Since 2000, the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program has helped 27 states create models of service delivery and financing for early child development services, particularly for children covered by Medicaid. During this webinar, Melinda Abrams of The Commonwealth Fund described the national effect of ABCD on policy and practice. Speakers from Minnesota and North Carolina shared lessons from their work on screening, referral, care coordination and policy changes to sustain and spread healthy child development. Webinar participants shared their own lessons and the legacy of ABCD in their states during a facilitated discussion that followed the presentations. This Alumni webinar was based on a conference session that took place at NASHP’s 25th Annual State Health Policy Conference in October 2012.
Melinda Abrams, MS, Vice-President, Patient-Centered Coordinated Care, The Commonwealth Fund
Marian F. Earls, MD, FAAP, Lead Pediatric Consultant, Community Care of North Carolina
Glenace Edwall, Psy.D, Ph.D, MPP, Director, Children’s Mental Health Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services