Pediatric Residency Training and CSHCN
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EOHHS Teleconference on the Massachusetts Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Tool
Beginning November 30, 2008, MassHealth and
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) invites behavioral health providers and other interested parties to join a statewide conference call on the Massachusetts CANS tool on Friday, November 21, 2008, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration is not necessary.
During this call, Jack Simons, Assistant Director of the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative, Carol Gyurina, Director of Analyst and Contracting, MassHealth Behavioral Health, and other Commonwealth
staff will provide key information about the CANS tool, including
CBHI CANS Conference Call Information
Date:November 21, 2008
EOHHS welcomes continued input from all stakeholders and interested parties on the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). Individuals and organizations unable to participate in this teleconference are encouraged to e-mail questions and comments to: [email protected] .
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Welcome to the November issue of Consortium Outreach, our new, monthly
We regrettably said farewell this month to Linda Freeman, our Director of Family Initiatives and the Family-Professional Partners Institute. As we reported last month, the Institute's activities have been discontinued due to
With an historic presidential election earlier this month, there is hope in the air for better days ahead. The president-elect's health care and child advocacy plans promise health insurance for every child, an expansion of Medicaid and SCHIP, enhanced opportunities for youth with disabilities, the coordination and integration of care through "medical home type models," and support for independent, community-based living for Americans with disabilities.
Only time will tell the extent to which these plans will be implemented. For now, it's rewarding to see the Consortium's agenda for Massachusetts reflected on a national level.
In the meantime, I am pleased to report the following updates on Consortium projects:
As a first step toward this ideal, the Consortium's Medical Home Work Group and the Massachusetts Chapter of the AAP's Committee on Disabilities have released Preparing for Practice: Addressing Special Health Care Needs in Pediatric Residency Programs.
This new publication describes a 2006-2007 study supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which looked at what and how pediatric residents are taught about topics related to the care of children with special health needs. Faculty and residents at Massachusetts' five pediatric residency programs were interviewed about:
Findings are presented along with corresponding topical requirements for residency training programs from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Navigating the health care system can be challenging for any family raising a child with special health care needs. Families from immigrant and linguistic minority communities often face additional obstacles to finding the services their children need.
Opening Doors for Children & Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs is a research and training project focused on giving young people from underserved communities a better future. As part of Opening Doors, the Consortium has produced an informational brochure with significant input from a parent advisory group. Every element of Is Your Child Different? was determined by their collective experience.
Currently, English and Chinese versions of the brochure are available, along with a summary of the development process intended to help other communities replicate this publication.
Click on the image for more information and free downloads.