(Kay Johnson and Jill Rosenthal, April 2009) States can use primary care practice-based strategies, service provider linkage strategies, and systems change and cross-system strategies to improve linkages to services for young children. This paper uses a framework that illustrates the various roles that states can play to facilitate and support improved linkages: 1) maximizing the use of personnel; 2) undertaking quality improvement initiatives; 3) supporting data, information and technology; and 4) supporting individualized care plans and cross systems planning.
(Carrie Hanlon, Jill Rosenthal, NASHP/CMWF: June 2011) This report summarizes early findings from the current Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD III) learning collaborative of five states. Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Oregon are testing models to strengthen linkages and care coordination between pediatric primary care providers and community-based providers of early intervention, mental health, public health, and early care and education services. The states’ early experiences piloting communication tools, facilitating data sharing, implementing quality improvement processes, and involving families are relevant for efforts to engage multi-sector stakeholders to improve state policy, primary care practice, and population health.
(Mary Henderson, Neva Kaye, NASHP/CMWF: June 2012) How can states help primary care providers (PCPs) and community service providers coordinate care? In NASHP’s third Assuring Better Child Health and Development learning collaborative (ABCD III), five state teams (AR, IL, OK, OR, and MN) have piloted projects to systematize care coordination between PCPs of young children with potential developmental delay and community providers, particularly early intervention services. Drawing on eleven years of ABCD experience, these state teams offer model policies and protocols to implement cross-system care coordination.
(Eileen Bennett, November 2012) This document contains comments from Eileen Bennett, Colorado’s ABCD Coordinator. In this document Ms. Bennett discusses the history of ABCD in the state, as well as results and accomplishments achieved through the project.
(Vermont Department For Children and Families, January 2013) This is the referral form developed by Vermont DCF for use with the Children’s Integrated Services Program. The form is used to refer to nursing & family support, early intervention, and early childhood and family mental health services.
(Sonni Vierling, 2013) This document contains comments from Sonni Vierling, Iowa’s 1st Five Healthy Mental Development State Coordinator. In this document Ms. Vierling discusses the history of Iowa’s ABCD II initiative as well as the work done by Iowa’s 1st Five program on these issues since the project ended in 2006.
(Julie Doetsch, 2013) This document contains comments from Julie Doetsch, Manager, Child Health Section, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. In this document Ms. Doetsch discusses the history of the ABCD II & III initiatives in Illinois. This document also discusses provider training and quality improvement, systems and policy changes, and on-going activities that have taken place in Illinois as a result of ABCD.
“Nilofer Ahsan, Jill Rosenthal (Portland, Maine: National Academy for State Health Policy, May 2010). This State Health Policy Briefing puts forth a three-part framework for engaging parents in supporting healthy child development: parents engaging with: 1) their child, 2) the services and programs they receive, and 3) the larger systems and policies that govern those services. “
University of Iowa, Institute for Public Health Practice, February 2006. This document is a summary of 5 goals participants at the Early Childhood Health Systems Integration conference identified as early childhood health policy priorities within the framework of the Early Childhood Iowa Strategic Plan.
Resources based on North Carolina’s work that continued post-ABCD