Child Ready Program Overview

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The UNM Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the UNM IIKD (Institute for Indigenous Knowledge and Development), were awarded a four-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration and Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership Regionalization of Care Program to work with communities and tribes to design, develop, and disseminate a system of regionalized pediatric emergency care in tribal and rural areas of New Mexico and the border regions of Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and Mexico. The name of this initiative is the 'Child Ready' Program.

The program will primarily focus on the following four areas of intervention:

  1. Preparing communities to care for the ill or injured child
  2. Preparing facilities to care for the ill or injured child
  3. Preparing providers to care for the ill or injured child
  4. Conducting prevention activities to reduce the number of ill or injured children.

Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives document

Goal and Objectives 1

To engage tribal and rural communities, leaders of health care facilities and systems, and health care providers in the design, development and dissemination of a Child Ready (CR) system of regionalized Pediatric Emergency Care throughout NM and regions of Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

  1. Employ a cultural broker as an advocate for participating communities, to bridge the culture/science gap in the pediatric emergency health needs assessment process and in implementation, and to promote family and community self-determination in the regionalization process.
  2. Establish a Child Ready Pediatric Emergency Regionalization Council for program oversight by representatives from the target communities and populations, NM EMSC, IIKD, NM Department of Health, NM Health Information Collaborative, the Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research, the NM ACEP Chapter and the NM Pediatric Society.

Goal and Objectives 2

To prepare communities to respond to the ill or injured child and to conduct injury prevention activities.

  1. Conduct in-depth assessments of target communities to determine their pediatric emergency health care needs and to identify the steps necessary to make a community Child Ready, including preparation for care, delivery of care, cultural and linguistic competence and prevention.
  2. Develop templates addressing the steps to implement a sustainable Child Ready system in a community/population.
  3. To establish formal communication connections for communities through telehealth to aid them in the delivery of care to the acutely ill or injured child.

Goal and Objectives 3

To prepare and support health care facilities and systems to care for the ill or injured child.

  1. Conduct in-depth assessments of target health care facilities to determine their pediatric emergency health care needs and to identify the steps necessary to make them Child Ready, including preparation for care, delivery of care and prevention.
  2. Develop templates addressing the steps to implement the Child Ready system in a health care facility.
  3. Establish formal communication connections for facilities through telehealth to aid them in the delivery of care to the acutely ill or injured child.
  4. Develop and offer statewide online Pediatric Medical Direction for Emergency Medicine Services (EMS) agencies for which online medical direction is unavailable.
  5. Work with the NM Trauma System to add the Child Ready system to the Trauma Center designation process.

Goal and Objectives 4

To create a multi-disciplinary, supported workforce of health care providers who are Child Ready.

  1. Develop and disseminate training material to prepare providers of all levels, consistent with their scope of practice, to care for acutely ill or injured children.
  2. Establish formal communication connections for providers through telehealth to aid them in the delivery of care to the acutely ill or injured child.
  3. Develop training tools for prevention strategies to be used by Community Health Representatives (CHRs) in homes and in their communities.

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