Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute

The Hassenfeld Institute

Making a positive impact on the lives of children and their families in Rhode Island and beyond

Founded in 2016 with a generous donation from the family of Alan Hassenfeld, the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute aims to make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families in Rhode Island and beyond. The Institute's work is centered around family mental health and related community-level drivers such as food insecurity and community violence.

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Made stronger by its deep and far-reaching collaborations, the Hassenfeld Institute partners with key community-based agencies throughout Rhode Island to ensure that families’ voices and needs are at the forefront of our work.  We develop innovative and culturally appropriate public health interventions and social services for the prevention and treatment of children’s and families’ health concerns.

“ The Hassenfeld Institute has a simple yet transformational goal: to eliminate health inequities in pregnancy and childhood for Rhode Island families by 2032. ”

Michael Silverstein Director of the Hassenfeld Institute
The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute at Brown University is partnering with the Central Falls School Department, Progresso Latino, and new awardee Project GOAL on pilot projects testing ways to tackle health and learning disparities in Central Falls.
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Hassenfeld Institute Next Steps

With the generous support of the Hassenfeld family, we have been able to recruit Michael Silverstein, MD, MPH to join the leadership of the Institute.
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