A Practical Guide for Healthy Development is a set of materials and tools designed and tested in the Healthy Development Learning Collaborative, a 12-month quality improvement initiative. The initiative was designed to help primary care practices in Vermont and North Carolina engage families in a partnership to promote positive developmental outcomes for the families' children through the development of improved office systems.
The purpose of the guide is to provide primary care offices with the tools and resources to accomplish the following:
- identify more efficient practice-based systems to organize preventive and developmental care;
- integrate standardized, formal screening tools and anticipatory guidance into the practice workflow;
- incorporate innovative approaches and tools for assessing health care quality using family-centered tools; and
- incorporate techniques for streamlining referral processes and making connections to community support agencies for the provision of developmental family-based services.
Table of Contents
- Introduction to A Practical Guide for Healthy Development
- Module 1: Assessing Your Practice's Office Systems—Helps you assess the degree to which office systems are in place in your office.
- Module 2: Developmental Screening and Surveillance—Incorporates structured screening tools into your office practice.
- Module 3: Family Psychosocial Screening and Surveillance—Incorporates family psychosocial screening (e.g. domestic violence, maternal depression, substance abuse) into your office practice.
- Module 4: Eliciting Parents' Concerns—Highlights methods to elicit parental concerns to improve communication between health care providers and parents.
- Module 5: Anticipatory Guidance and Parental Education—Addresses meeting the informational needs of parents and families.
- Module 6: Linking with Your Community—Focuses on the important step of linking your practice and patients to the resources available in your community.
- Final Tips from the Healthy Development Collaborative Team
Contributions and Acknowledgements
Copyright © 2005 by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for its Center for Children's Healthcare Improvement and by the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program at the University of Vermont.
All rights reserved. Individuals and organizations collaborating with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Vermont may reproduce any of these materials but solely for the purpose of training within their organizations.
No other reproduction is authorized without the written permission of the copyright holder.
For more information contact:
The Center for Children's Healthcare Improvement (CCHI)
200 TimberHill Place
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7226
Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP)
Arnold 5, UHC Campus
One South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
This document reflects the work of the Healthy Development Learning Collaborative, 2004–2005, and was adapted from A Practical Guide for Healthy Development, 2002.