NORTH COVENTRY — Community Health and Dental Care Inc. is one of 50 organizations from across the country recently announced as winners in the Health Resources & Services Administration Phase 1 P4 innovation challenge in promoting pediatric primary care to improve children’s health.
The aim of the national P4 challenge is to increase access to child welfare visits and improve vaccinations in primary care for children.
Community Health and Dental Care’s winning entry was titled “Centring Well Checks for a Healthier Community.”
Under its proposal, Community Health will partner with the YWCA Tri-County Area and Rickett’s Center in Pottstown to provide centering visits for children at the centers, in a “creative and innovative approach,” said Bridgette McGivern, CEO of Community Health & Dental Care. , to interact with parents and children and to increase access to the required vaccinations.
The agency plans to establish medical research space at the centers from this month and through November, McGivern said in an email response to questions.
“The prize money from this award will be used to purchase equipment and supplies to expand the space at the YWCA and Rickett’s Center,” she said. The agency was awarded $10,000 to implement its proposal during Phase 2, which runs through September 2021, and has the potential to receive up to $25,000 by October 2021.
At the same time, McGivern said Community Health and Dental will work with the centers to identify children who need the services.
“We will then develop the same age-oriented well visits and CHDC Pediatric Providers will contact each group of parents and children to provide thorough, educational well control visits, parents will have the opportunity to interact with other parents of children of the same age, as well as the increasing vaccination coverage,” she said, adding that offering the services at the YWCA and Rickett’s Center will reduce barriers “for parents who struggle to get their children to the medical office.”
Community Health & Dental Care was one of more than 240 entries representing pediatric primary care providers and partners, including federally qualified health centers, academic medical centers, community-based mobile units, and partnerships with local churches, fire departments, and other community organizations.
Phase 1 applicants were assessed on their understanding of the population served and its need, innovative approach and potential impact, according to a press release announcing the results.
According to the Health Resources and Services Administration website, “the CDC reports that a decline in vaccination rates could leave young children and communities vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles,” adding that visits to good children have also declined since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The messages from the Health Resources and Services Administration reinforce the importance for parents and caregivers to properly visit the child and get vaccinated in a timely manner, according to the release.
For more information about Community Health and Dental Care, call 610-326-9460, email email@example.com or visit www.ch-dc.org.