The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program is aimed at preventing health issues in children. This program helps children and teenagers stay healthy and discover health issues before they become worse. The program makes healthcare available to underinsured and uninsured children.

CHDP mainly aims to offer healthcare services to children in:

  • State preschool and Head Start programs
  • Juvenile hall and probation
  • Foster Care

What does CHDP checkup include?

The program works with various healthcare organizations and providers to make sure that infants, children, and teenagers get proper health services. The various CHDP providers can include local health departments, private physicians, dentists, or community clinics. The child check-ups offered include:

  • Health and developmental checkups
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Proper immunizations
  • Physical examination
  • Testing for vision and hearing
  • Dental evaluations
  • Tuberculin testing
  • Laboratory tests for health issues like sickle cell anemia, hemoglobin/hematocrit, urinalysis, blood lead screening, pap smears, and STD
  • Health education
  • Behavioral screening
  • Referral to WIC program for children who are under the age of five

These are the child healthcare services offered by the CHDP program. Children and teenagers from low-income families up to the age of nineteen who are not enrolled in Medi-Cal, children who are enrolled in Medi-Cal from birth to the age of twenty-one, as well as newborns to mothers who are on Medi-Cal are eligible to take part in the program.

CHDP program offers health checkups for:

  • School Entry Health Exam Form
  • Children starting kindergarten or first grade who need health exams to be enrolled in the school
  • Children in foster care
  • Children in sports who need physical fitness certificates
  • Children with history of perinatal issues
  • Children with developmental disorders

Timely health checkups are important for the proper growth of children, as these checkups will help find and address medical, mental, dental, and behavioral issues, as well as help to get the necessary shots and clear doubts on child health and care.

If you wish to know more about the CHDP program, various transportation options, low-income clinics, or to set up an appointment for your child, you can contact your local CHDP office or community healthcare center. They will be able to offer you more details about the program and assist you in setting up an appointment.

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    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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