Ready Ready September Update

You’ve asked and we’re delivering. Each month, we’ll post an update about the work of Ready Ready. The update is focused on the Get Ready Guilford Initiative (the work funded by The Duke Endowment and Blue Meridian Partners) and our other key priorities that are critical to the system building work.

Here’s what’s been happening in September.

Get Ready Guilford Initiative (GRGI)

  • Conduct needs assessment pilot in OB/GYN practices. The universal prenatal screening pilot will begin on 9/18. MOUs with the County and Cone Health are in place; staff and partners trained the clinical and administrative staff at our pilot practice sites where the screenings will be completed; and we held a final meeting with partners at the Health Department and Partnership for Community Care (P4CC) on 9/11 to review processes one last time.
  • Expand and integrate evidence-based programs to meet community need.
    • Expansion of Family Connects, HealthySteps, and Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) to meet community need is progressing. Expansion plans will be finalized in October 2018.
    • Engagement with potential future HealthySteps sites continues; new engagement materials have been developed and were tested at a practice on 8/29.
    • A new charter has been drafted to guide the process for EBP integration, which will begin this fall.
  • Build a culture of continuous quality improvement (CQI) within Guilford.
    • The 13 CQI cohort programs will complete an assessment the week of 9/24 to inform the development of individual Capacity Improvement Plans (CIP). Each program’s CIP will focus on the areas each program agrees it wants to strengthen: accessibility, family engagement, use of evidence, referral process, trauma-informed practice.
    •  The Community of Practice kick off will be held 10/30; participating programs will engage and network with fellow cohort members and work one-on-one with Root Cause coaches.
    • The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium will send a survey to member organizations the week of 9/17 to collect information about how the community-wide CQI technical assistance (TA) model can best serve local nonprofits/organizations. The survey will also be used to build a Guilford County landscape map of family/child services (prenatal to age 8).
    • The CQI Working Group will meet in October with new members representing a cross-section of community organizations. The group will develop the community-wide TA model and shape the strategy for developing a culture of continuous improvement within Guilford.
    • Family listening sessions are being held with Guilford Child Development, Macedonia Resource Center, YWCA of High Point and Hunter Elementary School to understand family wants/needs related to quality and data.
  • Launch community navigation and integrated data system (IDS) Design Team. Staff developed a draft navigation design and implementation structure with input from the developmental evaluation team at UNC. The team charter has been revised to coordinate with the EBP integration process. We are finalizing plans to launch a Design Team this fall.
  • Conduct rigorous evaluation process and build sustainability strategies for components of system-building work.
    • The Empowering Families NC Design Team is building an outcomes-oriented contracting demonstration project to improve child and parent outcomes among women experiencing substance use disorder during pregnancy. The team (15 people from 13 organizations meeting 2x/month) will share recommendations with 30-member advisory council on 9/28.
    • Staff has met with private insurers responding to the state’s Medicaid managed-care RFP to explore how Get Ready Guilford Initiative components might be reimbursable with Medicaid dollars in the future and to build collaborative data sharing agreements.
    • Staff worked with the external evaluation team from the Frank Porter Graham Institute (UNC-CH) to determine how the developmental evaluation process can best inform and support Phase 1 GRGI work.

Additional Key Priorities

  • Build responsiveness to family voice. Following a summer hiatus, the Family Action Learning Team will reconvene in October (delayed by a month due to Hurricane Florence). New members — families with children age five and under — are welcome to join this decision-making body that is critical to building a responsive early childhood system in Guilford.
  • Leverage and expand early literacy resources.
    • Our partners at Read Charlotte have launched a Home Reading Helper tool, which is geared toward families who are supporting early literacy with children from PreK (age 4) to third grade. Ready Ready is promoting these FREE tools with families and family-serving organizations throughout Guilford County in support of our Active Reading approach, which aligns with Read Charlotte’s approach.
    • Ready Ready has started recruiting Active Reading volunteers to work with young children and their parents.
    • Ready Ready is conducting Active Reading training for two audiences: (1) direct service providers and (2) families. Several trainings have been scheduled as a prototype so we can learn and adapt the approach as needed. Full launch will happen in January 2019.
  • Improve transitions, including PreK to K. A design team will be re-launched to address key barriers in Guilford around PreK to K transition. An initial planning meeting will be held with the Partnership for Children of Guilford County staff on 9/17.
  • Make high-quality care affordable and accessible to all children. The draft strategic plan has been delivered by the design team process facilitators. Next steps will be shared in October.
  • Build public will for early childhood priorities.
    • The Public Will Building Team is developing a strategy and supporting materials for the early childhood system building efforts. The group will meet in late October.
    • Staff is participating on the NC Think Babies Leadership Team to build a common policy agenda for prenatal to age three (PN-3) that will be supported by 20+ child/family serving policy organizations across NS. This work is supported by the Pritzker Children’s Initiative.
    • Think Babies Advocacy Academy will be held in Greensboro on 9/20. Staff will participate.

Other Important Information

  • Build the early childhood talent pipeline in Guilford. Staff and HealthySteps will serve as guest lecturers about early childhood system-building and social emotional development for an 80-student class in the Human Development and Family Studies program at UNCG on 9/27.
  • Collaboration and learning with Tulsa’s BEST team. Staff and co-chairs will work with the Tulsa BEST team (also funded by Blue Meridian Partners) in Charlotte on 9/25.