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Expanding Early Identification Efforts through Electronic Development and Social Emotional Screening

State/Jurisdiction: Minnesota
Setting: Community
Population: Cross-Cutting/System Building,
Topic Area: Health Screening & Promotion, Service Coordination & Integration,
NPMs: NPM 6: Developmental Screening

The "Expanding Early Identification Efforts Through Electronic Development and Social Emotional Screening" pilot aimed to consolidate screening forms for a variety of agencies into a centralized electronic screening platform that could be used by agencies that provide screening to families of young children. Ten community-level, public screening agencies, including education, public health, primary care and Head Start programs, participated in a sixteen-month electronic screening pilot opportunity from August 2015 through December 2016. Electronic access to screening instruments, including the Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3) and Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Social Emotional (ASQ:SE), was provided to families served by the participating agencies. This electronic system automatically identified the age-appropriate interval that families should complete based on their child’s date of birth and weeks premature (if necessary), scored each completed screen, created a screening summary to be shared with families and other providers, and provided a platform for sharing screening data between providers. Most importantly, to assure increased screening access for low literacy and non-English speaking children and families, the system provided translated versions of the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali, and provided audio versions of the instruments in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.

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Implementation Handout

Minnesota Department of Health
Shawn Holmes, Early Identification and Intervention Coordinator
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