Developing an Ideal System of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs
To inaugurate its work on improving services for children with special health care needs and their families, the Foundation in 2009 began a series of convenings with wide-ranging groups of stakeholders from around the state and the nation.
In this key gathering, families, advocates, researchers, health care providers, insurance groups and public officials spent two full days discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the existing system, the challenges of the present and the future, and the nature and composition of an ideal future system. At a follow-up workshop, participants built on a model of an ideal system developed at the first workshop and proposed projects for the Foundation to consider to move the system closer to this ideal.
The results of these two workshops were presented to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and guided the Foundation as it developed its grantmaking program.