Online Program

National health and safety checklist: Development and pilot study

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Abbey Alkon, PhD, School of Nursing, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
Roberta Rose, RN, PHN, California Childcare Health Program, UCSF School of Nursing, SF, CA
Alicia Ross-Beck, PNP, PhD Student, Dept of Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing, SF, CA
Mimi Wolff, MSW, Dept of Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing, SF, CA
Richard Fiene, PhD, Penn State University, PA
Susan Aronson, MD, AAP ECELS, Penn Valley, PA
Ann Kaskel, RN , MSN, First Things First, Phoenix, AZ
Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, Dept. of Maternal and Child Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
As the number of children attending early care and education programs (ECE) increase each year, more attention is being focused on raising the quality of these programs. Health and safety are key components of quality child care and child care health consultants (CCHCs) are being taught to conduct health and safety assessments, using the California Childcare Health Program (CCHP) Health and Safety Checklist-Revised (2005). They use the assessment to identify health and safety needs and develop interventions with ECE directors and providers. A one-year project was designed to update the CCHP Health and Safety Checklist and conduct a pilot study of the feasibility and ease of administration of the new Checklist in California, North Carolina, and Arizona. Presently, the update of the Checklist is being conducted and is based on the 3rd Edition of Caring for our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards (NHS) for ECE program, 2011. Thirty interdisciplinary health and safety experts and CCHCs will participate in the Delphi technique to identify the key NHS Standards. Their rankings will be based on the relevance of individual standards to the severity and frequency of adverse outcomes for children, relevance to health and safety quality, and susceptibility to change through CCHC interventions. The pilot Checklist will include observable items and be assessed for feasibility and ease of administration. Thirty ECE programs will be enrolled in a pilot study. The summary of the results will include the frequency of standards met and not met across the ECE programs.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe how health consultants in 3 states used a health and safety checklist to objectively evaluate early care and education programs. Explain the process of developing a National Health and Safety Checklist. Identify the National Health and Safety Standards on the Checklist met and not met in three states' early care and education programs.

Keyword(s): Child Care, Community-Based Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Professor at UCSF School of Nursing and Director of the California Childcare Health Program. I am the principal investigator on the project summarized in the abstract. I have 20 years of experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner and epidemiologist conducting clinical and research in child care programs.
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.