PROMOTING HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING
Health reform creates an opportunity to improve children’s health and well-being. Connecticut has endorsed the medical home model of care for pediatric primary care, which reaches more than 90% of the State's children annually. CHDI has a long standing commitment to the medical home model and its potential to strengthen families and meet the needs of their children.
Current state health care reform efforts are designed to ensure that providers have the resources they need to reshape their practices to better meet the health promotion and prevention needs of the children they see.
In this newly envisioned health care system, pediatric primary care providers would continue to provide guidance on development, well-child visits, and medical care when children are sick, but they would also expand their practices to include family support services and connect families with community services such as behavioral health care, assistance with food or housing, help with school issues, and treatment for maternal depression.
CHDI is working to ensure that state health reform efforts encompass a new perspective on opportunities in pediatric primary care to advance prevention, health promotion, and connections to community and social services that support children and families.
Areas of health reform work include: