Assessing the System of Care for Young Children With Special Healthcare Needs

The-Colorado-TrustWith support from The Colorado Trust, the WONDERbabies Partnership for Health exists to coordinate, link, plan, design and implement a system of care for babies and young children with special health care and developmental needs and their families. WONDERbabies Partnership for Health hopes to improve the communication and coordination of systems and services for young children with special health care needs and their families through systems building and change, education and training, and data collection and evaluation.  Using PARTNER, WONDERbabies conducted a social network analysis to look at relationships among families and stakeholders in the system of care for babies and young children with special health care and developmental needs in Colorado. To date, 723 partnerships among 450 stakeholders have been identified and analyzed. The PARTNER results showed how services for children with special health care needs differ vastly between counties in Colorado. As a result, the WONDERbabies website was modified to be more user-friendly for families trying to navigate services (i.e., they click on the county they live in and a list of services available to their specific county comes up).  This work has been published in Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research.​

Time-Frame
2008-Present

Funded By
Colorado Trust and Family Voices

Research/Evaluation Area
Public Health Systems
Sub: Early Childhood Systems

Project Partners
Ayelet Talmi (SOM, CU)