Enhancing Medical Care and Care Coordination for Children and Youth Entering Foster Care 

The DCF project works to assess the current systems of care to understand strengths and barriers for improving the health care delivery systems for children and youth in foster care in Vermont and collaborates with state and community partners to improve those systems to achieve better health outcomes for children.

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Goals &
  • The current focus of the project is to promote the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended comprehensive health assessment within 30 days after entering foster care, care coordination using shared plans of care, and an enhanced well-visit schedule. 
  • VCHIP, the Vermont Division of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), the Department for Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) were selected to participate in a CMS Affinity group with ten other states to explore and identify opportunities to improve timely access to health care services for children and youth in foster care.
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  • VCHIP Presents Grand Rounds: Step up For Children Entering Foster Care-Enhancing Communication and Comprehensive Care 4/20/2022  |  Slides  |  If you are interested in viewing a recording of Grand Rounds, please click here to request access.
  • Pete Cudney Presents: Fostering Trauma Informed Care: Key’s Practices for Medical Providers working with Children in Foster Care. 6/29/2022  |  Slides  |  Recording  -  Passcode: 0Up&.Rsq
  • Information about the CMS Affinity Group:  Improving Timely Health Care for Children and Youth in Foster Care 
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  • Resources and educational content can be accessed here.
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Project Team

Barbara Frankowski, MD, Lead Faculty

Jill Davis, MA, Project Director

Kelli Joyce, Project Coordinator  


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