The science is clear, inequities in the language and learning environments of children age birth to three inhibit foundational brain development and disproportionately affect children living in poverty. These disparities grow exponentially through a child’s early years, negatively impacting her educational trajectory and life course outcomes. Most families interact with the healthcare system more than any other institution during their child’s formative years. Though researchers and practitioners have begun to explore the healthcare sector as an avenue to reach families during this time, its potential remains vastly underutilized.
Leveraging the Healthcare Systems to Impact Educational Disparities was an interdisciplinary conference that aimed to elevate the role of the healthcare sector, highlight current approaches, and harness its capacity to intervene early and have a lasting impact on a child’s future health and well-being. We were joined by pediatricians, intervention developers, researchers and funders for a stimulating discussion on topics including:
- What are specific ways the healthcare sector can advance parental knowledge of child development and impact educational disparities?
- What are some current programs that work through the healthcare sector and their impact?
- How case we use the science of scaling to replicate, scale, and fund evidence-based programs?
All conference sessions and related documents can be found below.
View Dr. Suskind’s Slides
Session #1 – Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System: Incentives, motivations and opportunities – Diane Alexander, Jocelyn Guyer, and Donna Cohen Ross
Session #2 – Principles of Implementation Science: HealthySteps as a model and case study – Rahil Briggs and Allison Metz
View Rahil Briggs and Allison Metz’s slides.
View Supplemental materials for this session:
What is HealthySteps?
Session #3 – What we can learn from current approaches that leverage the healthcare system to improve child outcomes – Amanda Feinstein, Perri Klass, Dayna Long, Alan Mendelsohn, MD, and Marc Hernandez (Moderator)
View Alan Mendelsohn’s slides.
View supplemental materials:
Session #4 – Impacts of Early Childhood on Health and Life Outcomes – James Heckman
Closing Comments – John List