Research Report Implementing Best Start LA: Continued Commitment in the Midst of Persistent Challenges
Sarah Benatar, Ian Hill, Fiona Adams
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Best Start LA-a place-based investment designed to improve the well-being, development and care experienced by children ages five and under-has gained momentum in its third year and become more firmly established in the downtown Los Angeles pilot community, according to the third case study of a longitudinal evaluation of the initiative. Home visiting through Welcome Baby! has emerged as the strongest intervention being implemented through Best Start LA in the "pilot community" and could serve as a model throughout Los Angeles County. Community-level investments have also become more productive, as evidenced by the funding of two rounds of "collaborative partner" grants supporting a range of strategies to enhance community services and supports. Systems-level work has been deemphasized in the past year to allow for more focus on promising Welcome Baby! and community strategies.
Research Areas Health and health care Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Children and youth Immigrants and immigration
Tags Health care delivery and payment Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  Child care Children's health and development Health insurance
Policy Centers Health Policy Center