Provider Training & Toolkit

Purpose:  Build the capacity of health care providers to effectively serve those with special needs or disabilities, so that they have equal access to opportunities to lead healthy lives. 

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  1. Promoting Health Equity for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs 

Live Training Resources 

  • Live Dental Provider Training (1 hour & 2 hour options with CE credits):  “The Importance of a Dental Home for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs. (CYSHCN)”    

       Contact:  Debbye Krueger    
                      Lauren Howard 

  • Live Community Engagement & Empowerment Team/Division MH/DD/SA Services:  “Dignity of Risk” presentation  (focus on recommendations for communication)


Online Training Resources/Children with Special Health Care Needs 

  • Online Making Connections: The Critical Role of Family-Centered Care in Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs    The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH) implemented this educational webinar series in partnership with Bright Futures National Center and the Screening Technical Assistance (STAR) Center.  Provides information about the impact of social determinants of health (SDOH) on CYSHCN and their families, including implementation strategies for addressing SDOH for CYSHCN by using components of the medical home model.  

        a)  Episode 1 (How CYSHCN are impacted by SDOH and review of current data

        b)  Episode 2 (Two states discuss how they are addressing SDOH for CYSHCN)

Learning Objectives

  • Describe data trends related to the impacts of SDOH on CYSHCN
  • Increase understanding of the medical home model in addressing SDOH for CYSHCN at the state, community and clinical levels
  • Identify strategies being implemented by state MCH Title V/CYSHCN programs, families, and primary care pediatricians to address SDOH for CYSHCN by using components of the medical home model.

Culturally Competent Care for CYSHCN

Providing culturally competent care is a way to address health equity for CYSHCN

Click “Culturally Competent Care” – Below are a few of the resources available at this link to help with implementation and enhancement of culturally competent care:

  • Language Access in Pediatric Primary Care
  • Strategies to Enhance Access to Pediatric Medical Homes for Hispanic Communities
  • Health Equity Resources for Pediatric Clinicians
  • Signage for Multilingual Healthcare Settings

“A family’s cultural background – including beliefs, rituals, and customs- are recognized, valued, and respected within a pediatric medical home.  All efforts are made to ensure that the child or youth and family understand the details of the medical encounter and the care plan.”  

Transition to Adult Care for CYSHCN

Promote successful transition from pediatric to adult health care to improve access to health care as they reach adulthood with a disability

Click “Transition to Adult Care” – Health care transition is the process of moving from a child to an adult model of care with or without transfer to a new clinician.  Below are a few of the resources available at this link that pediatricians can use to support youth transitioning from pediatric to adult care:

  • Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition 3.0:  Transitioning Youth to an Adult Health care Provider
  • Pediatric to Adult Care Transitions Initiative:  Customized Tools for Diseases and Conditions
  • Free CME Podcast:  Transitioning Pediatric Patients to Adult Health Care
  • Free CME Video Series:  Health Care Transition for Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Telehealth Toolkit for a Joint Visit with Pediatric and Adult Health Care Clinicians and Transferring Young Adults

Condition Specific Resources for Transition to Adult Care for CYSHCN

  1. Promoting Health Equity for Children & Adults with Disabilities 
  1. Strategies for Promoting Health and Health Equity for Those You Serve with SHCN or Disabilities
  1. Promoting Healthy Sexuality for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities