Vision for the WVP
The Head Start National Center on Health (NCH) and the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) envision high quality, culturally-competent services to promote the early and lifelong health of children. On behalf of the children and families engaged with Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS) programs across the nation, the NCH and CAHMI seek to improve the coordination between the comprehensive services delivered in the early learning environment and health care services. To that end, the NCH and CAHMI have been engaged in enhancing a set of family-centered tools to educate and engage parents as partners in promoting the healthy development of their young children by ensuring high quality well child care services, as outlined in the national Bright Futures guidelines set forth by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The WVP implementation materials are designed to assist community health programs such as HS/EHS programs or individual healthcare providers in the tailored use of the WVP with parents in any type of program or clinical setting. Guidance is provided for introducing the tool to staff and families, various ways to access and utilize the materials in the Public Use WVP, and protocols to consider when incorporating the tool into a HS/EHS program setting or a provider’s clinical environment.
- Community health programs such as Head Start/Early Head Start, healthcare providers, and the CAHMI are working together to improve high quality culturally competent child health services.
- Improved coordination between community health programs such as Head Start/Early Head Start and healthcare services
- Improved family engagement and quality of care for the well-child visit via use of the WVP.