Comprehensive, integrated, high-quality maternal and early childhood systems can set children and families on a trajectory for success. It is critical to support those systems so they can improve child development and family health and well-being outcomes.
The Health Resources and Services Administration established the Early Childhood Systems Technical Assistance and Coordination Center (ECS-TACC) to support states in developing and strengthening integrated prenatal-to-three systems that are equitable, sustainable, and family centered. ECS-TACC helps build the capacity of state awardees in systems change, performance measurement, evaluation, and quality improvement.
As part of a team led by Altarum, JBA provides responsive technical assistance and related resources backed by expertise in continuous quality improvement (CQI). Key resources include key driver diagrams and CQI change packages—evidence-informed collections of actionable ideas that are known to produce a desired result in a process or system. We are also helping states design and implement evaluations.
The resources developed through this project may be useful for many organizations working within maternal and early childhood systems, which encompass home visiting, early care and education, family and social supports, income assistance and basic needs, child welfare, employment training and education, Medicaid, federally qualified health centers, health systems, hospitals, clinics, private practices, obstetricians, gynecologists, pediatricians, family practice physicians, advanced practice providers, community health workers, doulas, dental providers, mental and behavioral health professionals, substance use disorder professionals, and postpartum support or recreation groups.
Julie Leis, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Julie Leis has nearly 20 years of experience in applied research and program evaluation in the areas of home visiting, mental health, and child development...
Susan Zaid, M.A.
Susan Zaid brings more than 20 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance in the areas of...
Tonya Bibbs, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Tonya Bibbs has more than 20 years of experience in applied social science research, program evaluation, and research design. She brings to JBA skills in ...
Continuous Quality Improvement Associate
Hannah Simmons has 15 years of experience engaging government, early childhood, health, and community partners in cross-sector collaboration for systems...
- Heather Johnson, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. Research Associate
- Susan Higman, Ph.D., M.A. Senior Research Associate
- Katie Sacca Brennan, M.P.H. Research Associate
- Jessica Bruning, M.S. Research Associate
Altarum, Change Matrix, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, Morehouse School of Medicine Center for Maternal Health Equity