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Dr. Joe Vogel, a pediatrician at ACMC in Willmar, reviews the Ages and Stages Questionnaire -- Social and Emotional screening tool, introduced at the clinic this summer to assess the emotional health of young children. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

ACMC pilot project aims to increase local capacity for supporting the emotional health of children

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Even the littlest patients need attention to their emotional health. A new initiative at Affiliated Community Medical Centers is incorporating social and emotional screening during the standard 18-month well-child checkup to assess how these youngsters are faring emotionally.

By screening more children more consistently, it's hoped that worrisome issues can be identified sooner so that families can be referred to resources that would best help them.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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