The current child health system is ill-equipped to address the upstream social, environmental and developmental determinants of child health. Despite emerging bright spots where cross-sector strategies have shown promise, widespread transformation is difficult when innovations occur in isolation. Without appropriate connectivity, the right design concepts, and attention toward scale, the best we can expect are isolated localized innovations that often degrade over time. The ACA, the enthusiasm for zone-based community development, and the proliferation of placed-based prevention efforts create tremendous opportunities. The Child Health System Transformation Initiative (CHSTI) seeks to take advantage of these opportunities by setting in motion a scalable child health improvement initiative anchored by systems innovations and practice changes on the ground.
CHSTI proposes a comprehensive approach linking sector-specific learning networks (e.g., for children’s hospitals, school-based health centers, community clinics, etc.) and establishing a national learning system for monitoring, analyzing and responding to emerging challenges and opportunities. Made up of a national group of organizations, CHSTI is in the process of developing proposals to launch these networks and advance this collaborative learning system, collectively impacting child health outcomes and the performance of local child health services and our national child health system. CHSTI welcomes child health and delivery systems/financing experts and local coalitions across the US to join in this endeavor.
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