Support for Chapter 17

North American Models

Chapter 17 describes various initiatives focused in prevention, early detection, and collaboration between medical and non-medical services. Live links and a brief description of programs discussed are included on this web page.

Resources and Links

Medical Home
From the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Medical Home website provides webinars, training, continuing medical education opportunities, practice improvement tool kits, etc.

Bright Futures
From the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Bright Futures Initiative website provides practice recommendations and strategies along with pre-visit questionnaires, workflow sheets, registries, and parenting information.

National Association for State Health Policy (NASHP) NASHP houses information on the Assuring Better Child Development (ABCD) project. The site includes “how-to’s” for practitioners and guidance for State policy advocates.

Help Me Grow (HMG)
HMG’s national center provides information on establishing programs, use of call centers to coordinate services, etc.

Promoting Resources in Developmental Education (PRIDE)
Offers details about PRIDE; additional information can be found on the HMG website.

Head Start/Early Head Start
Describes both Head Start initiatives and provides guidance on finding local services. Outcomes research on both programs can be found at

Healthy Steps
Provides technical assistance on training, staffing needs, and administration.

Kids Count
rom the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count provides advocacy for families’ issues by providing national and State-by-State data on the well-being of children in the United States.

Hanen Centre
The Hanen Centre provides research and advice for speech-language pathologists, educators and parents on building literacy and language skills.

Describes the value of crisis call centers to provide online developmental-behavioral screening and care-coordination for families at high psychosocial risk.

Covers use of a cell phone text-messaging service funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau to promote development, prevent injuries, and provide screening for developmental-behavioral problems.

Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK)
Devoted to reducing child maltreatment, SEEK provides hands-on training, measures focused on parents’ well-being, educational handouts for parents and research updates.

Delaware Division of Public Health (DDPH)
The first State initiative to receive mandated legislative funding, DDPH serves as a model of advocacy supported by diverse professional groups. Delaware provides high quality online screening tools—without cost to providers.

State and District Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics
AAP Chapters have a variety of initiatives and proven successes. The site provides links for finding information about each State.