CARE Project

The Cultivating Attachment through Relationship Education (CARE) Project is an AAP-funded project that trains pediatricians on early relational health guidance for families. Through training pediatricians and providing materials and toolkits, this project aims to improve parent-child relationships from the beginning.

Project Descriptions:

CARE Planning Workgroup

  • Lisa Cushatt - Iowa ACEs 360
  • Brandyce Frink - 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative, Iowa HHS
  • Michelle Holst - 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative, Iowa HHS
  • Abby Patterson - Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
  • Mary Nelle Trefz - Iowa ACEs 360

CARE Project Champions

  • Majek Olaleye, MD - University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Tabitha Wilson, MD - CHI Health, Corning, Iowa
  • Kortany McCauley, MD - UnityPoint Health, Sioux City, Iowa

CARE Project Champions Guidelines


QI Information


CARE Project Full Toolkit

Additional Resources

"Train the Trainer" webinar - Early Relational Health:

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