Health Check

The Health Check Program provides preventive health services, developmental screenings, behavioral assessments, hearing and vision screenings, and immunizations for children of all ages. Early detection and care can prevent health problems and lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment. The goal of the Health Check Program is to ensure children get the health care they need when they need it.  

Preventive Health Visit Components: 

  • A comprehensive health, psycho-social and developmental history 
  • Documentation of vital signs 
  • An comprehensive physical examination
  • Assessment of growth and nutritional status 
  • Assessment of immunization status and provision of appropriate immunizations 
  • Screening for vision, hearing, and development 
  • Laboratory testing where appropriate to age and exam findings, and in line with AAP guidance 
  • Oral health screening, preventive counseling, and referral to a dentist for ongoing dental care 
  • Screening for and if suspected, reporting of child abuse and neglect  
  • Anticipatory guidance (Health Education) 
  • Referrals /follow-ups where appropriate based on history and exam findings 
     

Healthcare Provider Resources:
 

  • Department of Community Health - Health Check Program Manual (Jan. 2024) 
    This manual provides information pertaining to the required screening components of the EPSDT program which should be performed in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Bright Futures recommendations for preventive health/well-child check-ups.
     
  • Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (2023) 
    Effective April 1, 2023, the Georgia Division of Medical Assistance Plans adopted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2023 Bright Futures “Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care” Periodicity Schedule as the periodicity schedule for EPSDT visits and services. 
     
  • Bright Futures 
    Bright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported, in part, by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). 
     

Page last updated 1/10/2024