When Collective Impact Has an Impact
A new report on collective impact from ORS Impact and the Spark Policy Institute addresses the question, to what extent and under what conditions does the collective impact approach contribute to systems and population changes?

Cutting Through the Complexity: A Roadmap for Effective Collaboration
A new article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review acknowledges the hard fact that collaborations and networks rarely achieve their ambitious goals, and outlines what it takes to make them actually work.

Explore NPPC’s New ACEs Screening Resources Website
Join the Center for Youth Wellness’ National Pediatric Practice Community on ACEs (NPPC) on Wednesday, April 25 at 3:00 PM EST for a Q&A session and a “sneak peek” of its new member website, which provides a wide range of resources to help pediatric practices make the case and implement screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The website supports Center for Youth Wellness’ efforts to grow a national, co-designed peer group of pediatric-serving medical practitioners interested in ACEs screening and in expanding knowledge, building capacity, accessing resources and shaping the field of ACEs research and trauma-informed care. NPPC’s goal is to support pediatric medical providers in making ACEs screening and intervention part of their routine clinical practice. Register now.

Join ZERO TO THREE’s 2018 Strolling Thunder
ZERO TO THREE is bringing babies and families from all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, to Washington, DC for the second annual Strolling Thunder™ on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Families will descend on our nation’s capital to meet their Members of Congress and share what babies and families need to thrive. Submit your interest to participate here.

Losses in Rural Maternity Care Lead to Childbirth Risks
The past decade has been marked by a decline in maternity care access, as hospitals and obstetric units across rural America shutter their doors. A new study from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and funded by HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, examines how birth outcomes change after losing obstetric services.

Research Shows the Need for Continued Federal Leadership on School Discipline
A new blog post from Child Trends discusses a White House proposal to review whether to rescind current federal guidance that clarifies schools’ legal obligations to avoid race-based discrimination in school discipline, despite federal data having have long shown that children of color experience disproportionately high rates of suspension which lead to harmful outcomes.

State Policies for Assessing Access: Analysis of 2016–2018 Child Care Development Plans
A new report from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative examines how states and territories are addressing, or plan to address, new requirements and goals of the Child Care and Development Fund reauthorization law related to accessing high-quality early care and education services. The report reviews state policies related to access, as well as data used to measure progress toward expanded access.

2018 County Health Rankings Now Available
The new Key Findings Report from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps shows that meaningful health gaps persist not only by place but also by race.
New and updated data are included for all measures, including:

  • Updated data on the Leading Causes of Death
  • Easy-to-find demographic breakdowns for selected measures, including children in poverty
  • New trend graphs for our uninsured measures

Enhanced state reports with a focus on health equity highlight how disparities exist within your state by both place and race, and what it means for where you live.

Ensuring Health Care Access Through Parent Mentors
A new blog post from Advancing Kids describes how recent federal reauthorization of CHIP provides grant funding for organizations that use parent mentors, based on an intervention developed in part by chief research officer and the director of the Health Services Research Institute for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

National Care Coordination Forum

Join the Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination on May 3 for the 3rd Annual Care Coordination Forum, a convening of professionals working with children and families to organize coordinators from all sectors in an effort to provide an effective and comprehensive care coordination system. This year’s theme, It Starts with You: Redefining Your Role in Change Through Story, Substance, and Strategy, will promote a collective voice and leverage collective expertise by learning how to tell stories to transform the way in which professional support children and families.

Connecticut Children’s Program Finalist for Innovation Award
Connecticut Children’s Advancing Kids Innovation Program (AKIP) is a finalist for the Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards in the corporate/institutional category. Annually, these awards identify, recognize, and celebrate Connecticut’s leading entrepreneurs, ventures, and ecosystem supporters. AKIP collaborates with individuals and organizations to establish a pipeline of social innovations that focus on the health of children and strengthen families. Cast your vote for AKIP.

For news and resources on capacity building opportunities such as funding, trainings, events, webinars, and more, log on to the HMG National Center’s new Funding & Capacity Building Opportunities web page. New opportunities posted daily to advance your efforts to build capacity and bolster your early childhood system building and HMG implementation work.



Get on the same page as Dr. Dworkin and see the news and stories that are inspiring him each month. In this month’s post, How Do We Decide What Works to Strengthen Child Health Services? In it, Dr. Dworkin reflects on a recent article in the December issue of the journal, Pediatrics, entitled “Primary Care Interventions for Early Childhood Development: A Systemic Review”, which summarizes evidence from the last two decades regarding the impact of primary care-based interventions on parenting behaviors and child development outcomes.
“How does this limited progress over 5 decades and the scientific insights of more recent years inform our approach to strengthening child health services to promote children’s optimal healthy development? We must view interventions not in isolation, but rather in the context of their being embedded in comprehensive early childhood systems.”



A study published in the Disability and Health Journal evaluated data from the 2007/2008 and 2011/2012 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) to assess rates of developmental monitoring (DM) and development screening (DS) both alone and in combination, and to compare early intervention (EI) receipt among those groups. Findings indicated that, among other trends, the proportion of children receiving neither DM or DS is decreasing (from 39% to 33%), and that the greatest odds of EI receipt are observed in children receiving both DM and DS. Thus, authors conclude that “results of this study indicate that the receipt of DM and DS in tandem may identify more children with developmental delays and disabilities who need EI than do either DM or DS separately”. This supports AAP recommendations that child health care providers leverage both periodic developmental monitoring and developmental screening to support early identification.



Help Me Grow National Forum 
The 9th Annual HMG National Forum commences next Wednesday, April 4-6 in Seattle, Washington. With record-breaking registration of HMG affiliates and partners from across the country, the 2018 Forum will feature three days of content delivered through affiliate-driven breakout sessions, Washington host sessions and plenary speakers, networking events, and a keynote address by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness and author of The Deepest Well.

Nothing About Families Without Families Slides and Recording Available
Access slides and recording for the March 6 webinar, Nothing About Families Without Families: Effective Strategies for Diverse Family Leadership and Engagement, presented by HMG affiliates from Vermont and New Jersey.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! and Help Me Grow: A Public-Private Partnership Slides and Recording Available
Access slides and recording for the March 22 webinar, Help Me Grow & Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! A Public-Private Partnership to Advance Developmental Promotion, Surveillance, Screening and Linkage to Services for All Children, presented by the HMG National Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and The David & Lucille Packard Foundation.



Connecticut Supports Local Efforts to Implement a Systems-based Approach to Obesity Prevention
The Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health was awarded a two-year grant from Kohl’s to address one of the findings identified in the hospital’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment: the need to decrease the prevalence and comorbidity of childhood obesity. As childhood obesity is a complex and multi-dimensional disorder, the Kohl’s Start Childhood Off Right (SCOR) initiative will take a broad and systems-based approach to prevention with a multi-faceted community-wide initiative, in which the Centralized Access Point of HMG Connecticut, Child Development Infoline, will support both the referral and linkage of children and families to local resources including home visiting services, healthy food access programs, lactation consulting, nutrition education and cooking skills, and parental supports, as well as data collection and reporting on the number of engaged families and successful linkages made to these services.



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