United Hospital Fund, New York Community Trust and Altman Foundation Launch Second Phase of Early Childhood Development Initiative
United Hospital Fund today announced that it is launching the second phase of its Partnerships for Early Childhood Development (PECD) initiative, which partners New York-area pediatric primary care practices with community-based organizations to better address the social and economic factors affecting the health of very young children.
PECD was launched in March 2017 with funding from a collaborative consisting of United Hospital Fund, the Altman Foundation, and The New York Community Trust. The first phase of the initiative was designed to help pediatric primary care practices screen children ages 0-5 for social and environmental risks that interfere with healthy development, and connect them, through partnerships with community-based organizations, with services that can address those risks.
In the second year of the program, 8 of the 11 original partnerships will continue to develop and streamline their screening and referral processes and improve strategies for assisting families to reach needed services. Altman and The Trust are again joining with UHF to support the project, with the three organizations providing total funding of $709,622.
The funding includes support for UHF to continue operating a Learning Collaborative, as it did in Phase I, to provide participating hospitals and community organizations with resources, training, technical assistance, and a forum for sharing partners’ experiences...