News from Project LAUNCH

Project LAUNCH is preparing for the final 6 months of the grant cycle.  The state and local councils have paired with the evaluation team from the  Voinovich School at Ohio University to collect data outcomes for the past 4 1/2 years.  Harvey Doremus at the Ohio Department of Health presented the preliminary findings to the Project LAUNCH state council on Monday, February 3, 2014.  Aimee Collins and Dawn Graham are meeting with various regional agencies to discuss how the findings will contribute to future sustainability efforts.

Preliminary evaluation findings include:

  •  Over 12,400 child and family screenings have been conducted throughout the past 4 1/2 years in the regional primary care practices and other sites.
  • Over 500 separate trainings have been conducted through LAUNCH, many of which are evidence based practices leading to higher quality of care.
  • Improved infrastructure between local and state agencies has resulted in increased human capital and financial resources brought into the region.

Harvey Doremus and Dawn Graham have been asked to present "Words of Wisdom" at the final LAUNCH grantee meeting held in Bethesda, MD in April 2014. This national grantee meeting is held yearly and will assist the team in sustainability approaches and region-wide spread.

Over 20 healthcare professionals representing various agencies around the region have been attending The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics training for trauma informed care, led by Dr. Bruce Perry. This training series emphasizes the biological emphasis to treating children who have suffered trauma using a developmental approach to care. The fourth training session is February 21, 2014 at the Innovation Center in Athens.

The Family Navigator Return on Investment Study was concluded and documented by Dr. William Custer of Georgia State University.  The preliminary findings suggest that for every $1 invested in the health of young children through these coordination efforts, approximately $4 in savings has resulted in medical and societal costs.