We pair low-income children, birth to first-grade entry, with a Community Health Nurse and Family Case Manager for health care coordination (help accessing needed medical services, assistance with the management of chronic conditions, and preventive services like fluoride dental varnish); developmental education, kindergarten preparation and regular child assessment and monitoring. Their families receive services like anticipatory child development guidance, employment and education support, parent meetings and transportation. These services work to help build parenting capacity and to provide support to families as they set and reach goals and move toward self-sufficiency. CHIP is the only home visiting program nationally to provide a comprehensive medical focus that includes adult and child counseling, asthma and dental components.
We also offer supplemental case management services that target specific needs: Prenatal Case Management, Mental Health Case Management, and Asthma Case Management.
In 30 years, we have:
· served almost 25,000 children. If all CHIP children held hands, they would form an unbreakable bond stretching nearly the length of marathon.
· provided more than 4,000 dental varnishes.
· driven down the cost of healthcare by avoiding unneeded ER usage. The cost of providing full services to a CHIP child is $1,840 annually. The cost of one ER visit for a child is approximately $2,200.