In a recent edition of the Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative’s newsletter, the spotlight was on Help Me Grow, showcasing the importance of collaborative efforts in promoting children’s health and development. Below we have provided excerpts and summaries of this initiative. To read the full newsletter, click here.

The Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative, a champion of the medical home concept, recognizes the significant impact of coordinated care on children’s health outcomes and family satisfaction. They promote this approach among primary care clinicians, early childhood professionals, and families throughout the state, supported by training, technical assistance, and resources. Their mission is particularly crucial for children with special health care needs.

Within this framework, the partnership between First 5 Fox Valley and the Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative proves invaluable in connecting families with the necessary resources to help children thrive. The Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative has actively shared information about Help Me Grow within its community.

Help Me Grow Expansion: Help Me Grow (HMG) is an innovative system model that facilitates cross-sector collaboration in early childhood systems. This model serves as a centralized access point, connecting children, families, professionals, and providers with community resources that promote optimal child development. It aligns seamlessly with other programs, including Home Visiting, Birth to 3, and child care initiatives, to ensure comprehensive support.

Evidence-Based Impact: HMG’s evidence-based approach has garnered success in multiple states and was introduced to Wisconsin in 2020, spearheaded by First Five Fox Valley’s Director, Barb Tengesdal. Initially launched in the Fox Valley, the program expanded to encompass additional counties, including Green Lake, Marquette, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, and Kenosha. First Five Fox Valley has laid the groundwork for a statewide HMG Wisconsin system, with discussions underway for expansion into other regions.

Community Partnership Model: HMG Wisconsin employs a community partnership model, embedding Family Resource Navigators within early childhood partner organizations. These navigators offer free Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) Developmental Screenings, prioritizing early detection of developmental delays and facilitating connections to appropriate resources. This collaborative effort holds immense potential in supporting children and families statewide.

The collaborative efforts between Help Me Grow and the Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative exemplify the power of partnerships in enhancing the lives of children and families, ensuring a strong foundation for their physical, mental, social, and educational development. For an in-depth exploration of these initiatives, we encourage readers to explore the full newsletter.