Developmental Surveillance: What, Why, and How
A new video from the American Academy of Pediatrics highlights important developmental surveillance steps that clinicians should take during each health supervision visit. Pediatrician Dr. Shelly Flais discusses recommendations, tips, and resources available to pediatricians, clinicians, and families.

Building Community-Based Behavioral Health and Long-Term Care Provider Readiness for Payment Reform
A new brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies examines the competencies necessary for community-based behavioral health and long-term services and supports providers to successfully participate in alternative payment models, discusses the barriers they face, and explores how states, the federal government, and private organizations can increase community-based providers’ readiness to participate in payment reform activities.

Exploring Early Childhood Care and Education Levers to Improve Population Health
A new publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the 2017 Roundtable on Population Health Improvement of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine exploring the intersection of health and early childhood care and education.

A State Multi-Sector Framework for Supporting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Although federal programs are a major source of support for CSHCN and their families, state and local statutes and regulations often determine eligibility criteria and requirements for receiving care. A new report from Child Trends, funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, offers a framework for state agencies and other stakeholders to assess and improve how a state provides care across health, education, justice, and other systems.

New Report Says Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities Should Coordinate Care Across Service Sectors, Focus on Long-Term Goals
While a variety of services and programs exist to support the needs of children with disabilities and their families, a focus on achieving specific near- and long-term goals that help prepare for adulthood and coordination of care within and across service sectors are integral to encouraging healthy growth and development, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

NICHQ Releases Two New Maternal and Infant Health Issue Briefs
Two new issue briefs, co-authored by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ), share key findings on leveraging family engagement and demonstrating economic impact in maternal and child health improvement initiatives.
Aligning Title V, Healthy Start and Families to Increase New Mother Wellness in New Jersey and Lessons in Demonstrating Return on Investment of Statewide Perinatal Health Improvement Initiatives share learnings from the NICHQ-led Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality.

Why Collaborations Fail
“Great collaborations between organizations achieve more than either organization could achieve by itself.” A new article by the Stanford Social Innovation Review asks why, despite such promise, collaborations often fail and suggests that, “Usually, it’s an unaddressed power imbalance.”

Low-Income Latino Families Consider Fewer Options When Searching for Early Child Care
A new brief from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families examines how and why low-income Hispanic families search for early care and education. The brief’s findings suggest a possible mismatch between low-income Hispanic families’ needs and the care arrangements available to them. The research aims to inform approaches that could increase Hispanic families’ access to and awareness of viable early care and education options.

Teachers Speak Out in Mini-Documentary
Defending the Early Years has launched a mini-documentary as part of its series, Teachers Speak Out. This edition highlights how fixation on testing has resulted in educational policies that lead to diminished play and exploration of self for children of color and poor children, and the devastating effects it has on this population of early learners. English and Spanish versions available.

Together for Families National Conference – Call for Presenters
A new national conference, Together for Families: Strong Families, Promising Futures will be held in Cleveland, OH, October 15-17, 2018. Co-hosted by the National Family Support Network, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and the Greater Cleveland Family Strengthening Network, this conference will weave together content related to the field of Family Support, Strengthening Families, and the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support. Submit your proposal by Friday, July 13th at 5:00pm PDT.  

New Federal Opportunities
Join the Aspen Institute on July 12 at 3pm EST for a webinar on promising opportunities emerging from recent legislation and appropriations which will provide significant new funding to state and local governments in 2018 and future years through an array of programs serving children and parents with low incomes.

For more news and resources on capacity building, funding opportunities, training, events, webinars and more, log on to the HMG National Center’s FUNDING & CAPACITY BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES web page.


Dr. Jack Shonkoff Delivers Paul Dworkin Pediatric Chair Lecture
Jack Shonkoff, MD, the founding director of Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child delivered the annual Paul Dworkin Pediatric Chair Lecture at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on June 19, 2018,. The Chair Lecture is a Grand Rounds session named in honor of Paul Dworkin, MD, the founding director of the Help Me Grow National Center. In a call for a 21st century model for pediatric primary care, Dr. Shonkoff stated, “This field is too rich and too precious to settle for modest impacts. We should be raising the bar.” During his presentation, Dr. Shonkoff asserted that the barrier in achieving transformation in pediatric care has not been with envisioning new strategies, but rather with implementing and bringing successful models to scale. As a solution, Dr. Shonkoff calls for leveraging modern science to understand differential susceptibility and differential response to intervention in order to effectively stratify the provision of a suite of programs and policies in health, education and human services, not one treatment, to promote optimal child development. He identified the Help Me Grow system model as a mechanism by which to deliver a stratified provision of services, and the opportunity to partner efforts of the Center on the Developing Child with Help Me Grow in the development of this new model for pediatric primary care.

Can We Bend the Arc Towards Justice?
Help Me Grow National Center executive director Kimberly Martini-Carvell has penned a new blog commenting on the Trump administration’s family separation policy and our collective role in preventing adverse child experiences and advancing children’s well-being.

National Center Participates in Exploration of Model Alignment
Dr. Paul Dworkin, Kimberly Martini-Carvell, and Erin Cornell recently attended a meeting in Washington D.C. bringing together early childhood model leads and national centers. All early childhood models represented at the meeting have worked or are working together in a variety of capacities. The meeting aimed to collectively explore common challenges and opportunities around how various models are and are not working together to meet the needs of communities in order to actively explore partnered coordination of efforts at the community level.

Grantmakers In Health 2018 Annual Conference
Thank you to Katie Beckman, Program Officer for the Children, Families, and Communities at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation for recommending the National Center as a breakout speaker at this year’s Grantmakers In Health conference. The National Center, along with HMG Alaska and the Mat-Su Health Foundation, presented No Child Left Behind: Promoting Universal Early Developmental and Behavioral Screenings. Key messages from the presentation included strategies to embed developmental and behavioral screening within a comprehensive, integrated system using HMG as a framework, and leveraging the HMG system model as a platform for collaborative early childhood community funding that includes universal developmental and behavioral screening.

Strategies to Promote Healthy Development in Young Children: Lessons from Exemplary Programs
The HMG National Center participated in a two-year project led by the Child and Family Policy Center focusing on Health Equity and Young Children. Along with 11 other identified exemplary programs, the National Center contributed to exploration into how care coordination, community linkage, and family engagement and leadership may be leveraged as strategies to promote healthy development among young children. Read more about the collaborative lessons learned through this project. 

Partnering to Support Innovation
Jacquelyn Rose of Connecticut Children’s Advancing Kids Innovation Program will be representing the HMG National Center at the upcoming National Head Start Association’s Early Childhood Innovation Summit and the BUILD Initiative’s QRIS National Meeting. Jacquelyn provides consultation and technical assistance to early childhood innovators including HMG Vermont and HMG Orange County in the packaging, scaling, and spreading of system enhancements. Stay tuned for more exciting information about how you can engage and leverage Jacquelyn’s expertise.


Help Me Grow Florida 3rd Annual State Meeting
Help Me Grow Florida held its third annual State Meeting on May 24th-25th in Orlando. The event allowed affiliate counties, stakeholders, and advocates to learn, connect, and network while bringing innovation to the initiative. Following two days of presentations, information-sharing, and networking, Help Me Grow Florida identified key focus areas for action: building affiliate capacity to analyze data and leverage lessons learned in the pursuit of continuous quality improvement; standardizing data collection methodologies to measure efficacy and impact in local Florida communities; and building and enhancing community systems of care going forward. Learn more about HMG Florida’s State Meeting.

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