Family Physicians Help with Illiteracy in Georgia
In an effort to increase childhood reading levels in Georgia, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is partnering to increase the number of infants and toddlers who are screened and referred to appropriate early intervention programs. In a multi sector effort, DPH is collaborating with the Georgia Campaign for Grade Level Reading (GLRC) and other partners to increase the percentage of children in Georgia reading at or above standards adopted by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP).
Three focus areas comprise the campaign in Georgia:
• School Readiness
• Summer Learning and
• School Attendance
To accomplish these goals, DPH will engage public agencies, elected officials, nonprofit and community organizations, and schools. Using a community-driven approach, agencies and partners will promote and advance adult responsiveness to improve oral language, print and sound skills among targeted children.
The Department of Public Health and our partners will work to ensure that key adults in a child’s life are actively engaged in behaviors that can support the child’s future academic success. These activities may include early identification of developmental delays, ensuring the child’s immunizations are up to date, following up on doctor’s visits, reading to children, etc.
Together with physicians, community workers and child care providers, Public Health will train individuals to administer the nationally recognized Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ), implement developmental screening as a method to identify developmental concerns, and increase infant and toddler referrals to appropriate early intervention programs.
Public Health looks forward to working together to ensure all children in Georgia enter kindergarten healthy and are ready to learn and succeed. The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is proud to partner with the Georgia Department of Public Health on this initiative. GAFP will be reaching out to members in specific areas of Georgia to schedule Lunch and Learns on this important topic. For additional information contact Deanna Kauten, GAFP Public Health Consultant, at 800-392-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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