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What Is HealthySteps?

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HealthySteps, a program of ZERO TO THREE, is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary pediatric primary care program that promotes the health, well-being and school readiness of babies and toddlers, with an emphasis on families living in low-income communities.

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A child development professional, known as a HealthySteps Specialist, connect with families and guide them during and between well-child visits.

Babies’ brains grow faster from ages 0-3 than any point in life and pediatric primary care is a trusted source of information for parents during these critical years. Yet, pediatric primary care physicians have an impossibly long list of services to provide during a well-child visit that can last just 15 minutes.

HealthySteps provides tailored support for common and complex concerns that physicians often lack time to address, such as behavior, sleep, feeding, attachment, parental depression, social determinants of health, and adapting to life with a baby or toddler. The entire practice works together to implement the HealthySteps model, with leadership from a Physician Champion and a child development professional, known as a HealthySteps Specialist, integrated into the primary care team. HealthySteps Specialists connect with families and guide them during and between well-child visits.

HealthySteps is a population health model that includes eight core components organized into three tiers of service that are responsive to each family’s needs.

A multi-site randomized controlled trial, as well as other more recent site-level studies of HealthySteps, have demonstrated positive outcomes for children, their families, and the physicians and practices that serve them. Read more about our outcomes.

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