The Magic of Collaboration: the Dental Health Initiative/Share the Care and Immunization Branch Collaborate to Help Get Children Ready for School
Everardo Aguilar, San Diego Immunization Partnership, a UCSD contract with the SD County Immunization Branch, 9500 Gilman Drive, #0720, La Jolla, CA, USA and Peggy Yamagata, County of San Diego Maternal Child and Family Health Services Br, 3851 Rosecrans Street, Suite 522, San Diego, CA, USA.
Learning Objectives for this Presentation: By the end of the presentation participants will be able to describe how two programs shared resources to create educational materials for children and their parents to promote health messages.
Background: California recently passed a law requiring that children entering school for the first time have an oral evaluation as well as a physical exam and up to date immunizations. Therefore, there was a need to give parents a resource to assist them in getting their child prepared for school.
Objectives: 1. Educate parents on the new school entry requirements. 2. Provide parents with resources to access needed services. 3. Create an incentive item that will promote health messages to children.
Methods: 1. Evaluate and share resources available to create a final product. 2. Use a previously established character to create continuity and “branding”. 3. Create a product that would tie into previous materials with a recognizable health message.
Results: 1. Collaboration efforts strengthened working relations between Branches and served as an example for interagency collaboration. 2. A coloring book and other materials featuring a unique character named Presto, incorporate collaborative health messages for children and families to motivate them for a healthier life style and prepare them for school. 3. Materials produced have a branded look and a character which can be used for future materials to create recognition and confidence in the community.
Conclusions: Through collaborative messaging and combining resources, programs can improve outcomes and reach a broader audience leading to improved health of children and families.