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Educating Practices


IMPORTANT NEWS: The Educating Practices program has transitioned to Connecticut Children’s. 
The new contact for Educating Practices at Connecticut Children's is Sarina Bosco (sbosco@connecticutchildrens.org).


CHDI developed the Educating Practices program (formerly EPIC) to improve the content and delivery of child health services by assisting providers in implementing practice changes that are supported by community and State resources. 

Since its inception in 2003, CHDI provided 1,100 Educating Practices trainings and helped hundreds of Connecticut’s pediatric practices improve the quality of their care and expand the scope of their services, which has in turn improved the quality of care received by thousands of children in Connecticut

After Educating Practices trainings, more than 90 percent of practices said: 

  • The training was useful
  • They have enough information to implement change
  • They will change their practice

In 2020, CHDI offered 23 training topics including: domestic violence, behavioral health screening, postpartum depression and anxiety, suicide prevention, obesity prevention, autism, oral health, lead screening, trauma, care coordination, and more. 

Educating Practices trainings were designed by CHDI using an academic detailing model to be brief, free and offered in the comfort of the provider’s office over lunch or another convenient time. The approach included the entire office team and focused on practice-based change made possible by state and local resources and policies. During the pandemic, CHDI offered trainings virtually. 

Recently, the Educating Practices program transitioned from CHDI to Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Connecticut Children's has been a long-time partner in developing Educating Practices modules and they are well positioned to continue, improve, and expand the Educating Practices program. 

The new contact for Educating Practices at Connecticut Children's is Sarina Bosco at  sbosco@connecticutchildrens.org

If you have questions about the Educating Practices transition, please contact Jeff Vanderploeg at jvanderploeg@uchc.edu