203566 Child care health consultation: A population-based public health service

Monday, November 9, 2009: 5:15 PM

Kathleen M. Penfold, MSN, RN , Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City, MO
Healthy Child Care Missouri has created a strong network of child care health consultants (CCHCs)through its public health system. Missouri's CCHCs, who are public health nurses and other public health professionals, reached over 2800 child care programs and impacted the lives of nearly 80,000 children throughout the state in 2008 alone. Through onsite and telephone consultation, as well as provider trainings and health promotion programs for children, these consultants have effected positive changes in health and safety practices in these early care and education environments, translating into better quality of care for Missouri's youngest children.

Missouri has met the challenge of building and sustaining this initiative by braiding together funding from a variety of sources. Principal funding comes from the Child Care and Development Fund, with additional support from Maternal and Child Health, Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, and state funding for education. Yet the success of the system comes not only from creative funding. Partnerships forged over time and nurtured by focus on common goals are an essential element of the quality and sustainability of child care health consultation in the state. Collaborations with state agencies and programs, Head Start, institutions of higher education, and state child care resource and referral agencies have enabled Missouri to maximize scarce resources.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how Missouri's Child Care Health Consultants(CCHCs) work within the public health system to promote the health and safety of children and staff in child care. Identify the roles of CCHCs in Missouri and ways that they support goals for children's health and safety across service systems. Describe how Missouri's CCHC system addresses the specific needs and resources in the state. Discuss ways in which Missouri blends funding resources and fosters partnerships to finance and support its CCHC Network.

Keywords: Child Care, Child Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the program manager for Missouri's Child Care Health Consultation Program and contact for Healthy Child Care Missouri
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.