Each month, NASHP’s Healthy Child Development State Resource Center features a resource highlighting the role of screening, referral and care coordination for healthy child development.
This month’s feature is a new report from Project Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (LAUNCH)—a federal partnership of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration for Children and Families, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Project LAUNCH supports states, territories, and tribes in promoting child wellness from birth to age eight by focusing on five core prevention and promotion strategies, one of which is developmental screening and assessment. State policymakers can find helpful strategies to increase access to evidence-based screening tools and appropriate referrals, as well as improve outreach and training to providers from Project LAUNCH grantees in states like Missouri, Texas, and Colorado. Some key lessons from the grantees’ developmental screening efforts include: organizing screening workgroups, leveraging flexibility in schedules and locations of screenings for families, partnering with caregivers, and strengthening provider networks and centralized process for screening and referral support, and maintaining a community resource directory.
If you have a resource you’d like NASHP to post in the Resource Center or feature in the future, please email email@example.com. The Healthy Child Development State Resource Center is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.