Oklahoma Promotes Healthy Child Development through Increased Well-Child Visits and Screenings Using Innovative Funding
Developmental screening can lead to early intervention during a child’s first years – a critical time in children’s development. Oklahoma recently took steps to increase well-child visits and developmental screening during children’s first three years of life through a Health Services Initiative (HSI), which uses Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) administrative dollars to support children’s health beyond insurance coverage. A growing number of states are tapping into this innovative funding source to advance public health goals and provide direct services. This fact sheet describes Oklahoma’s unique HSI that promotes screening and reading aloud by parents.