Strategic Initiative #4 - Specialized Referral Pathways
Early Childhood Development Health Systems (ECDHS)
On September 6th and 7th, the Washington ECDHS Implementation Site Team*, plus one of our key partners Sarah Holdener (DCYF), attended the First Annual Convening of the Early Childhood Developmental Health Systems (ECDHS): Evidence to Impact in Washington DC. This brought together the Transforming Pediatrics for Early Childhood (TPEC) Hubs, Implementation Site Teams and members of the Family Leadership Advisory Council and National Advisory Board. The meeting featured tailored sessions based on the technical assistance needs and successes and challenges identified by the TPEC Hubs and Implementation Sites.
* The Washington Implementation Site Team is led by Angie Funaiole (WA State DOH) and includes Linden Obel (First 5 Fundamentals), Christine Cole (Health Care Authority), Kailani Amine (Washington Chapter – American Academy of Pediatrics (WCAAP), Rachel Hall (Washington Communities for Children), and Lark Kesterke (WithinReach).
Systems Connection with Child Care Aware
Help Me Grow Washington is partnering with Child Care Aware of Washington to explore increased collaboration and connection points between the two systems with the goal of streamlining access to essential early childhood supports for parents, caregivers, providers and community members.
This will involve conducting internal assessments of WithinReach and Childcare Aware’s current capabilities, core services, and technologies to identify areas of alignment or compatibility, duplication, gaps, and potential challenge/barriers as it relates to process and technology integration. The goal is to land on the development of 2-3 high-level strategic options for investment and partnership of these two systems.
Systems Connection with Paid Family and Medical Leave
In partnership with Washington State Employment Security Department, Help Me Grow Washington is co-creating and testing approaches to raise awareness of the Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit among workers of low-income and workers of color, and identifying further opportunities to reduce disparities and eliminate barriers to Paid Leave.
This has included listening sessions to gather information and feedback from both community health providers and families. In addition, this will include a pilot with the Statewide Help Me Grow coordinated access point in integrating a Paid Leave screener question into the comprehensive screening offered to families who call the Help Me Grow Washington hotline.