Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Launches Innovative Home Visiting Model

By PR Newswire | September 4, 2019

Stoneleigh Fellow Meredith Matone is the lead investigator on a new project to integrate home visiting nurses into the pediatric primary care setting.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) launched a new pilot program today aimed at improving the health and well-being of mothers and their young children. The project, “Community-Clinical Systems Integration: Leveraging Primary Care to Enhance Home Visiting and Other Early Childhood Supports,” integrates home visiting nurses into the pediatric primary care setting and is made possible by a generous grant from the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program™.

This project is just one of several investments totaling more than $5 million made by Vanguard and its employees to support innovative efforts at CHOP through its Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program™, which focuses on boosting school readiness for children near its operations in Philadelphia, Phoenix and Charlotte.

The innovative home visiting model will be led by PolicyLab, a research center at CHOP dedicated to informing practice and policy to improve child health and well-being. PolicyLab will pilot the program at CHOP’s Cobbs Creek primary care site for three years. The model will employ home visiting nurses in primary care settings, while also providing families with child development education and enhanced support for finding quality child care.

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