Strategies for Scaling Effective Family-Focused Preventive Interventions to Promote Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health - Workshop Summary


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Over the last three decades, researchers have made remarkable progress in creating and testing family-focused preventive programs aimed at fostering the well-being of children. These programs include universal interventions, such as those for expecting or new parents, as well as programs targeted to especially-challenged parents, such as low-income single teens about to have their first babies or the parents of children with autism. Despite the potential for economic and social benefits, a challenge remains to provide effective family-focused preventive interventions at sufficient scale and reach to significantly reduce the incidence and prevalence of adverse cognitive, affective, and behavioral outcomes in children and adolescents nationwide.

The Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health convened its first workshop on Strategies for Scaling Tested and Effective Family-Focused Preventive Interventions to Promote Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health on April 1-2, 2014 in Washington, DC. The workshop featured presentations on and discussion of successes and challenges experienced by developers and implementers of family-focused preventive interventions that have been successfully brought to scale; considerations related to the implementation of preventive programs in settings—such as pediatric practices and schools—that are emerging as important points of intervention; and the role of intermediary organizations in scale-up, among other topics.  This document summarizes the workshop.