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WE CARE (Well Child Care, Evaluation, Community Resources, Advocacy, Referral, Education) is a clinic-based screening and referral system developed for pediatric settings. The 12-question WE CARE screening tool assesses needs in 6 domains: parental educational attainment, employment, child care, risk of homelessness, food security, and household heat and electricity. If parents say that they have a need they are then asked if they would like help with that need and, for food, homelessness and household utilities, if they are in need of immediate assistance.

Download the screening tool (PDF) . Many thanks to Dr. Arvin Garg for sharing the questionnaire.

Related publications:

Garg A, Toy S, Tripodis Y, Silverstein M, Freeman E. Addressing social determinants of health at well child care visits: a cluster RCT. Pediatrics. 2015;135(2):e296-304. PMID: 25560448. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2014-2888.

Garg A, Butz AM, Dworkin PH, Lewis RA, Thompson RE, Serwint JR. Improving the management of family psychosocial problems at low-income children's well-child care visits: the WE CARE Project. Pediatrics. 2007;120(3):547-558. PMID: 17766528. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2007-0398.

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