Using Clinical-Community Partnerships and 2-1-1 Technology to Improve Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Care

Year: 2015
Funding: PHSSR PHS4 Award
Status: Completed


Promoting positive early childhood development is recommended by the DHHS National Prevention Strategy, and developmental screening for every young child is a recommended preventive health service for early detection of developmental delays and behavioral problems, in order to link children and families to early interventions. This study seeks to determine if a cross-sector collaboration, between a pediatric clinic and an established community-based child development screening and care management program, is associated with more screening and treatment for developmental delays in children from Latino low-income families. Using a randomized control trial, investigators will contact families scheduled for well child clinic visits and ask them to also contact the telephone-based early childhood development screening and care coordination program available through 2-1-1 Los Angeles County (211LA). The collaborative model will expand access to early screening for developmental and behavioral problems for very young children, and coordinate care between medical and community-based providers; goals are to screen and link more families to evidence-based services and ultimately reduce health disparities. If successful, the study will demonstrate the efficacy and effectiveness of the collaborative model, and establish a framework for its scale and spread to other communities with 2-1-1 services and child health care centers. 


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Paul Chung, M.D., M.S. and Bergen Nelson, M.D., M.S.H.S.
University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine