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NCPeds News Net-July 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017  
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NCPeds News Net
July 2017


State Biennial Budget Funds Fostering Health NC

Fostering Health NC is a statewide initiative led by NCPeds. The program promotes connecting children and youth in foster care with a medical home with the capacity to meet their special health care needs, and promotes the standards of care developed by AAP.

The Fostering Health NC model brings together local primary care providers, the local departments of social services, and the state's medical home care management network for the Medicaid population to better coordinate the child's medical needs, including age-appropriate social-emotional screening and referrals.

Since its inception, Fostering Health NC has helped establish state level policies that facilitate information sharing at the local level. The program leverages available technology to enhance care coordination, and assures alignment with the enhanced schedule recommended by the AAP for children and youth in foster care.

Original funding for Fostering Health NC was provided by The Duke Endowment and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The 2017-19 NC Biennial Budget includes funding for Fostering Health NC, and NCPeds is working with the North Carolina Division of Social Services to finalize the SFY 2017-18 contract.



Advocacy in Action

NCPeds' members have kept up advocacy, including on federal issues. Our President, Dr. Scott St. Clair, calls Sens. Burr and Tillis daily about the importance of Medicaid. Past President Dr. Dave Tayloe joined Bob Seligson and Dr. Paul Cunningham from the NC Medical Society to meet with our US Senators in person on July 13. Also on July 13, CMC residents Drs. Sara Itner, Krista Sirois and Tim Waer, led by Dr. Stefanie Reed, met with a leader from the NC General Assembly Future Caucus to talk about the importance of health care issues. Other members, such as Dr. Julie Linton, used social media in their advocacy.

All of these efforts are making a difference and are still needed going forward.

Meet the Staff
Christy Street

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Fostering Health NC Library

NC Peds would like to welcome Christy Street to our team!

Christy will work across the state with the implementation of the Fostering Health NC program.


Christy received her Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University and has worked in a variety of areas including maternal and child health, public health, and hospital settings.

Christy comes to us from Community Care of Wake & Johnston Counties where she worked as a Social Work Care Manager and coordinator working on Fostering Health NC. Additionally, Christy served on various Fostering Health NC committees.

In her spare time, Christy can be found spending time with her two dogs as well as surrounded by puppies as she is a foster parent for a local dog rescue.

Have a question about resources available to a patient in foster care?

NCPeds' Fostering Health NC Library can help. The Library is a set of resources to support the development and enhancement of medical homes for the state's foster care population.

Designed with three key audiences in mind - primary care providers, local departments of social services, and Community Care of North Carolina networks - the resources offer guidance on addressing long-standing barriers to collaboration and information-sharing.


The project's 40-member advisory team developed and vetted an extensive set of operational tools to accelerate access to medical information for children first coming into care, improve the continuity and quality of medical records for the foster population, and align care delivery with AAP standards.


To view the online resource library or learn more about Fostering Health NC, click here.



Dates to Remember

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.

  • 2017 Annual Meeting, Friday, August 18-20, 2017 at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville
  • Career Day PL-3, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham
  • Career Day PL-2, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham
  • Winter Open Forum, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst


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