With the goal of supporting early childhood development, conference sessions explored rethinking the practice of IECMH through models such as reflective practice, which involves reflecting on attitudes and actions for the purposes of ongoing learning and improvement. Other sessions, including one on health inequities, called for policy changes such as universal child care.
At PolicyLab, we’re committed to answering the call to reimagine IECMH. Our researchers are evaluating implementation of models that promote IECMH such as HealthySteps and Reach Out and Read, and several of us are collaborating on a strategy for coordinating and sustaining evidence-based early childhood care models in Pennsylvania.
The conference was an opportunity to connect with colleagues across the state on our shared work to benefit Pennsylvania babies and families—and we’re excited for what’s ahead.
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