This work has three goals with the overarching aim of supporting local and statewide efforts to create actionable momentum in communities and systems to focus on children with health complexity (age 0-through 17 years old), a concept based on medical and social factors (including family environment), and identifying best match services to equip families with the resources they need in order for their children to thrive.
- Goal #1: Galvanize Community-Level Engagement on Children with Health Complexity (including children with developmental, behavioral and social delays) and Facilitate Cross-Sector Stakeholder Input on Priority Areas to Focus Improvement Efforts
- Goal #2: In Communities Identified Within the Activities of Goal #1: Technical Assistance, Facilitation, & Tool Provision Aligned with Priority Areas Identified (Two to three communities)
- Goal #3: Engage System-Level Leaders on Findings Specific to Children 0-5 and Implications for the Health Aspects of Kindergarten Readiness (HAKR) Metrics Focused on Social-Emotional Health & Follow-Up to Developmental Screening
OPIP recently had the opportunity to lead a meeting on Galvanizing Action for Children with Health Complexity in Douglas County (add internal link to presentations page). This meeting was hosted by The Ford Family Foundation and supported by services of local community partners who are part of the Douglas County Steering Committee. This meeting provided the opportunity to work toward four objectives:
- To provide an overview of the child health complexity data specific to Douglas County
- To hear from parents on needs of children with health complexity and priorities for improvement
- To obtain community-level consensus on the need for action
- To obtain community-level input on design parameters for work moving forward and potential priorities for the areas of focus
OPIP plans to explore opportunities for future collaboration with the Douglas County community and will be continuing to engage in community partners to work toward achieving measurable change in supports for children who experience health complexity.
This work is supported by The Ford Family Foundation. The Ford Family Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its mission is “successful citizens and vital rural communities” in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a Scholarship office in Eugene.