Research Background & Acknowledgements
The WVP was originally developed and tested over a four year period (2008-2012) by the CAHMI through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA/MCHB) (R40 MC08959). Its continued development and implementation is supported by the CAHMI, volunteer advisers and through support from HRSA/MCHB through Cooperative Agreement U59-MC06890.
In Fall 2013, the WVP was expanded to include the 4 and 5/6 year well child care visits. This and consideration of the application of the WVP for HS/EHS programs was supported through a subcontract from the AAP through its cooperative agreement for the Head Start National Center on Health with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The implementation toolkit was vetted with focus groups with Head Start program staff. Their feedback and guidance was incorporated into this version.
The WVP content, features and navigation is developed with oversight and involvement of an expert Advisory Group, including editors of the Bright Futures Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. National experts, families, pediatric healthcare professionals and others collaborate in systematic and iterative reviews of the design, development and testing of the WVP. This process is designed to ensure fidelity to best available evidence and national guidelines. It is also designed to ensure feasibility and optimize impact of the WVP on the quality and efficiency of the well child visit for parents, children and provider teams alike.
While all content in the WVP is anchored to Bright Futures recommendations, these guidelines were translated into parent completed survey items based on parent, provider and expert input on item priority, with repeated rounds of assessment and refinement. All WVP content may be modified based on ongoing feedback from users and to reflect any changes in national guidelines. While we welcome all recommendations for modifications, to ensure consistency and validity potential changes will be systematically reviewed and considered on a bi-annual basis.
We would like to thank our dedicated team of advisers. This includes: Betsy Anderson, Jan Bassewitz, David Bergman, Greg Blaschke, Emily Brophy, Leslie Carroll, Dimitri Christakis, Kellena Collier, Paula Duncan, Heather Fitzpatrick, John Kilty, Amy Kurian, Cynthia Minkovitz, Tami Olson, Amy Pirretti, Ed Schor, Judy Shaw, Sara Slovin and Darcy Steinberg-Hastings.
More detailed information on the design, development and testing of the WVP is available upon request.