270492 `Ekolu `Eha `ike Pono: School Readiness Project

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Jean L. Johnson, DrPH , Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Michael Moore, MS , Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Melissa Kanae , Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Historically, Native Hawaiian children have been at-risk for compromised academic, vocational, and socio-economic outcomes. The communities where they live have high rates of infant mortality, poverty, unemployment, and persons living on public assistance. Few of the children have access to high quality preschool programs and, consequently, most are not ready to learn when they get to school. Their needs for special education are disproportionately high, as are their rates of educational underachievement and high school drop out. Early intervention is critical to enhance their wellness across their lifetime. To address this issue, the Aloha United Way, at the request of the Hawaii State Legislature, established a priority for comprehensive developmental, hearing, and vision screening of preschool children in Native Hawaiian communities. A partnership program was established in a community that has the state's highest percentage of Native Hawaiian children. This partnership consisted of a Native Hawaiian organization, community-based social organizations, and the University of Hawaii. A comprehensive screening program and case management services were provided. Parents received training in child development issues. In addition, efforts were made to link the children with a medical home to ensure they had up-to-date immunizations, Work was begun to assist families in accessing high-quality preschool programs. This presentation describes the project, its results, its cost, and its implications for policy decisions. Also described are challenges encountered and overcome and barriers that remain.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will be able to analyze the value of a community-based universal screening program to determine its cost effectiveness.

Keywords: Screening, Child Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in early childhood and early intervention for more than four decades. I have served as the principal investigator on numerous federally funded grants funding demonstration projects, model projects, and research in the area of early childhood. I performed the evaluation on this project.
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.