Capacity Building


State Medicaid Project

Legacy Spanish Language Adaptation
Opt In Internet Panels
An innovative sample recruitment and surveillance strategy, opt-in internet panels, is being used in sampling of maternal caregivers of children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a comparison opt-in panel of mothers. This strategy may be used to conduct future public health surveillance efforts in a rapid, cost-effective manner. 

ADHD Behavioral Therapy
More young children 2 to 5 years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could benefit from psychological services - including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy. This project aims to create behavioral training curricula for parents and paraprofessionals. 

Parenting and Early Care
This project seeks to characterize barriers to the integration of parent-focused programs to reduce or prevent impairment from children's mental, behavioral and developmental disorders; Provide recommendations for overcoming those barriers through policy- or systems-level approaches, or future development or adaptation of evidence-based parenting approaches. 

Sickle Cell Data Analysis Capacity Building
Sickle cell disease is the most common severe genetic disease. It impacts 90,000 - 100,000 in the US. Novel data examination and surveillance methodology of assessing sickle cell population is the focus of this capacity building project. This project aims to create public health education and health policy resources based on findings.

CDC's Division of Reproductive Health is exploring the development of a Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) specific for fathers (PRAMS for DADs) to collect information about men's health and experiences before and after becoming a father and during the time their partner was pregnant.  This pilot assessment will be key in determining how to scale up survey options that can be made available to all interested PRAMS states.  

Evaluation of CDC's Learn the Signs. Act Early. Children's Books to Promote Monitoring of Developmental Milestones
CDC estimates that about one in six children has a developmental disability. Early treatment and services can have a significant impact on a child's ability to learn new skills and earlier identification will maximize children's opportunities to benefit from services; however, most children with developmental delays are not identified early enough for them to benefit from early intervention services and research suggests that there are racial disparities in the receipt of early intervention services. This project evaluates the use of children's books as a means to promote developmental monitoring and parental engagement.

Assessing Feasibility and Impact of CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program in Early Head Start Settings
This project assesses the feasibility of including Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials in Early Head Start and evaluates the impact of pairing developmental monitoring using Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials with screening practices in the Early Head Start context. The CDC's Learn the Signs. Act Early. program aims to improve early identification of children with developmental disabilities by developing high-quality, evidence-based materials to promote and facilitate developmental monitoring among parents of children from birth to age five. To ensure sustainability and avoid duplication, the program seeks to integrate materials and messages through the formation of partnerships with other programs that already serve the target audience.

For more information, please contact Dr. Adriane K. Griffen, DrPH, Senior Director of Public Health and Leadership, [email protected].

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