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.

    Debra Waldron, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH
    Tobie-Lynn Smith, MD
    Jim Hickman
    Robert Sege, MD, PhD, FAAP
    Michelle Foley, MPH
    Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD
    Allison Gertel-Rosenberg
    Wendy Ellis, DrPH, MPH
    Rahil Briggs, PsyD
    Paul Dworkin, MD, FAAP
    Kimberly Higginbotham
    Carol Weitzman, MD
    Witney You, MD, MPH
    Christi Mackie, MPH
    Tiffani Johnson, MD, FAAP
    Donna O'Malley, PhD, RN
    Stephanie Doyle, MPH
    Richard Adams
    Seth Scholer, MD, FAAP
    Stephanie Glier
    Melissa Winger
    Barbara Leach
    Nerissa Bauer, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Marian Earls, MD, MTS, FAAP


    Chapter Quality Improvement Project Advisory Committee
    The Chapter Quality Improvement Project Advisory Committee directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Screening in Practices Learning Collaborative.


    Tumaini Coker, MD, MBA, FAAP
    RJ Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP
    Sara Del Campo de Gonzalez, MD
    Deanna Reinoso, MD
    Marian Earls, MD, MTS, FAAP
    Kimberly Higginbotham, DNP, APRN, CPNP, PMHS
    Fozia Kahn Eskew
    Kori Flower, MD, FAAP
    Kate Taft
    Barbara Leach


    Technical Assistance Project Advisory Committee

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

    Nerissa Bauer, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Howard Dubowitz MD, ChB, FAAP
    Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP
    Julie Winkelmann RN, BSN, IMH-E (II), IBCLC  
    Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS, FAAP
    Donna O'Malley, PhD, RN
    Zoey Goore, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Paul Lipkin, MD, FAAP
    Gerri Mattson, MD, FAAP
    Melissa Winger