ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –The Developmental Screening Initiative (DSI) New Mexico was recently featured at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Systems” conference in Elk Grove Village, Illinois at the AAP national office.

DSI New Mexico is a collaborative effort between the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability and Envision New Mexico: The Initiative for Child Healthcare Quality, both within the UNM Department of Pediatrics at the UNM Health Science Center.

DSI New Mexico was selected along with Rhode Island and North Carolina as a model example of a statewide initiative of standardized developmental screening as recommended by the AAP.

The AAP featured DSI New Mexico as a model for promoting developmental screening that is an evidence-directed, community-based, systems approach to change. Recognizing that developmental screening can occur at all points where families connect with the system of early childhood care, DSI involves medical, education and other agencies working with young children within the participating community.

DSI New Mexico is an Approved Quality Improvement projectof the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), qualifying pediatriciansfor credit toward ABP Maintenance of Certification, and is the only program of its kind being offered at this time.

The AAP meeting was co-sponsored by the Healthy Child Care America and Child Care Health Partnerships. Over 50 professionals representing 14 states, currently in the early stages of initiative of developmental screening attended the meeting, as well as the Center for Disease Control and AAP.

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