ERIC Number: ED233120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-6
Reference Count: N/A
Lawrence Children's Health Project. A Demonstration of a Collaborative Brokering Model and School-Based EPSDT. Final Report.
Himes, John H.; And Others
The Lawrence (Massachusetts) Children's Health Project (LCHP) was a demonstration project consisting of an alternative approach to providing health care to children, many of whom were not receiving health services. The project was carried out by the Merrimack Education Center and focused on a school-based model for Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT). A total number of 2,235 students (60 percent of them Hispanic) from 6 of the 13 elementary schools in Lawrence participated in the project, which consisted of two components: the health service system, and a component which performed administrative functions necessary to support the health service system. Data were collected on the health history of each student, and teachers' assessments of target childrens' school functioning were obtained. Referrals and follow-ups were conducted through family health workers. An evaluation of the project indicates that the LCHP: (1) provided services which met appropriate standards of quality with appropriate follow-up; (2) integrated and coordinated existing and newly established health care services; (3) increased the responsiveness of provider (and consumer) organizations to the needs of the target population; (4) provided cost effective services; and (5) developed a replicable model of collaborative brokering for service delivery. This report provides a detailed description of the program's services, administrative aspects, and its results; and outlines recommendations for the future. (AOS)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Health Needs, Health Services, Immunization Programs, Medical Care Evaluation, Outreach Programs, Preventive Medicine, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, School Health Services, School Role, Spanish Speaking, Urban Schools, Special Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Sponsor: Health Care Financing Administration (DHHS), Washington DC.
Authoring Institution: Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.; Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts