It's a new year, a new decade and a new opportunity for Vancouver Coastal Health Public Health and our partners to better understand the need of young children in our communities.
To that end, Public Health staff are embarking on a campaign to recruit as many parents of young children (between the ages of one and two) as possible to complete the Toddler Development Instrument (TDI) – and we need your help.
Developed by the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) from the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, the TDI is a voluntary questionnaire that asks parents about early childhood experiences related to family, home and community environments and supports and barriers.
The data gathered from the survey helps VCH to address root causes of ill health, promote wellness and, build partnerships to support optimal early childhood development.
VCH has been involved in the TDI since 2014, but is focusing on recruiting parents in Richmond and Powell River as part of the second phase of the program.
Implementation has already begun in Powell River and now it is Richmond's turn, with the goal to reach at least 90 per cent of the target population.
“Having a better understanding of the protective factors to influence healthy childhood development is important to inform and shape public health services," says Chris Salgado, manager and interim director of Community and Family Health at Richmond Public Health. “I'm honoured to partner with UBC - HELP on this childhood initiative. Hopefully we can rally the VCH community to get the word out about this important survey."
The survey only takes 15 minutes to complete and there are prizes for taking part, so if you know any Richmond parents with 1-2 year-olds, help us achieve our goal by sending them to https://tdi.ubc.ca.
We want to get as many families in Richmond to participate in this survey and have already starting getting the word out through the Vancouver Coastal Health social media channels, so share the post and the link with your friends and family.