Three Essential Partners To Ensure Coordinated Care:
- Are empowered to be partners with health professionals in the care of their child
- Bring the Passport each time their child has a health visit
- Take their child for routine checkups and all immunizations
- Learn to stimulate their child's development and keep their child safe.
2. Health Professionals
- Are reminded to perform and record recommended immunizations, screenings, and health education at each well-child visit
- Educate parents about age-appropriate development and safety issues
- Keep one copy of results for the child's file and forward one copy to the community coordinator
3. Community Coordinators
- Remind parents of health care appointments
- Notify the health professional if the child misses important services, such as immunizations
- Prepare reports for health policy planners
At the heart of the Partners project is the
Denver Child Health Passport
a parent-held health record for children from birth through age 6
* A chart detailing when immunizations and other preventive services are due
* Forms covering all the elements of complete and age-appropriate well-child checkups
* Information for parents about how to stimulate their child's development and keep child safe.
To minimize paperwork, all forms are printed on self-copying paper. One copy stays in the Passport, one is placed by the health provider in the child's file, and one is sent to a community coordinator.
America is failing her children
- More than 40% of 2-year-olds are not immunized against preventable diseases.
- Each year, millions of children die or are injured in preventable accidents.
- Many young children with developmental delays are not identified. As a result they don't get early treatment that could prevent more serious disabilities.
- No comprehensive tracking system exists to ensure that these problems are prevented.
What the Partners Say
- "I like being treated like a partner by my child's doctor."
- "I like learning what my child will do next."
- " I wish I would have had a Passport for my older children."
Health Professionals say:
- "The Passport gives me a unique opportunity to teach parents and get them more involved in their child's care."
- "It provides a record of the care a child has received - no matter how often the family moves."
Community Coordinators say:
- "I like knowing that I'm part of a project that helps children get preventive care."