About the Initiative

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​About the Initiative


The Screening Technical Assistance & Resource Center (STAR Center), is one piece of the Addressing Social Health and Early Childhood Wellness (ASHEW) initiative, which seeks to improve the health, wellness, and development of children through practice and system-based interventions to increase rates of early childhood screening, counseling, referral, and follow-up for developmental milestones, maternal depression, and social determinants of health. Funded by a grant from The JPB Foundation, the Initiative is working toward a system of care in which every child and family receives the screening, counseling, referral, and follow-up needed to foster healthy development.

The Initiative includes 3 major components:

  • The Screening Technical Assistance & Resource Center (STAR Center) provides evidence-informed technical assistance and resources to assist practices in implementing effective screening, referral, and follow-up for developmental milestones, maternal depression, and social determinants of health.

  • The Addressing Social Health and Early childhood Wellness (ASHEW) collaborative works with AAP Chapters and practices to measure, evaluate, and improve upon screening, counseling referral, and follow-up related to maternal depression, social determinants of health, and socio-emotional development using quality improvement methodology.

  • The multi-disciplinary National Advisory Board (NAB) provides high-level strategic oversight for the initiative and works to advance a national agenda on screening, counseling, referral, and follow-up.

Advisory Groups

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    National Advisory Board

    The National Advisory Board (NAB) for the Screening in Practices Initiative provides high-level strategic direction for the initiative and works to enhance child health by developing and advancing a national agenda on screening, including recommendations for cross-system collaboration, enhancing referral networks, practice transformation, and payment structure.

    • Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH
    • Zoey Goore, MD, MPH, FAAP
    • Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP
    • Brenda Munoz, MS (Parent Representative)
    • Debbie Chang, MPH
    • Ellen Perrin, MD, FAAP
    • Paul Dworkin, MD, FAAP
    • Robert Sege, MD, PhD, FAAP
    • Marian Earls, MD, MTS, FAAP
    • Jack Shonkoff, MD, FAAP
    • Wendy Ellis, DrPH, MPH
    • Camille Smith, EdS, MS, CPD, CLE
    • Amy Fine, MPH
    • Erin Stuart (Parent Representative)
    • Jennifer Frost, MD, FAAFP
    • Debra Waldron, MD, MPH, FAAP
    • Linda Frye, PhD, RN, CPNP
    • Whitney You, MD, MPH
    • Jonathan Goldfinger, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Learning Collaborative Project Advisory Committee

    The Learning Collaborative Project Advisory Committee (PAC) directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Screening in Practices Learning Collaborative.

    • ​Rian Anglin, MD, FAAP
    • Tumaini Coker, MD, MBA, FAAP
    • Marian Earls, MD, MTS, FAAP (Chair)
    • RJ Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP
    • Michelle Macias, MD, FAAP
    • Brenda Munoz, MS (Parent Representative)
    • Toni Whitaker, MD, FAAP
    • Jennifer Zubler, MD, FAAP

    Technical Assistance Project Advisory Committee

    The Technical Assistance Project Advisory Committee (PAC) oversees the development and implementation of the National Technical Assistance Resource Center on Screening (NTARCS).

    • ​Nerissa Bauer, MD, MPH, FAAP
    • Howard Dubowitz, MD, ChB, FAAP
    • Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP
    • Zoey Goore, MD, MPH, FAAP (Chair)
    • Paul Lipkin, MD, FAAP
    • Christine Ma, MD, FAAP
    • Gerri Mattson, MD, MPSH, FAAP
    • Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS, FAAP
    • Alison Schonwald, MD, FAAP
    • Erin Stuart (Parent Representative)
    • Roy Wade, Jr., MD, PhD, MPH