The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Special Care Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado are part of a collaborative improvement and innovation network (CoIIN) funded by the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau to test
and spread promising care delivery strategies and payment models for children with medical complexity (CMC). As part of their CMC-CoIIN work, the Colorado team used the Family Engagement in Systems Assessment Tool (FESAT), a new tool from Family Voices
that organizations can use to assess and improve family engagement in systems- level initiatives, helping to ensure that the voices of the individuals, families, and communities who receive services are included in the creation of the policies and
practices that govern those services.
The intended audience for this webinar includes: healthcare providers & students, child care professionals, school personnel, care coordinators, service coordinators and families interested in better understanding how partnering with families can improve services for children and youth.
There currently are long waiting lists for appointments to assess children for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD), posing a major barrier to accessing care. Families may travel long distances for diagnostic evaluations and management of medications, other related medical problems, and behavioral issues. There also is a well-documented shortage of developmental behavioral pediatricians in Colorado and nationwide.
This presentation will provide some updates on a program to improve access of care for children with ASD/DD, particularly focusing on children and families residing in underserved urban, rural and frontier regions of the state. We will review some activities
that focus on using expertise from our academic medical center to support primary care providers to deliver needed care and services for their patients and families within the context of their medical home.
The intended audience for this webinar includes: healthcare providers, therapists, service coordinators and families interested in better understanding the initiatives underway to improve access to assessment and management for children with ASD/DD.
Speakers from Children’s Hospital Colorado, Developmental Pediatrics:
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is under-diagnosed and under-treated in young children, particularly minority and disadvantaged children. Even with routine ASD screening, many screen-positive children fail to receive appropriate referral, evaluation, or services. Patient navigation, originally developed to address healthcare disparities, could facilitate referral, evaluation, and linkage to early intervention (EI) services. This project evaluated the effect of family navigation for children with positive ASD screening on referral, evaluation and linkage to EI services.
The intended audience for this webinar includes: healthcare providers, child care professionals, school personnel, service coordinators and families interested in better understanding the challenges and opportunities to improve developmental services for children and youth.
Carolyn DiGuiseppi, MD, MPH, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Colorado School of Public Health
Current models of care in Colorado result in families waiting for a medical diagnosis to get the services they need. This trend is not unique to Colorado, but is a nationwide challenge. This presentation will
provide Colorado’s process for identifying children and youth with developmental and behavioral challenges, as well as current systems‐level work striving to improve access to developmental diagnoses and services.
The intended audience for this webinar includes: healthcare providers, child care professionals, school personnel, service coordinators and families interested in better understanding the challenges and
opportunities to improve developmental services for children and youth.
Substance misuse impacts the maternal and child health population disproportionately. With issues such as maternal substance use and substance exposure in newborns gaining a lot of attention across the nation, the Colorado Department of Public Health
and Environment (CDPHE) is expanding strategies to reach across Colorado. This presentation will provide information on the maternal and child health substance misuse projects, opioid overdose prevention efforts, marijuana prevention and education
efforts, and collaborative projects with state and local level partners that are addressing these issues.
Speaker: Shayna Micucci, MSW, Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Coordinator and Maternal and Child Health Substance Misuse Priority Lead, Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
We know that healthy communities are important so why is health equity often left out of our conversations on community engagement? In this dynamic and interactive session participants will learn how employing health equity strategies can make community
engagement work more intentional and effective. Participants will be given a brief overview of systems of oppression and equity/health equity. We will then examine the ways in which these systems effect our ability to engage with community. Participants
will then discuss the ways in which their own work does or does not utilize health equity strategies. Lastly, participants will be provided with tools on how to apply the health equity strategies learned to their own work.
Speaker: Angel Smith, Health Equity and Community Engagement Specialist, Children, Youth and Families Branch, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
With over 90% of Colorado mothers choosing to start breastfeeding, the need for education and support throughout our communities is higher than ever. From the NICU to the medical office to the child care professional, increased breastfeeding education
can lead to better support and healthier outcomes for our babies and families. This presentation will provide information on breastfeeding practices, supportive services, policies and advocacy efforts that can be incorporated into your community.
Healthcare providers, child care professionals, employers and families will better understand and be able to advocate for breastfeeding supportive practices in the NICU and hospital settings and how to create breastfeeding-friendly medical offices, workplaces and child care programs.
Speaker: Stacy Miller, PhD, RD, CLC, Breastfeeding Specialist, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Unit, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Colorado families are bombarded by various health messages every day. We maximize our messaging when all public health programs, health care providers, early care and education professionals, families and others work together to deliver consistent, accurate and consumer-tested messages. Speaking with One Voice provides nine audience-tested and Spanish trans created early childhood obesity prevention messages and supporting content that address important healthy lifestyle behaviors found most promising in preventing overweight and obesity before it begins among Colorado’s youngest children. This presentation has additional focus on healthy maternal weight and active play for early childhood.
Speaker: Emily Bash, MPH, RD, CLC, Nutrition Specialist, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Unit, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
This event presented the most recent CDC prevalence data for Autism Spectrum Disorders, a study of patient navigation for low income families with young children, and findings from the Colorado Parent Mentoring Program. This webinar is for care coordinators, health department personnel, school personnel, and other professionals working with children. Anyone is welcome to attend this free webinar at the live site or online.
Children with co-occurring Deafness or Hard of Hearing (DHH) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have a delayed diagnosis, therefore also have delayed intervention. Many professionals are unable to separate behaviors associated with deafness and hearing loss from those associated with autism. Furthermore, professionals with expertise in autism are often unable to communicate directly with children who are DHH who use sign language, are unfamiliar with deafness and how autism may impact their sign or spoken language communication both receptively and expressively. Children with dual diagnosis are often the most complex children that professionals in deafness and hearing loss need to screen, diagnosis and re/habilitate. The presence of this dual diagnosis can significantly complicate developmental outcomes and requires highly specialized intervention. This webinar is for care coordinators, health department personnel, school personnel, and other professionals working with children.
Significant advances in technology makes telehealth and telemedicine feasible, enhancing access to services and education. Our speakers will address efforts in Colorado to provide access to these methods with particular emphasis on the acceptance by families.
Following this event, the audience will better understand:
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