More than 25 years ago, Dr. Doug Pierce, pediatrician in Roanoke, realized that issues related to poverty negatively impacted children’s health and development. His idea was to send people into the home to teach parents how they can support their children’s health. The Kellogg foundation saw the wisdom in this approach and supported CHIP’s spread into other communities in Virginia. Other policy makers began to support CHIP’s approach through federal and state grants. Our outcomes have continued to show positive impact resulting in our ability to obtain fee for service contracts with Medicaid Managed Care companies to prevent preterm births and improve chronic health conditions. Children were born healthier, parents were better able to keep their children safe, and prepare them for school. Family stability increased and parents’ employment status improved.
An archived full history of CHIP can be found here