Alisa Rosillo has two teenage sons who use wheelchairs, but she hasn’t let these challenges slow her family down. In 2007, the Concord, CA, mom helped pass a state law to curb the abuse of disabled parking spots. Now she has another bill sitting on the Governor’s desk.
In an essay that includes her fantasy of an ideal Boot Camp to train parents to be advocates, Juno Duenas, long-time executive director of Support for Families, suggests that parents become the partner they would like to have: informed and educated, with healthy inner resources and a really good sense of humor.
Public health nurse Janine Woods has an insider’s view of the unique challenges faced by foster children with special health care needs—and the social welfare and medical professionals trying to help them.
As president and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association, Ann-Louise Kuhns usually has children with special health care needs on her mind, but never more than now when the California Children’s Services program is undergoing a major transformation and funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program remains uncertain.
Sometimes, all a family needs is a phone call on their behalf. Sometimes, an entire health care system needs to change. Amy Breedlove navigates the space between those two extremes as she coordinates care for children who are among the most medically complex in California’s Central Valley.
At Caring Corner, a pediatric day health center in Bakersfield, nursing director Meg Molloy oversees care for dozens of medically fragile children – “but we don’t treat them like they’re sick,” she says.
Whether it’s CCS, CHGME, DSH or ACA, Tim Curley follows them all. With years of experience in federal and state health policy, he keeps a close eye on the politics of paying for children’s health care, including trends in Medicaid and managed care policy that deeply affect children with special health care needs and their caregivers.