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Infographic: The Importance of Partnerships in Advancing Financing and Coverage

The Catalyst Center h as created a one-page infographic illustrating the importance of partnerships in advancing financing and coverage  for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). This infographic provides a  brief   explanation  of the power of partnerships and highlights examples of partnerships with important stakeholders.

This is part of a series of infographics exploring key focus areas in the world of health care financing and coverage for CYSHCN. These one-pagers are a visually appealing and easy way to share information about the system of care for CYSHCN with stakeholders. Resources for further information about leveraging partnerships  for CYSHCN  are listed at the bottom of the infographic.
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Happy Holidays From the Catalyst Team
Happy New Year's from the Catalyst Center Team!   We wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy new year. We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2019 to promote universal, continuous, and affordable coverage for all CYSHCN.

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Healthy People 2030 Public Comment Period Is Open

The Healthy People 2030 public comment period is open! The public comment period will be open through January 17, 2019.   In response to stakeholder input, Healthy People 2030 will include a streamlined set of national health objectives to guide the Nation's efforts to improve health. 

In this pub lic comment period, HHS would like input on the proposed Core, Developmental, and Research objectives.  You can review the proposed objectives, submit comments, or propose your own objectives during this period. 
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State Strategies for Shared Plans of Care to Improve Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Need s

As states work to provide quality care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), they're adopting shared plans of care (SPoC) to help enhance patient- and family-centered care delivery, and address barriers to controlling costs and ensuring quality. This National Academy For State Health Policy (NASHP) issue brief and accompanying blog identify approaches and strategies states can use to promote the use of SPoCs as a key component of care coordination for CYSHCN and their families. It also features case studies showcasing the efforts of Iowa, Oregon, Utah, and West Virginia to implement SPoCs for CYSHCN.
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A Spotlight on Diverse Patient and Family Voices

On January 14th, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing will feature Holly Forlenza, a non-verbal motivational speaker and her mother Eileen Forlenza, an  advocate for family involvement in health care as the keynote speakers for their Dean's Diversity Lecture. The lecture series was established to help equip students, faculty, and staff with the knowledge and understanding needed to lead the field of nursing forward in a global society. Holly and Eileen Forlenza's lecture is titled "From Try to Triumph: The Journey of a Nonverbal Young Adult" and aims to help show the value of patient's voices and family input in quality health care. 

To learn more about Holly Forlenza and her work, go to To learn more about Eileen Forlenza, go to  
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Five Top Tips for Engaging Families in Advisory Roles: Advice from a Family Leader

Teresa Jurado, a parent mentor at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford recently shared her five top tips for meaningfully engaging families in advisory roles.  Ms. Jurado is proud of her experience facilitating and maintaining a lively, engaged group of families whose feedback to the Health Plan of San Mateo resulted in service delivery improvements.  

Through a Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health project, Ms. Jurado offers her five top tips for meaningfully engaging a group of family advisors.
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This project (U1TMC31757) 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 $500,000, with no financing by nongovernmental sources. The contents 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; Project Officer Sarah Beth McLellan.