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Equality State Research Network

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2853

Email: esrn@uwyo.edu

Equality State Research Network

Current Research

Initial Research Study

In our initial study as the Equality State Research Network, we want to determine the statewide prevalence of screening for developmental delays and understand the tools and process(es) that are used in Wyoming. The most recent policy statement set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends structured developmental screening using a standardized instrument at 9, 18, and 30 (or 24) months of age1. According to the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, an estimated 30.4% of children nationwide aged 9 to 35 months were reported to have received a parent-completed developmental screening. In the state of Wyoming, only 25.3% of children the same age were reported to receive similar screening.

We know early identification and intervention are critical for optimization of both developmental and academic success2-4. So why is screening in Wyoming so low? What types of challenges are we facing and how can we overcome them to meet the needs of community members with developmental delays?

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Currently, we are reaching out to primary care clinicians, staff, early childhood centers, and other community members who would like to be part of this process of inquiry. Please let us know if you are interested in receiving more information about the Equality State Research Network.

Contact us for more information, or if you would like to become a partner with the network.

Project Proposal Submissions for the network

Future Research Topics

While a study on developmental screening is the topic for our first study, we recognize there are more questions to investigate and challenges to overcome with regard to healthy communities. Please let us know what challenges you have seen in your practice and/or community and offer ideas on what you think are interesting research questions to pursue. Development and sustainability of the Equality State Research Network is dependent on active participation and investment of ideas from all corners of Wyoming – geographically as well as across all aspects of health.

  1. Identifying Infants and Young Children with Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening. Pediatrics. 2006;118(1):405–420. Reaffirmed August 2014.

  2. Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press; 2000.

  3. Reichow, B., Hume, K., Barton, E.E., & Boyd, B. A. (2018). Early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Cochrane Database Syst Rev., 5, CD009260.

  4. Law, J., Garrett, Z., Nye, C. (2003). Speech and language therapy interventions for children with primary speech and language delay or disorder. Cochrane Database Syst Rev., (3), CD004110.

Contact Us

Equality State Research Network

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2853

Email: esrn@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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