Act Early State Teams were created out of the Center for Disease Control's Learn the Signs Act Early initiative. State teams brought together different representatives from state agencies, higher education, hospitals, schools, early intervention programs, and advocacy groups to create a state-level plan to improve early identification of ASD and related conditions. I initiated the creation of a state team for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting as co-leader in partnership with Louise Kaczmarek of the University of Pittsburgh). I hosted the Act Early summit for Region 3 (including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia). I was subsequently invited to keynote the Act Early summit for Region 5 (including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio) and to keynote the meeting of the Massachusetts Act Early State Team.
I was awarded a 2011 Learn the Signs State Systems Grant from Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). The grant proposal was designed to lay the foundation for a more ambitious statewide initiative. The proposal described several unique components that integrated services, training, research, and policy through the development of an active statewide coalition that included state agencies, universities, and advocacy groups.
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for the CAR Autism Roadmap, more fully developed after my departure.
Act Early State Summits
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