We address questions asked during and prior to the July 12 pre-application webinar for the Request for Proposals: Developing Goals and Strategies to Improve the Care of Children with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions.
The lives of children with chronic or complex medical conditions often are complicated by psychosocial issues and family problems such as poverty, poor parental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. This July 27 webinar highlighted advances in research and practice that aim to improve the well-being and health outcomes of these children with "social complexity" while reducing costs.
Three new awards from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health will support research on outpatient and community-based approaches to improving the health and well-being of children, particularly those with complex medical needs. The work, funded by the Foundation’s newly established General Pediatric Innovator Awards, will be led by members of the Division of General Pediatrics at Stanford University.
"What's in it for me?" That was the tongue-in-cheek response from Wanda Davis when she was asked how she engages busy health care program managers and providers in collaborative efforts to improve care coordination across agencies serving children with special health care needs and their families. Davis and two other members of the California Community Care Coordination Collaborative recently presented their work at the Help Me Grow National Forum in Greenville, South Carolina.
Ten years ago, My Flesh and Blood, a documentary about Fairfield, California-based Susan Tom and her 11 children with special needs, was broadcast. Since then, her home has undergone an Extreme Makeover, and her children are now adults. Read an interview with Susan discussing the transition of her kids to adult health care and making legal and financial preparations for their continued well-being.