Strengthening Health Outcomes for Foster Children

Children in out-of-home care face a unique set of circumstances that put
them at risk for untreated and undiagnosed chronic and acute health conditions. This study found that children in out-of-home care show a substantially higher prevalence of almost all physical and mental health conditions than their non-out-of-home care Medicaid counterparts and the general child population in Wisconsin.

To make recommendations for developing a program to address these health inequalities, this study analyzed statewide child Medicaid data to determine the disparities between foster children and the Medicaid child population in their access to health care. According to the analysis, foster children have significant routine physical and mental health needs that any effective comprehensive model of care must address. Based on the analysis, the authors offer specific recommendations for the implementation of the Foster Care Medical Home project.

You can read more about it here.

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