A COMMUNITY-BASED COLLABORATION TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE SERVICE DELIVERY AND OUTCOMES FOR
MEDICAID-ELIGIBLE MOTHERS IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY AND THEIR
YOUNG CHILDREN.

The effects of parental depression and childhood developmental delay are closely intertwined, and these issues are more prevalent among low-income and minority families than the general population. This disparity is as real in Allegheny County as it is nationally. The Allegheny County Maternal and Child Health Care Collaborative successfully addressed this concern, culminating in a groundbreaking effort to connect the childhood early intervention and social service systems with physical and behavioral health systems, and to identify and assist Medicaid-eligible families at dual risk for parental depression and childhood developmental delays. This report highlights the involvement of key partners and the personal stories of those who were central to operation and success of the Collaborative.

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