What is the Stamford Children’s Health Collaborative?
The Stamford Children’s Health Collaborative was started in 2004 by Madhu Mathur, MD, Obesity Medicine Pediatrician. Originally named The Childhood Obesity Prevention and Intervention Task Force, it was initially formed as a citywide collaborative effort to educate the community about ways to combat obesity using the 5-2-1-0 daily health message.
In 2016, the name was changed to the Stamford Children’s Health Collaborative in an effort to broaden its scope beyond obesity prevention and redefine childhood health to include physical and social-emotional well-being as well as nutrition and exercise.
Under the leadership of Chair Dr. Deborah Pinto, the Collaborative remains committed to networking and sharing information about programs and services that benefit the health of children in the community. The group meets four times annually and consists of local organizations who come together to raise awareness and collaborate on youth-focused healthcare goals and initiatives.
Chair of Stamford Children’s Health Collaborative
Assistant Program Director, The Stamford Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Program in Family Medicine
Stamford Children’s Health Collaborative Branches
The 3-branches of the Stamford Children’s Health Collaborative:
- Physical Activity
- Socio-Emotional Health
- Stamford Food Collaborative, a Guide to Accessing Food in Stamford (Spanish Version): The guide lists food pantries and congregate meal sites, including names and contact information. List includes days and times of operation and qualifications necessary to receive these services.
- 211 Helpline: Whether you need help finding child care, food stamps, care for an aging parent or a haven from domestic violence, 2-1-1 is the number to call when you don't know who to call. Trained HELPLINE specialists are good listeners, blending understanding and expertise to provide information and referrals drawn from a comprehensive database of social services.
- Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Resource for health professionals and policymakers as they design and implement physical activity programs, policies, and promotion initiatives and provides information to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
- Visit Stamford Public School District Chartwells Food Services page for FAQ's about registering for free and reduced price meals: https://www.stamfordpublicschools.org/district/chartwells-dining-services
- Food Insecurity Screening Algorithm for Pediatric Patients
Stamford Children’s Health Collaborative Meetings
Currently, all upcoming meetings are remote via Microsoft Teams. Meetings run from 12-1 pm.
- Thursday, March 3, 2022
- Thursday, June 2, 2022
- Thursday, September 8, 2022
- Thursday, December 1, 2022