Consistent delivery of child health preventive services is an essential first step to building a healthy future for Maine. At the same time, there is strong evidence that there are barriers preventing children enrolled in Maine’s Medicaid program (MaineCare) from receiving adequate levels of evidence-based preventive services. To help address these significant gaps in care, Quality Counts on behalf of the Improving Outcome for Children (IHOC) Program and MaineCare is introducing the “First STEPS (Strengthening Together Early Preventive Services) Learning Initiative,” a comprehensive effort to provide outreach, education, and quality improvement support to primary care practices to improve rates of Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) services. In direct alignment with the Maine Patient Centered Medical Home’s work to transform practice and to provide care that is “accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective,” First STEPS offers an exciting and promising approach to improve preventive services for children in Maine.

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Project Topics

First Steps Immunizations Improving Health Outcomes for Children Pediatric Healthcare Quality Vaccinations VCHIP

Supported through the following Organization(s):


Amy Belisle, MD
(207) 829-8444
30 Association Drive
Sue Butts-Dion
30 Association Drive