of Adversity

In sharing the Help Me Grow story with diverse audiences, we always acknowledge the influence of the explosion in knowledge of early brain and child development during the 1990s, the so-called “Decade of the Brain.”
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Mar 26, 2013
Informing the National Discourse

On March 5, 2013, Joanna Bogin and I had the honor of representing the Help Me Grow National Center when federal officials came together with community leaders in Washington, D.C., at a meeting hosted by the Center for the Study o ...
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Feb 26, 2013
Home Visiting and Help Me Grow: More Than A Marriage of Convenience

My introduction to home visiting dates back to 1988, while on sabbatical leave in Oxford, England with my family.

My wife and I dutifully visited the local general practitioner to register for care. We were somewhat bemus ...
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Jan 11, 2013
The Soul of Help Me Grow

 I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue to share blog posts with you on our new website. We are hopeful that the design and content will enable us to share the evolving story of Help Me Grow even more effectively. ...
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Dec 01, 2012
Reframing the Early Detection and Early Intervention Pathway

Since its inception in 1998, a fundamental premise of Help Me Grow is that developmental surveillance and screening, with early detection of at-risk children and their referral to community resources, enhances the capacity of the ...
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Nov 26, 2012
A New Strategy for Growth

I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce a new feature on the Help Me Grow National website — a periodic (hopefully, monthly) blog in issues relevant to our efforts to promote the early detection of at-risk children an ...
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