Ensuring Evidence-Based, Quality Care among Children and Adolescents
Alaska's Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant Program is administered via the Women's, Children's, and Family Health (WCFH) Section of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. As a strategy to advance National Performance Measure (NPM) 6 (developmental screening), WCFH contracts with the Providence Nurse-Family Partnership Home Visiting program to provide evidence-based MCH home visiting services. These services include use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, which is a commonly used developmental screening tool utilized for each child enrolled in home visiting according to the Bright Futures/American Academy of Pediatrics Periodicity Schedule. Additionally, the Alaska Title V program provides funding for school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Juneau-area high schools. Provision of care to adolescents who access the SBHCs follows the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition.
Promotion of Oral Health Across the Lifespan
As a strategy to improve the rate of preventive dental visits among children, adolescents, and pregnant women (NPMs 13.1 and 13.2), Alaska's Title V program distributes the Bright Futures Oral Health Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition, to all health care professionals who can promote oral health. WCFH staff have distributed this resource to health care professionals through several key strategic events, including the School Health Wellness Institute, Alaska Public Health Summit, School Nurses Annual Conference, Alaska Dental Hygienists' Association Training, Maternal Child Health and Immunization Conference, and Alaska Dental Action Coalition Meetings. Alaska's WCFH also partnered with the Department of Health and Social Services' Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to assist in distributing the Oral Health Pocket Guide to key stakeholders including health program managers, teachers, school nurses, hygienists, dentists, oral health care professionals, and Head Start program managers.