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[ Vol. 12, Issue 4] 


Reach Out and Read Wisconsin has received funding from two new partners: Aurora Health Care and Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Reach Out and Read Wisconsin is thrilled to be funded and recognized by each of these organizations as more Reach Out and Read programs are developed and implemented throughout the state. 
The Alliance is excited to announce four new members joining our staff. We are pleased to welcome Amy Parry (Data Project Manager), Erica Kane (Project Manager - Emergency Care), Maddie Vandehey (HealthCorps Member) and Caroline Heckler (Communication Coordinator) to our staff. We look forward to their leadership and efforts as we continue to grow as an organization!
2017 Wisconsin Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Conference 
June 12-14, 2017 
Elkhart Lake, WI 
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Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program grant funding for the Earlier Is Better (EIB) program ends Dec. 31, 2016. EIB Partners include Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Dental Association, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Oral Health Program and Wisconsin Head Start Association.
During the 5-year grant, EIB provided oral health training to 210 home visitors in 70 percent of Wisconsin Early Head Start (EHS) programs. The EIB-trained home visitors adopted a Parent Oral Health Education Toolkit to promote oral health and guide EHS families with oral health decision-making. EIB followed a Medical College of Wisconsin institutional review board approved research protocol to administer surveys to measure EHS home visitor pre, post and post/post oral health knowledge, confidence and oral health practices. Following the EIB training, there were statistically significant improvements in home visitor knowledge and confidence in questions concerning early dental health and dental care in pregnancy. In addition, immediately following EIB training, significant increases were found in home visitor’s confidence and likelihood to discuss oral health issues with families.
The impact of EIB on improving oral health care for Wisconsin EHS children was reported in pre, post and post/post home visitor oral health education parent surveys. Statistically significant increases were found in families whose youngest child had a dental home; youngest child had seen a dentist within the year; and youngest child had their teeth brushed at least twice per day.
Many EIB activities will continue as part of the Alliance-managed Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby program. A full report on the findings from the EIB project currently is in development and scheduled for release in 2017.
Wisconsin First Step has expanded its statewide database of behavioral health resources for children and youth, including clinical and community resources.
Designed for use by families, youth and professionals, this resource features:
  • Six categories of behavioral health resources, including counseling and therapy, crisis mental health, and physician-based psychiatric services
  • “Snapshots” of mental health resources by county
  • A searchable database by category, county or community
  • Online, live-chat 
  • 24/7 call-in for free, confidential information and referral at 1-800-722-2295
Promotional materials are available. Please feel free to use these resources and share them with others.  For additional information, please contact the Wisconsin Statewide Medical Home Initiative.
In September the Infant Death Center received a generous $3,532 donation from a Janesville family honoring their late daughter Cecilia. Audrey and Travis Bartram lost their daughter Cecilia at 2 months old in 2015. Since Cecilia’s death, Audrey and her family and friends have worked closely with the Glen Erin Golf Club to organize an annual golf event. This year they chose to donate to the Infant Death Center in Cecilia’s name. The Bartram family’s efforts and tremendous support from everyone at Glen Erin Golf Club and the surrounding community made the Second Annual Cecilia Bartram Golf Outing a huge success, all while celebrating and remembering Cecilia. The proceeds raised from the event and donated to the Infant Death Center will go toward resources and initiatives to support grieving families when faced with the loss of an infant. A special thank you to the Bartram family, Glen Erin Golf Club and all those involved in the Second Annual Cecilia Bartram golf event for everything they do and continue to do in Cecilia’s name. The Infant Death Center is grateful for the donation and support as we continue to be to a resource for grieving families throughout Wisconsin. 
A new online Care Coordination Curriculum developed by Family Voices of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative (WisMHI) is now available. Health care teams may use this resource to advance parents’ understanding of the importance of care coordination and use of a shared plan of care within the setting of a  medical home.

Available at no cost, the curriculum is for families with typically developing children, as well as for those with children with special health care needs.

The Care Coordination Curriculum is a three-part series including:
  • Module 1: Medical Home 101 – What is a Medical Home?
  • Module 2: Medical Home 102 – Creating a Shared Plan of Care
  • Module 3: Medical Home 103 – Maintaining a Child’s Plan of Care
Feel free to share the curriculum’s link with families that you serve. For more information on how to share the curriculum with families in your practice, please contact Brigit Frank at For more information on additional care coordination resources, please visit the WisMHI website.
The 2016 Partnerships: The Building Blocks of Transformation Summit was held at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh on November 9-10. More than 275 attendees represented Maternal and Child Health, Child Death Review and Fetal Infant Mortality Review in Wisconsin. Attendees enjoyed keynote presentations from Sylvia Cheuy of the Tamarack Institute, Erin Reiney of Health Resources and Services Administration, Mark Del Monte of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Dipesh Navsaria of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The William H. Perloff Keeping Kids Alive in Wisconsin Award was presented to Dr. Timothy Corden for his long, unwavering support of child death review in Wisconsin. Various topics were covered in breakout sessions by excellent speakers whose presentations are available on the Alliance website.

Improving health and school-related outcomes for children with asthma requires integrated care coordination among families, clinicians and school nurses. To facilitate this, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is now home to the School-based asthma management program (SAMPRO™). SAMPRO™ standardizes recommendations for school-based asthma and provides useful resources for the care of asthmatic children in schools.
Developed in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders,  SAMPRO™ is detailed in the September issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and is endorsed by: Allergy and Asthma Network; American Academy of Pediatrics; American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; American Thoracic Society; and National Association of School Nurses.

Questions? Contact Sarah VandenHeuvel, Project Coordinator.
Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) featured the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program and its role in preventing tooth decay in Wisconsin's children. The feature came in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new edition of Vital Signs, focusing on dental sealants as a crucial, yet underutilized, oral health strategy among low-income children. Click here to access the newest Vital Signs report and to find out what can be done by the federal government, state officials, dental care providers, school administrators and parents to make an impact. Click here to listen to the WPR clip.
The Coordinated Team-based Care Coalition of Wisconsin was created after unveiling the Initial business case for coordinated team-based care at the August summit, Transforming patient outcomes through innovative financing: It starts with us. The summit was sponsored by Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards, Wisconsin Public Health Association and United Way of Dane County. The purpose of the summit was to share the business case, engage high-level decision makers in discussion about the proposed coordinated team-based care framework and identify steps to secure collaborative agreement on a final framework.
The Initial business case for coordinated team-based care was written to provide evidence and present a convincing argument for changing the manner in which health care is delivered and financed for Wisconsin Medicaid enrollees. The document captures what we knew as of August 2016 about this fluid and dynamic system, and it proposes a solution to the issues and inefficiencies identified. The evidence throughout the initial business case demonstrates that a coordinated team-based approach is a cost-effective way to improve health outcomes.
The coalition is updating the business case to inform value-based financing decisions, with an initial focus on:
  • Incorporating social determinants more prominently in the framework
  • Mapping existing programs to the framework
  • Creating recommendations for standardized quality measure
The coalition meets the first Thursday of each month and is open to anyone who is interested in participating in this process. Please contact Kristen Grimes for more information or to join the coalition.
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