Washington State Department of Health
Settings: High schools and Community Service Centers, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention, and Public Awareness and Education
The Washington State Department of Health will partner with two state agencies and multiple non-profit organizations in implementing the Graduation Reality and Dual-role Skills (GRADS) program. Partners will assist by providing an array of services to support the academic, economic, social, and health needs of expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and families. The program will implement statewide project activities through the GRADS program and affiliated child care centers. Domestic violence and sexual assault programs, health care providers, and community service centers will focus on regional and local community activities. These providers will deliver culturally-appropriate services that are specific to the Hispanic population in state.
Throughout the project, we will:
- Implement quality improvement efforts in the GRADS childcare centers to support sustainability and improve service quality;
- Expand developmental screening efforts in GRADS programs, both statewide and throughout a four county region (Adams, Franklin, Grant and Yakima counties);
- Implement the Futures Without Violence Safety Card intervention in selected communities within the four-county region; and
- Create a public awareness campaign encouraging families to access Help Me Grow developmental screening services that support healthy infant and child development, and promote health literacy.
Additionally, local communities will implement an evidence-based intervention that they will choose based on their needs assessment results. The program will update and expand the WashingTeenHelp.org website to provide teen parents with accessible and tailored information and resources. Lastly, a statewide stakeholder group will create a venue for educating community leaders about the complex needs of young families.