by Paul Dworkin, M.D.
Founder, Help Me Grow; Executive Vice-President, Community Child Health Director, Office for Community Child Health, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
May 20, 2013
Reducing the Burden of Adversity
In sharing the Help Me Grow story with diverse audiences, we always acknowledge the influence of the explosion in knowledge of early brain and child development during the 1990s, the so-called “Decade of the Brain.”
Indeed, key concepts in early brain development and early child development yield profound implications for our services, programs, and systems as we strive to promote children’s optimal healthy development.
A recent symposium at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington, Read More >>
June 16, 2013
Affiliate Update: Alameda County
First 5 Alameda County has developed a new marketing material: a postcard that informs parents about developmental screening and the referral process to Help Me Grow. They use these cards, printed in English, Spanish, and Chinese, with pediatric sites that are implementing developmental screening. Check out the First 5 postcards here.
June 16, 2013
Affiliate Update: Utah
Recently, longtime Utah Parent Champion Janae Moss was selected by Utah Business magazine for their 2013 "30 Women to Watch" feature. In conjuction, the magazine held a social media contest: each of the 30 women had the chance to win $1,000 cash and a $15,000 ad campaign for the charity of their choice by garnering the most votes.
Janae chose Help Me Grow Utah, and after two weeks of campaigning, she won -- with more than 800 votes over the next closest contestant. "I attribute this win to the fact that HMG, and United Way of Utah County, are relationship-based," says Janae. "Everyone [I'm connected to] wants to see this program succeed." Learn more about HMG Utah.
May 20, 2013
Help Me Grow and Medicaid
Charles Bruner, executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center and presenter at the 2013 Help Me Grow National Forum, has prepared a three-page summary (pdf) that covers existing and potential opportunities for Medicaid financing for Help Me Grow. This summary includes salient information from his 2013 Forum presentation, "Policy Implications."
"Given the different structures of state Medicaid programs, there is no one way to modify state Medicaid reimbursement systems to secure Medicaid financing for Help Me Grow," Bruner writes. "Instead, there are different options that states can pursue and that have precedent within prior approvals of state plan amendments or Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) guidance."
The summary details the Help Me Grow services that can and should be covered by Medicaid, including developmental surveillance and screening; the training and support to enable child health practitioners... Read more