It starts with a HealthySteps Specialist

HealthySteps adds a child development professional, called a “HealthySteps Specialist” (HSS), to the practice who becomes an integral part of the primary care team.  The HSS partners with families during well-child visits, coordinates screening efforts, and problem-solves with parents for common and complex child-rearing and other challenges.  HSS are trained to provide tailored guidance and referrals, on-demand support between visits, and even care coordination and home visits when needed.  This ensures families have access to the expertise and personalized support often needed to give their children the best start to life.

The role and credentials of a HealthySteps Specialist are kept flexible so that each practice can choose just what its staff and families need. By proactively building strong relationships with families and providers, HSS strengthen parents’ connection to the pediatric practice, foster true family-centered care, and improve physician satisfaction with care quality.

The Core Components (aka services) of our model

  • Team-based well-child visits
  • Child development, social-emotional, and behavior screening
  • Family protective/risk factor and social determinants of health screening
  • Access to HSS support between visits (office, home, phone, text, email, etc.)
  • Connections to community resources
  • Care coordination/systems navigation
  • Positive parenting guidance and information
  • Early learning resources

We don't just connect. We partner, plan, communicate, and follow through.

Community Resource Connections