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 the Florida Children’s Medical Services website.
At the end of June, Florida identified its first case of microcephaly in a newborn whose mother contracted the Zika virus. Microcephaly is a condition that affects babies’ development. Florida’s Children’s Medical Services website contains vital information for families with children that have developmental delays. The website features resources from its Early Intervention (EI) system Early Steps such as its statewide information and referral system designed to help families and Family Resource Specialists that serve as peer supports for families with children that are eligible for EI services.
States can take the opportunity to reiterate the importance of developmental screenings to families and providers even if they have not been impacted by the Zika virus.
If you have a resource you’d like NASHP to post in the Resource Center or feature in the future, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Healthy Child Development State Resource Center is supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.