Like most 10-year-olds, Mia Vasquez loves to spend the day at a playground. Unlike most, Mia requires accessible play structures, which are not available near her home. Her parents felt frustrated by the distances they had to drive, and decided to take on the challenge of persuading their home town to construct an accessible playground. Through Project Leadership, the Family Voices of California’s advocacy training program, they developed the skills to mobilize the community support and funding needed to make Mia’s dream playground a reality. Read about their journey.
Learn about an innovative methodology using system-level data to identify children with health complexity, that is based on medical and social complexity, and how it is improving quality of care in Oregon.
California Nurse-Led Hospital Discharge Learning Collaborative
When it comes to quality improvement efforts in health care, nurses traditionally have been “brought along for the ride.” A new project aims to put nurses in the driver’s seat. An eight-hospital coalition brings together a multidisciplinary team at each hospital to create and test innovative discharge planning initiatives. Each team is led by a nurse, with the goal of establishing nurses as leaders with the confidence to generate change.
Children with health complexity face unique medical and social factors that impact their health and engagement of health care services. Health systems play an important role in addressing both factors to build health and resilience.
A wide range of issues must be addressed to improve the system of care for children with special health care needs. In a recent webinar, staff members of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health presented an overview of topics that are a priority and related work that currently is under way to improve the system.