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A Framework for Thriving: A Comprehensive Approach to Child Health

America is failing its children and, in doing so, is jeopardizing its future. Infant and child mortality rates in the United States consistently exceed rates in 19 other developed nations. M... more

October 13, 2020
Medicaid and Early Childhood Services: Potential Fiscal Impacts from the COVID-19 Pandemic

The impact of COVID-19 on state budgets is expected to affect a range of vulnerable populations covered by Medicaid, including young children in low-income families. COVID-19 “lockdown... more

September 23, 2020
Colorado’s Cross-Agency Approach to Supporting Young Children and Their Families During COVID-19

While young children do not seem to become as sick as adults from COVID-19, children and their families — particularly those with low incomes — are experiencing significant impacts f... more

July 23, 2020
The Crucial Role of Home Visiting During COVID-19: Supporting Young Children and Families

Home visiting has long served an essential role in addressing the needs of young children by connecting families to programs, supports, and services. Home visitors — typically nurses, soci... more

June 25, 2020
Addressing Risky Substance Use in Adolescents: A Conversation with a Pediatrician

While experimentation with drugs and alcohol is often characteristic of the adolescent years, there are many risks associated with this behavior. Not only are adolescents more vulnerable to ... more

August 13, 2019
Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences through a Coordinated Statewide Response in New Jersey

States nationwide increasingly recognize the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on their communities, families, businesses, and workplaces. ACEs include all types of abuse, negle... more

July 31, 2019
Building the Case for Doula Reimbursement in New Jersey Medicaid

While New Jersey has lower infant and maternal mortality rates than most states, there are significant disparities in these rates across the state’s white and black, non-Hispanic residents... more

July 22, 2019
What are Levers for Aligning Early Childhood and Medicaid? A Conversation with Key Stakeholders

In most states, the connection between the health care and early childhood sectors is more tenuous than it should be, and the potential of these two systems working together to support e... more

April 25, 2019
Integrating Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families: Considerations and New Opportunities

During my time working in the Vermont state government — close to two decades — integrating services for children, youth, and families was a key focus for creating a system that is suppo... more

April 10, 2019