Community-Based Organizations: Critical Agents To Bridging The Health Care Digital Divide

Date: April 07, 2004 Time: (All day)
Event Type: Lecture

\t\tPreschool children who display disruptive behaviors that are consistent with\t\ta primary diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have\t\textremely challenging behaviors that are difficult to manage in group\t\tsettings. This is particularly problematic for preschoolers in center-based\t\tchild care settings as these children often times require additional staff\t\tsupervision as a means to undermine their disruptive impact on classroom\t\tdynamics and peer relations. The added demands placed on child care center\t\tstaff occur alongside of several additional factors that contribute to a\t\tcontinually stressed and fragile child care staffing capacity. Consequently,\t\tthe majority of these preschoolers are consistently thrown out of their\t\tchild care centers; thereby, requiring their parents to repeatedly seek out\t\tnew child care providers.\t\tDr. Levine's dissertation research, completed in August of 2001, examined\t\tthe nature of the relationship between providers from the child care, early\t\tintervention, and behavioral mental health systems. Specifically, the study\t\tsought to identify the inter- and intra-organizational factors that\t\tinfluence the capacity of center-based child care providers to include\t\tpreschool children with disruptive behaviors. Dr. Levine will provide an\t\toverview of her dissertation research and highlight its major findings. In\t\taddition, Dr. Levine will discuss the emerging implications regarding the\t\tuse of computers by community-based organizations as a means to: 1) enhance\t\tthe relationship between stakeholder provider systems that serve children\t\tand other vulnerable populations; and 2) increase consumer health knowledge\t\tamong low-income populations who are likely to have decreased access to\t\tcomputer-based health information. \t\t