This study evaluates the effectiveness of multi-sector Partnerships for Early Childhood Development (PECD) in maintaining social needs screening, referral, and service delivery for children during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. PECD is an initiative that provides funding and guidance to help pediatric primary care practices partner with community-based social service organizations to address the social needs of children and families. Findings will identify how preexisting and emergent partnerships have changed in response to the pandemic, and how these changes have influenced the resiliency and sustainability of services needed by children and families. Researchers at New York University are collaborating with clinical and community partners in the PECD collaborative to complete the study.
The study uses clinical and administrative data on screening and referral patterns from 4 PECD partnerships serving more than 8,000 families, together with key informant interviews with service providers and focus groups with parents, to examine the effectiveness of partnership activities in addressing child health and social needs.
Margaret M. Paul, PhD
Assistant Professor, New York University Grossman School of Medicine
Funding Amount: $200,000