Closing L.A. County’s Health Screening Gap With ‘Help Me Grow-LA’

Last week we posted a treasure trove of resources for health screening of infants and toddlers. But we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Help Me Grow-LA, an initiative launched in May by First 5 LA and community partners to boost developmental screening rates in L.A. County.

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Handouts and Guides for Health Screening of Infants and Toddlers

Research shows that developmental delays, learning disorders, and behavioral and social-emotional problems affect roughly 1 in every 6 children. But less than 30 percent of children with developmental delays are identified as needing help before school begins. Because early intervention is key, home visitors in the Family Strengthening Network’s free home visiting programs are trained to screen babies before their first birthday and to help families find specialists when necessary. These home visitors also …

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Full Medi-Cal Benefits Now Available to Undocumented Immigrant Children

Full Medi-Cal coverage is now available to all children of low-income families in California, regardless of immigration status. Get resources to help families enroll their kids, and get the latest numbers on health-care coverage since the new law took effect in May.

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Breastfeeding Awareness: Resources and Research

August is all about breastfeeding awareness. Every year the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee declares it National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM16). The first week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week and August 25-31 is Black Breastfeeding Week. Here are some resources and the latest related research.

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