Conner Krattiger

Position title: Child Life Specialist at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital. Springfield, IL.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Email: ckrattiger@wisc.edu

Address:
Springfield, Illinois

“I was looking for a program that would advance my abilities to advocate for the pediatric patients I currently work for. I am hoping to combine my frontline experience with clients and knowledge in learning analytic methods to tackle projects improving equitable outcomes for the populations I serve.”

EMPOWERING CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING AND ADVOCATING FOR THEIR FUTURE

Conner currently works as a Child Life Specialist for HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. In this role, he assesses and advocates for the needs of pediatric patients and uses age-appropriate teaching to help them cope with the unique challenges of hospitalization. Conner supports the patients by providing procedural preparation, assistance during medical procedures, and ensuring support for siblings and caregivers. His professional background is in child welfare and mental health rehabilitation, with previous work experience as a Child Welfare Case Manager for the Florida Department of Children and Families and as a Rehabilitation Specialist for the Florida Department of Education – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Conner earned his BS in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2020.

HARNESSING DATA FOR POSITIVE CHILD LIFE OUTCOMES

As a Child Life Specialist, Conner is passionate about supporting children during challenging times. He aims to create a child-centered approach to care that accounts for the unique needs and developmental stages of each child. Within each encounter, Conner leans into his perceptiveness to ensure that children feel heard, validated, and ultimately protected. What he loves most about what he does is witnessing his client’s positive progression toward their health and educational goals and celebrating the small wins along the journey with them. Moving forward, Conner hopes to use data to promote equitable outcomes in both healthcare and education.