Community Report: Navigating Denver’s Pediatric Health Care System

 by Steve Vogler, MD, Pediatrician, Denver Health Westside Health Clinic, Medical Director, Reach Out & Read

Dr. Steve Vogler

According to estimates, over 90% of children in the U.S. receive at least one well-child visit per year in the first six years of life, while only 23.5% of 0-2 year-olds and 61% of 3-6 year-olds not yet in kindergarten are in formal settings with early childhood professionals.1,2  This unparalleled access to virtually all young children means that pediatric health care providers are well-positioned to help identify problems early on and provide or arrange interventions that can prevent issues later.

Non-medical, early childhood professionals are often called on to provide various types of support for families, including accessing health resources and navigating complex health systems. The Community Report: Navigating Denver’s Pediatric Health System contains a brief overview of the pediatric health system in Denver and was developed with the intention to help EC professionals, from child care providers to home visitors, better understand how to encourage and guide families through this critical support for young children.

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