HealthySteps Training and Technical Assistance help practices implement the HealthySteps model tailored to the needs of their staff and the families they serve.
The typical HealthySteps Institute consists of two to three days of training and is a highly interactive learning experience, focusing on applying relationship-building strategies, practicing a strengths-based, family-centered approach, and working on case scenarios. The HealthySteps Institute covers the following topics:
- Overview of the key components of the HealthySteps model
- Implementation strategies for office visits, practice management, and community networking
- Social determinants of health
- Role of attachment, toxic stress, and temperament
- Parental mental health and its impact on child development
- The importance of building trusting relationships with families
- Supporting parents by providing anticipatory guidance on their child’s development
Sites are advised to invite as many staff as possible to attend the training. At a minimum, we recommend the participation of:
- the lead physician;
- other clinicians who will be directly seeing HealthySteps families such as other physicians, PNPs or PAs;
- the HealthySteps Specialist(s); and
- the practice administrator/clinic manager.
Attendance by the practice manager is extremely important because implementing HealthySteps may require some administrative changes in scheduling, flow, and recordkeeping.
The Training agenda often allows for lunch-time meetings where the entire staff – nursing, reception, clerks, etc. – can join briefly to learn more about HealthySteps so they understand their important roles as representatives of the practice to families. An optional dinner meeting with funders, members of the community, and child care and early intervention programs can also be arranged.
HealthySteps Institute agendas are developed in partnership with practice staff and admin to ensure that the experience best serves the needs of the site’s patient population, size, staffing, etc.
Following the Institute, the HealthySteps National Office provides technical assistance (1 call/month for 6 months) to new sites as part of the high-touch onboarding experience.
HealthySteps’ parent organization, ZERO TO THREE, also provides a range of professional development experiences to sites and early childhood professionals nationwide on topics ranging from trauma-infused care to relationship-building strategies when working with families. Learn more about ZERO TO THREE’s offerings.