The Health Matters Committee emerged from the 2008 Early Childhood Summit with the charge to improve the health of Oregon’s children. The Committee convened an early childhood cross-system priority action work group (PAWG) in 2009 to explore one of the committee’s priority areas of focus:
“To promote social-emotional development in all early childhood settings by developing statewide availability of health and mental health consultation to providers serving young children and their families.”
Documents are posted here by the PAWG describing a vision for health and mental health consultation, initially centered on child care settings, and recommending steps for developing a statewide infrastructure and services.
The Health Matters Committee, which is now a part of the Early Childhood Matters Advisory Council, continues to advance toward its early childhood goals and build on the work of the PAWG. Members of this work group are hopeful that their contributions will provide a foundation for continued collaborative planning and be an important component of quality in Oregon’s child care system.
Oregon's Early Childhood Health and Mental Health Consultation System Planning
The White Paper posted here, Oregon's Early Childhood Health and Mental Health Consultation System Planning (pdf), is a report to the Health Matters Committee highlighting the PAWG’s findings and recommendations for developing statewide consultation services in early childhood settings with an initial focus on child care settings.
The Appendices further describe the concepts referred to in Oregon's Early Childhood Health and Mental Health Consultation System Planning (pdf).