1 in 5 children in the United States have a special health care need. This National Center for a System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) is here to support these children, their families/caregivers and the professionals who care for them.
What We Do
The goal of the National Center for a System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) is to advance and strengthen the system of services for CYSHCN, their families and caregivers at the community, state and national levels.
The work of the National Center is grounded in the Blueprint For Change: A National Framework for a System of Services for CYSHCN. The Blueprint for Change presents a vision for how to improve the system of services for CYSHCN through improved equity, access, quality of life and family well-being and financing.
To accomplish this goal, the National Center will:
- Convene families/caregivers, youth, public health professionals, clinicians and others to guide all project activities.
- Develop and disseminate a Roadmap to support implementation of the Blueprint for Change.
- Convene state teams co-led by Title V and families/caregivers to test Blueprint implementation strategies.
- Provide technical assistance, training, and support on Blueprint Implementation.
- Evaluate all project activities.
Professional Tools & Resources
The National Center for a System of Services for CYSHCN is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,500,000 with no funding from nongovernmental sources. The information or content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
American Academy of Pediatrics