How can we bridge the communication barrier across sectors?
Children benefit from a broad range of services available through the medical system, schools, child care, social services, and other sectors. It is helpful to seek out ways to bridge the communication barriers (PDF - 500KB) that often occur among these service providers. Various Federal and State (PDF - 964KB) initiatives are geared toward fostering cross sector communication among service providers in an effort to improve the health and well-being of children. At the Federal level, HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) supports the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative (ECCS). The purpose of this program is to support States and local communities in their efforts to build and integrate early childhood service systems. These systems can address: access to comprehensive health services and medical homes; social-emotional development and mental health of young children; early care and education; and parenting education and family support.
In addition to public initiatives, private organizations (PDF - 280KB) are promoting the integration of various information systems to help a broad range of community-based services (PDF - 108KB) meet the needs of children. This integration may take the form of shared health IT systems or co-location of providers (PDF - 680 KB)
Below are links to existing examples from the field that have succeeded in breaking down communication barriers:
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