Key Topics in Healthcare Delivery for Children in Foster Care
Methods: Each of the three papers focuses on a different a topic in healthcare delivery for foster children. Each study uses an observational design to examine health and mental health service use for distinct populations including a national sample of children in foster care, a population of Medicaid children in one state, and a sample of youth aging out of foster care in three Midwestern states. The papers will use regression analysis to examine the factors associated with healthcare service use including: mental health services, immunization, well-child visits, ER visits, and hospitalization.
Results: The first paper will use nationally representative data to examine the interaction of chronic conditions with type of placement on the access to health care for children entering kinship care or traditional foster care. The second paper will identify the effect of healthcare delivery in a medical home model for children in foster care by comparing them with other Medicaid eligible children not exposed to a medical home. The third paper examines the continuity of care with respect to the receipt of mental health services for young adults in foster care as they transition to adulthood.
Conclusions: The symposium will provide attendees with a clear understanding of the three key factors impacting current healthcare delivery for children in foster care.