Help Me Grow Partnership

Project Description

The CAHMI is happy to share a new partnership with the Help Me Grow (HMG) National Center. In this partnership, the CAHMI will leverage its Well-Visit Planner (WVP) to provide support for HMG affiliate sites to engage families, communities, and child health providers in promoting children’s healthy development.

The Well Visit Planner is an online pre-visit planning and education tool (based on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures guidelines) that promotes family engagement and helps parents of children ages four months to six years learn about and plan for their child’s next preventive care visit. The WVP does so by allowing parents to reflect on their child’s and family’s strengths and needs; answer standardized questions about their child’s development, family, and context; learn about and choose priorities for discussion; and get a personalized visit guide to share with their health care team. The personalized visit guide will give families an overview of their responses, show their selected priorities, and provide resources and examples of questions to ask their child’s health care provider. Families are able to access this tool both in standard online and mobile-optimized formats, expanding its potential reach. HMG and provider partners can receive population-based reports summarizing strengths, needs, and priorities across their families.

In this project, the WVP will be implemented in six HMG sites in four states: Alabama, California, Florida, and South Carolina. Throughout the implementation period, the CAHMI will establish a HMG/site-specific portal and provide training and technical assistance to support the implementation of the Well-Visit Planner and evaluation of this pilot project. This collaborative project will be implemented over the next nine months. An advisory committee will also be utilized to support implementation and further the development and use of technological innovations like the WVP to support family engagement in order to optimize child and family healthy development and well-being.