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What Is HealthySteps?

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HealthySteps is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary pediatric primary care program designed to promote nurturing parenting and healthy development for babies and toddlers.

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 nurturing parenting and health development for babies and toddlers. A child development professional, known as a HealthySteps Specialist, connects with families during well-child visits as part of the primary care team. The HealthySteps Specialist offers screening and support for common and complex concerns that physicians often lack time to address, including feeding, behavior, sleep, attachment, depression, social determinants of health, and adapting to life with a baby or young child. Specialists are trained to provide families with parenting guidance, support between visits, referrals, and care coordination, all specific to their needs.

HealthySteps offers an array of services to meet families’ needs through a resource-efficient, risk-stratified approach.

If funding is abundant or patient populations are relatively small, practices may choose to provide comprehensive services for all families in a practice. Research illustrates that vulnerable families benefit more significantly from the protective factors provided by an ongoing relationship with a HS Specialist than families determined to not be “at risk.” The National Office has therefore developed a tiered model of care that connects each family with support and services in response to their unique needs.

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HealthySteps is a program of ZERO TO THREE.

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