Executive Summary

The Preventive Health Collaborative’s Early Childhood Wellness Plan (ECWP) 2016-220 provides PHC partners and Comprehensive Early Childhood Development System stakeholders, advocates, & decision makers with an easy way to track the health and wellness of children ages 0-5 in Maricopa County.

The ECWP is divided into six health focus areas, various indicators per health focus area, and a list of best and promising practices per area. The six health focus areas are:

  • Access to Care
  • Developmental and Mental Health
  • Injury Prevention
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Oral Health
  • Prenatal and Newborn Health

The Early Childhood Wellness Plan (ECWP) 2016-2020 performs three functions:

Provides a Shared Measurement System. The ECWP provides a clearinghouse of indicators that our partners have identified as priority areas to track as we measure our impact.

Provides Direction. The ECWP provides targets for 2020. As the PHC keeps track of these indicators throughout the next four years, we will be able to assess which indicators are improving and which ones are not. This provides our collaborative the ability to make data-driven decisions on where to invest our energy and resources.

Inform our Partners on Nationally-Recognized Best and Promising Practices. The ECWP will provide information on evidence-based and promising programs that our partners can implement in order to collectively improve our ECWP health indicators.

The PHC ECWP 2016-2020 is a living document that provides the information necessary to make informed decisions by our policy makers, planners, providers and advocates. The indicators and best practices will be continually updated to provide our partners with the most up-to-date information possible.

The Preventive Health Collaborative (PHC) is dedicated to improving the health of children in Maricopa County and working collectively to address the social determinants of health that impact the wellbeing of our children and their families. For more information on the PHC, and to find out how to get involved, please visit www.Setforlifeaz.org