Media Coverage of Children with Special Health Care Needs in California


California Health Report

Primary Contact

Hannah Guzik

Grant Amount

$150,000 for 24 months

Date Awarded

February 2021

Date Completed

May 2023


Improving the system of care for children with special health care needs requires public and policymaker awareness of key issues affecting these children and their families. This grant will renew ongoing support to the California Health Report to produce in-depth news and feature stories to generate discussion on policy issues facing CSHCN. Funds also will support wider statewide dissemination of the content produced, and development of a column written by a parent.


This grant highlighted the challenges and inequities in care for children with special health care needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on health care and social services. Stories covered many topics, including disparities in access to care for Spanish-speaking families, increasing mental health needs among children with chronic medical conditions, and home health nursing shortages. All stories were cross-published and shared on social media, helping to expand coverage and increase awareness.