Since the beginning of the pandemic, pediatric providers have seen a marked decrease in the rates of well-child visits and childhood vaccinations. Parents across the board have been less likely to keep these critical medical appointments during COVID-19. Developmental screening tests and immunizations are just a few of the important measurements that are noted at the well-child check-ups.
In an effort to increase these appointments and immunizations rates, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and NC AHEC, under the direction of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), has launched the Keeping Kids Well program. CCNC and NC AHEC, through Practice Support coaches, work with practices experiencing a greater number of care gaps to improve these measures and also work to raise awareness of the problem among North Carolina’s parents.
Southern Regional AHEC was awarded a grant to work towards increasing these numbers. One way is through the development of a Keeping Kids Well video that we have created. We hope that you will pass on to your parents and providers.
Additionally, there are provider and parent materials that can be offered. Our hope is the video message and these materials will be helpful to clinicians and parents alike.
Many thanks to North Carolina’s doctors and nurses for the work they do to keep North Carolina’s children healthy, despite the pandemic.