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Screening Tool for Low-Income Families: Bridge to Benefits

By Rachel Tellez, MD, pediatrician at HCMC

Rachel Tellez 2-1Nearly 15 percent of Minnesota’s children live in poverty, with children of color being disproportionately affected: nearly half of African-American children, one-third of American Indian children, one-third of Hispanic children, and one-fifth of Asian children live in poverty. Living in poverty can result in poorer health outcomes for children, including negative effects on physical health, nutritional status, socioemotional development, language development and educational outcomes. Additionally, more than one-third of Minnesota children (419,000) live in low-income households that struggle to provide basic needs and opportunities resulting in similar long-term outcomes, according to Kids Count.

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Developmental Screening in Culturally Diverse Communities

By Jennifer Hall-Lande, PhD, University of Minnesota
Reviewed by Maly Lee, parent partner

A key component to effectively working with culturally diverse families requires an understanding of their culturally based views and perspectives. Further, there is a wide spectrum of diverse cultural perspectives on typical versus atypical development. For example, common observed behaviors such as eye contact, social play skills, and a child’s activity level are all influenced by cultural expectations. Further, in many cultures, even bringing up an area of concern before the age of 2 may seem inappropriate or strange to a family. Other cultures may view the screening process itself as a way “looking for a problem.”

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