Improving the Quality of Care and Coordination of Services for Young Children—ABCD, CHIPRA and Beyond!

Early identification of delays and linkage to appropriate services can improve coordination among pediatric primary health care providers and providers of mental health, early intervention, child welfare, and early care and education services and influence the course of young children’s healthy development. States are using a variety of mechanisms to develop and test interventions to improve linkages between primary care and other child and family service providers. This webinar will highlight how Illinois, Oregon, South Carolina, and Vermont are using ABCD III (Assuring Better Child Health and Development) and/or CHIPRA quality grants to build on and align current efforts, such as medical home initiatives, health information technology or exchange, performance measurement, and health reform, to transform the delivery of care to children covered by Medicaid and CHIP. This event is sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund and builds upon a session held during the NASHP Annual Conference in October 2010.


Panelist Discussion 

  • How is your state promoting children’s healthy development by improving linkages to services?
  • How is your state using the CHIPRA grant and ABCD project to improve care coordination and linkages to services for young children? Where is the synergy between the two projects?
  • How is your state engaging the provider community to support state agency‐led efforts to improve care coordination and linkages to assure better child health and development? What do these efforts look like in real time—how does QI truly happen at the practice level?
  • How is your state using HIT/HIE to support efforts to improve care coordination and linkages to services?



Jill Rosenthal, NASHP


Scott Allen, Executive Director, Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Juanona Brewster, Director, Early Childhood Development Projects Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Russell Frank, CHIP Director, Department of Vermont Health Access

Charles Gallia, Senior Policy Advisor, Division of Medical Assistance Programs, Oregon Health Care Authority

Felicity Meyers, Deputy Director, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


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