West Virginia

 How West Virginia is implementing Bright Futures

Partnership: The West Virginia Department of Health has utilized Bright Futures as the foundation for the HealthCheck Program initiatives. HealthCheck has a strong collaborative effort with the West Virginia Department of Education-Office of Healthy Schools to support the Bright Futures standard for pediatric preventive healthcare. Recognizing that the Bright Futures standard is best carried out by a personal physician or primary care provider that coordinates care across conditions and settings, HealthCheck and the West Virginia Department of Education - Office of Healthy Schools have nurtured a partnership through which children, families, education, and health professionals work together to ensure each West Virginia public school enterer receives a comprehensive wellness screening.

HealthCheck also partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education, Children's Health Insurance Program, West Virginia University, West Virginia Birth to Three, and the West Virginia Autism Training Center to apply for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- Maternal and Child Health Bureau State Planning Grant for improving access to comprehensive, coordinated health care and related services for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

Training: HealthCheck employs 9 community-based Program Specialists to ensure Medicaid providers are familiar with the Bright Futures standard of care and to provide ongoing technical assistance regarding the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit and Medicaid Redesign concept and processes.

Engaging Families: HealthCheck educates families who receive Medicaid about preventive health care for their children and encourages their participation in HealthCheck while ensuring the following: (1) children are screened/rescreened according to the Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule, (2) medical problems identified by examination are treated/referred, and (3) children/families receive transportation assistance and help with appointment scheduling.

Using a combination of written and oral methods, community-based Outreach Workers effectively inform EPSDT-eligible individuals (or their families) of the importance of well-child care visits based on the Bright Futures Guidelines.


West Virginia AAP Chapter

For more information about maternal and child health activities in your state, visit the Health Resources and Services Administration's Web site to find local contact information for the Maternal and Child Health and Children With Special Health Care Needs representatives.

Details of this state's involvement with Bright Futures is the result of online research.