Smart Beginnings of South Hampton Roads has partnered with CINCH to develop recommendations for a regional approach to universal screening and referral, in which all families receive a comprehensive screening and in-person assessment by a health professional at the time of each child’s birth. This is a holistic assessment of the child and family’s physical, emotional, and social needs, and will be used to identify needed services and link families to local resources.
The work begins with community dialogues with service professionals, followed by research in the form of focus groups, interviews, surveys and literature reviews to determine the best practices to be adapted for use in South Hampton Roads. We anticipate the community dialogue will take about 40 to 60 minutes, including a presentation and discussion. Please plan to attend the CINCH Access To Care Collaborative’s Community Action Team meeting on February 25 to participate in our first community dialogue about this important topic.