Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)
Putting the “S” in EPSDT: Screening in Alaska
In October 2010, the Alaska Peer-to-Peer Exchange brought together tribal health systems leaders and trainers with state and local systems to share experiences and determine next steps to increasing access to high quality and consistent universal screening services to children in all regions of the state. The Alaska Native Tribal Health System has developed a highly effective Community Health Aide/Practitioner (CHA/P) model to train providers to provide basic health care within isolated rural communities who do not have consistent access to doctors or mid-level practitioners. The two-day exchange opened with discussion of the tribal health organizations working to develop training curriculum and standards of practice for their organization’s CHA/Ps in the area of EPSDT coordination and implementation. State Autism Team members offered support in evidence-based screening tools such as the ASQ-3 and MCHAT to encourage consistency throughout organizations while honoring cultural tradition and the autonomy of each tribal organization.
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