Improving Developmental Screening Through Public Policy
Developmental and Behavioral News
Good public policy – like good medicine – is part science and part art. The best practitioners excel at both. Public policy decisions matter a lot, affecting virtually every aspect of our health care system – from reimbursement rates to privacy protections and immunization requirements.
Recognizing this connection, a collaborative group in Los Angeles County is using public policy to improve developmental screening. The goal is simple – assuring that all young children receive high-quality developmental screening and that any child needing help receives it at the earliest possible moment. The path to reach this goal is complex, involving many twists and turns, and many choices about where to start, with whom to partner, and which policy tools to use.
Dunkle, M. (2004). Improving Developmental Screening Through Public Policy. Developmental and Behavioral News, 14.