Activities to support Healthy Steps for young children

Started in 1996, the Healthy Steps program developed an enhanced model of pediatric care that incorporated parent training and child development specialists into well-baby care. The approach created a team of physicians, nurses, and child development professionals to work with parents to capitalize on teachable moments to promote cognitive, emotional, and behavioral development in children. The program now has over 24 pediatric/family physician practices and health systems implementing this model of pediatric care, with regular requests from other practices to participate. Results from the national evaluation have documented a range of improved child and parent outcomes (i.e., more immunizations, more timely well-baby care, more parent satisfaction) for Healthy Steps families. This grant provides support to institutionalize the training and technical assistance necessary to further expand and diffuse the Healthy Steps model, and will assist in the establishment of a long-term institutional home for Healthy Steps program supports and materials. Deliverables include continuing discussions with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Family Medicine to make the case management component a reimbursable service, augmenting existing office-based nurses' skills to include a child development background, and developing a communications and marketing plan to advise parents and the public. The Healthy Steps program has already been a proven success, and there is some evidence to suggest that it is cost-effective.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $300,000.00

Awarded on: 7/28/2003

Time frame: 8/1/2003 - 12/31/2005

Grant Number: 48519


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