Event Date

January 25, 2022 2:00–3:30 pm EST

Dates: Bi-weekly starting Tuesday, January 25, 2022 to May 3, 2022

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, delivering quality care to pediatric and adolescent patients necessitates coordination of care that factors in the patients’ unique care needs. Children are typically healthy, with their care based on a preventative approach. However, as many as 22 percent of children living below the federal poverty line and 17.4 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 8 have been diagnosed with a mental, behavioral, or developmental health disorder. As children move into adolescence (between 11 and 21 years of age), with brain development still in process and the part of the brain that affects judgement still growing, risky behaviors are common. This is also when many behavioral health problems first become evident and when experimentation with drugs and alcohol often begins. Sexual activity and romantic relationships can also raise health and emotional challenges. The coordination of care that occurs within an integrated health care model has been shown to best screen for and address the needs of youth needing behavioral health services. 

The target audience is health center staff from various departments and disciplines who provide direct or supportive care to pediatric and adolescent patients and their families.

At the end of this bi-weekly, 8-session Community of Practice (CoP), participants will:

  • Understand the behavioral health needs of children and adolescents
  • Understand how to design organizational practices and policies to establish a family-centered medical home model in a primary care setting
  • Develop and implement care strategies to meet pediatric and adolescent behavioral health needs.

Rhonda Waller, PhD, is a psychologist with more than 25 years of professional experience in maternal and child health, education, and human services with an emphasis on program development, leadership development, capacity building, and training and technical assistance. Dr. Waller is highly skilled in program design and implementation, coalition building, and the development of community-based strategies to improve access to health care and education. She is a Senior Associate for Maternal and Child Health Initiatives with The Bizzell Group. 

Nyle Avery, MPH, is a research expert with more than 5 years of project development, data management, and training and technical assistance experience in the public health sector. She excels in implementing innovative and effective research strategies to analyze data necessary for project development, enhancement, monitoring, and evaluation. As a Technical Assistance Coordinator with The Bizzell Group, she conducts research and provides technical assistance for the HHS Office on Women’s Health, Increasing Vaccinations Among Mothers and Children technical assistance project. 

Earn 1.5 continuing education credits for each CoP session, with a maximum of 12 CEs for participation in all eight sessions.