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What Is HealthySteps?

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HealthySteps is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary pediatric primary care program that promotes positive parenting and healthy development for babies and toddlers, with an emphasis on families living in low-income communities.

A child development professional, known as a HealthySteps Specialist, connects with families during well-child visits as part of the primary care team.

HealthySteps is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary pediatric primary care program that promotes positive parenting and healthy development for babies and toddlers, with an emphasis on families living in low-income communities. 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 and guide families during and between well-child visits. They provide 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.# HealthySteps offers an array of services to meet families’ needs through a resource-efficient, risk-stratified approach.

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. Universal services (tier 1) for all children and families in the practice include: child developmental and social-emotional/behavioral screening; family needs screening; and access to a child development support line. Based on these universal screenings as well as clinical judgment and/or identified parent concerns, the practice identifies children and families in need of additional services. As needed, families receive short-term support services (tier 2), including development and behavior consults with the HealthySteps Specialist; care coordination and systems navigation services; positive parenting guidance; and early learning resources. Children and families with the greatest needs also receive comprehensive services (tier 3) in the form of ongoing, preventive, team-based well-child visits, during which both the HealthySteps Specialist and primary care provider meet with families.

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HealthySteps is a program of ZERO TO THREE.

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