CHIP provides services through a home
visiting model using a case management approach. Services are provided
by a CHIP team of a public health nurse and outreach worker who work in
partnership with the family and service providers to help each family
reach full potential.
- CHIP is committed to
the philosophy that the promotion of wellness and the improvement of
health for children begin with a medical home that provides accessible,
continuous, comprehensive, family centered, coordinated, and
compassionate health care to infants and children. Traditionally,
children from low-income families do not have medical homes but instead
receive fragmented, limited, and sporadic services from clinics and
hospital emergency rooms. CHIP sites work with families and communities
to ensure that each child (0-6) and their older siblings are able to
access and use a medical home.
- CHIP provides
coordinated health supervision that promotes wellness, prevents illness
and injury, and enhances normal growth and development. These CHIP
services complement the efforts of the medical home.
- CHIP is committed to
addressing the complex social needs through partnering with families
and other community programs. CHIP family support services build on the
strengths of caregivers to provide for the total well-being of their
- We value families, recognize their unique
qualities, and build on family strengths.
value children and work to enhance each child’s potential.
believe in and support the capacity of families to provide for the
well-being of their children.
believe in the value of a medical home for all children, to promote
wellness and improve the health status of children and their families.
believe that the multifaceted needs of low-income families are best
addressed through a family-centered, comprehensive, coordinated,
believe that, when provided with knowledge and the resources to act on
that knowledge, families will have the power to make positive life
decisions for their members and to make a contribution to their
- CHIP staff members
work with the family to complete a strengths-based family needs
assessment that identifies the attributes, skills and resources that
each family can use as a foundation on which to build. CHIP staff
members assist each family in setting goals, then develop plans to meet
referred family who meets the eligibility criteria may choose to
participate in CHIP, (based on available capacity) and may decline CHIP
services at any time.
- Has one or more children between birth and
six years old, or is expecting a baby
- Has an income level at or below 200% of the
federal poverty level
in a locality with a CHIP program
Services to assess
family and child strengths and needs, leading to the development of
family service plans. Assessments include child health, development,
and safety; family wellness and stability; parent work experience and
- Services to assist parents in acquiring parenting
skills, learning about growth and development, promoting the health and
well-being of their families, and increasing self-sufficiency.
- Activities to ensure that necessary services are
received by families, and are effective in meeting their needs.
- Services that link families to available community
resources and ensure connection to appropriate community agencies.