June 26, 2019 Network in the Know

Early Childhood Screenings Help Ensure Healthy Outcomes

CDPHP is supporting a New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) performance improvement project to promote screening, testing, and linkage to services for Managed Medicaid members ages birth to three years. The initiative focuses on achieving improved health outcomes for these children and educating parents/caregivers about the negative consequences of lead exposure, newborn hearing loss, and undiagnosed developmental delays.

Our health plan will collaborate with network providers to identify and address barriers to care in an effort to close gaps in early intervention and follow-up care. This will include in-person communication with provider offices, as well as a survey designed to identify barriers to these important childhood screenings. CDPHP will also educate our members regarding screening guidelines, potential risks, and resources available to them should they encounter barriers in obtaining the necessary tests and screenings.

CDPHP will be reporting results over the next two years regarding these screenings for our members. This form also contains recommendations for each of these screenings for differing age groups.

Adele O'Connell
About the Author

Adele joined CDPHP in 2004 as an internal communications and event specialist. She then spent eight years coordinating the company’s community relations and corporate events program, in which capacity she worked with a host of non-profit organizations and co-chaired the CDPHP annual Charity of Choice campaign. Currently, she is a communications specialist and coordinator of corporate member engagement and serves on the boards of two local charities. Prior to CDPHP, Adele served as a legislative assistant for a trade association and as an acquisitions and developmental editor, specializing in educational and medical publishing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Rosemont College.

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