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Early intervention 1.23.2012

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  • Good Morning. Good Morning. My name is Chris Ringewald and I’m here to talk about how about data, HealthyCity.org, and how they can inform your advocacy efforts. I want to thank Margaret Dunkle for inviting me to speak with the Early Identification & Intervention Collaborative for Los Angeles County. I plan to speak for about 20 minutes leaving a few minutes for questions if necessary.
  • Healthy City is a program of the Advancement Project, a civil-rights nonprofit. In our California office we also have an Urban Peace program that strives to reduce the cycle of violence, an Educational Equity program that seeks to expand educational opportunities for low-income children, and an Equity in Public Funds program that increase transparency, accountability, and equity in the use of public funds.
  • We know undiagnosed disabilities are a problem. As a Civil Rights organization we want to know are the effects of developmental delays, disabilities, and learning, behavioral and social emotional problems affecting communities equally?
  • Johnny’s Census Tract has a high rate of people not participating in the labor force. Lack of participation depresses economic growth and is related to increased costs on social service and other government systems.
  • If Johnny had been screened for developmental disabilities and other problems, he might be performing better in school. Other kids in his grade, who had been screened, have classes specifically designed for them, have a one-on-one teaching aide, or are more aware of what is inhibiting their educational growth.Los Angeles County has identified the degree to which preschool children who need special education actually receive it as a core indicatorof school readiness. – Margaret Dunkel - http://www2.aap.org/sections/dbpeds/pdf/High%20Quality%20Developmental%20Screening.pdf
  • Karen decides to speak with her counselor Mr. Marquez about Johnny. Mr. Marquez wishes he could do more, but he has hundreds of kids like Johnny on his caseload (Bethune has over 2,000 kids).
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  • He is one of dozens of kids in Karen’s grade, hundreds of kids in his neighborhood, and thousands of kids in his County. This is his story, but the larger issue is that not enough kids are getting screened at an age to prevent his predicament, and we can work together with his political representatives and organizations in his community to make sure this isn’t an issue any longer.
  • You can weave data into a story to make it more interesting, and hopefully I didn’t bore you with mine!You can use detailed information about schools, including test scores. With our public schools filter beta, you can look for schools scoring above or below certain thresholds.You can look up neighborhood population characteristics, ex. in school attendance boundaries.You can look up screening services, and coordinate screening training and programs with them. You can look up place-based initiatives to partner with. Some children from the school mentioned live in a TCE place-based initiative, and others live in a F5LA place-based initiative.

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  • Information + action for social changeThe Early Identification and InterventionCollaborative for Los Angeles CountyJanuary 23rd, 2012Chris Ringewald, Varouj Symonette & Mine Metitiri
  • …is an information + action resource that unites rigorous research, community voices and innovative technologies to solve the root causes of social inequityONLINE MAPPING TECHNOLOGY DIRECT TECHNICAL SUPPORT : www.HealthyCity.org Work ON-THE-GROUND to develop targeted research/policy strategies and web tools COMMUNITY RESEARCH LAB Training community groups to lead and sustain action-oriented research & technology projects
  • Healthy City is a project of… A public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement
  • Developmental delays, disabilities, and learning,behavioral and social-emotional problems…[affect] one in every six children across alleconomic levels, and all racial and ethnic groups.Margaret Dunkle“Improving Developmental Screening Through Public Policy”
  • This is my wife, Karen. She’s a This is her school. It located inmiddle school teacher whose first job ZIP Code 90003, and Loswas at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle Angeles City Council District 9. (home of the Mustangs).
  • Bethune is a low performing school as Nearly all students hail from low-measured by academic performance. income households eligible for free orMustangs are predominantly Latino, reduced price meals; the educationalwith a number of African Americans. attainment of parents is low.
  • Behavioral and learning problems caused by brain damage from prenatal alcohol exposure are mistakenly thought to be due to stresses in the home environment. Because Johnny is a boy he is 4 times more likely to be at risk for ASD.This is her fake student Johnny. Because Johnny is a minority, he is 2 timesHe’s a trouble maker and often less likely to have received an earlygoes to detention where teachers intervention screenings or servicesmake fun of his hair. He distracts associated with ASD or FASD.others, preventing learning. She also knows:Karen doesn’t know whetherJohnny’s very-low reading levelis due to developmentaldelays, or stresses at home.Johnny has no IEP, but she doesknow:
  • Johnny is in Foster CareChildren in Foster care are atrisk for having fetal alcoholspectrum disorder (FASD) dueto a 70% incidence rate ofprenatal alcohol exposureamong foster care children.
  • Johnny is at-RiskKaren knows that withoutintervention Johnny will be atrisk to drop out ofschool, struggle to maintain ajob, or enter the criminal justicesystem.
  • Johnny (a 6th grader) barely reads at a 4th grade levelKaren knows that Johnny is notprepared to read at the samelevel as his classmates. Hisparents can only help him somuch, since their primarylanguage is not English, andneither have a H.S. diploma.
  • Karen talks with the school counselor,Mr. Marquez (not a real person). He isway too busy to think about Johnny,but searches HealthyCity.org for anorganization to screen him.Mr. Marquez believes that a number He knows there are a large number ofof kids may be in Johnny’s position – deficits, like liquor stores in theundiagnosed and falling behind – community. He found 39 within theand wonders about resources in the middle school attendance boundary.community they live in.
  • He knows that many mothers receivelate or no prenatal care in Johnny’s ZIPCode, and the teen birth rate is high.In fact it is the 2nd highest out of stateAssembly Districts.
  • But Mr. Marquez also knows thereare community resources available.TCE has aplace-basedinitiative serving There are a number of healthJohnny’s screening/ diagnostic services in thecommunity. neighborhood. He will talk to Johnny to(So does F5LA) learn which to recommend.
  • So as you can see an undiagnoseddisability is not the same in everycommunity. Socioeconomiccharacteristics, and the availability ofservices are different in Johnny’scommunity.An Johnny is not the only one in hiscommunity who may not have beenscreened.
  • SummaryYou can weave data into a story to make it more interesting!You can use detailed information about schools, including test scores.You can look up neighborhood demographics, and compare them tolegislative district or statewide statistics.You can look up screening services, and coordinate screening trainingand programs with them.You can look up place-based initiatives to partner with.And so much more…Thank you! Chris Ringewald chris@healthycity.org