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NCPeds News Net
April 2018

Fostering Health NC: Improving Care for NC's Foster Children

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and, in recognition of this important month, we are highlighting the work of our Fostering Health NC (FHNC) initiative.

Since 2014, FHNC has worked to promote the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) care standards for children and youth in foster care and to positively transform medical care for nearly one-third of children in foster care in North Carolina by connecting these children to a medical home equipped to meet their special health care needs.

More than 100 medical homes and 60 (of 100) county Departments of Social Services (DSS) agencies are now trained and equipped with tools and resources to better coordinate care for children in foster care.

Since 2014, the foster population served by FHNC has seen increases in the following:

  • Compliance rates for well-visits for children aged 3-21 years
  • Rates for adolescent immunizations, including HPV for females
  • Rates for behavioral/developmental screening for children in foster care ages 0-66 months
  • Annual dental visits for all ages in foster care 2-20 years old

Led by NCPeds, Fostering Health NC is a partnership of pediatricians from across the state, Community Care of North Carolina and its regional care management networks, and many parts of the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) – Division of Social Services, Office of Rural Health, Division of Medical Assistance and Division of Public Health.

For more information, download theFostering Health NC Fact Sheetor visit theFostering Health NC Librarywhich provides online resources for foster care and medical home care.




Spring Open Forum

On April 21, NCPeds members gathered in Concord forthe 2018 Spring Open Forum. It was a day filled with great speakers and exhibitors, and we thank everyone who participated!


YourMembership Spotlight
Connecting with Colleagues

Are you looking for a way to connect with fellow NCPeds members? Have you ever wanted a way to reach out to your colleagues about a specific issue?

The NCPeds website is a great place to start. The website is an online community that provides multiple avenues for networking and connecting with your peers across the state.

  • Groups:Our online community includes group pages that can be organized by type.We are currently piloting a group page for the Hospitalist Committee and expect to offer more groups soon.
  • Career Center:If you’re looking for a job or looking for a candidate to fill a job, the career center is a great place to start. From physicians and nurses to accounting and management, the Career Center offers a wide range of job openings in various fields related to pediatric medicine. And, it’s free for members to access and post positions.
  • Find Members:Using the NCPeds website, you can search for members by name or in your area simply by logging into the secure member portal.


Meet the Fostering Health NC Staff

We recently welcomed two new faces to our Fostering Health NC staff.We are excited to introduce Lena Harris and Molly Schloss who are serving as our new Program Implementation Specialists.


In these roles, Lena and Molly will be partnering with public and private agencies to provide training and technical assistance to implement the Fostering Health model, with the hope of achieving better healthcare outcomes for youth in foster care in North Carolina.

Lena Harris


Molly Schloss

With a background in child welfare and social work, Lena Harris joins Fostering Health NC following four years with the Orange County Department of Social Services.

“I’ve always had a personal interest in serving the foster population in every capacity I can,” Lena said. “I enjoy just being able to support children in their healthy development and overall well-being through this position. I look forward to creating avenues for them to feel empowered and equipped to reap the benefits of coordinated, continuous health care. I’m excited to be here!”

Lena received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Johns Hopkins University and her master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Molly Schloss joins Fostering Health NC after working with private mental health agencies including her most recent position as foster care supervisor with the Children’s Hope Alliance. She has experience working with youth and their families in residential treatment settings and outpatient community programs.

“I have personally witnessed how fragmented care for youth in foster care can be, and I hope to collaborate with our state, county and regional partners to create better healthcare outcomes, trauma-informed care, and overall increased well-being for youth in foster care,” Molly said.

Molly graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.


Dates to Remember

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.

  • White Coat Wednesday,Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the North Carolina Medical Society in Raleigh
  • Annual Meeting,Friday, September 14 - Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach


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