Summary of the April 24 Meeting

At the April 24 meeting we spent the first part of the session defining the scope of services available across the age span for specific populations of families with children.  (Click here to view a DRAFT matrix of the results.)  We spent the second part of the session brainstorming ideas for improving coordination of services.  We concluded the meeting by agreeing to explore the following question, possibly through a pilot project:

How can we create effective care team models with appropriate life coaches to address the needs of specific target populations that we think can benefit based on our experience?

In the context of this question, the group also identified a set of key insights and ideas that could be considered in future initiatives, including:

  1. The importance of fatherhood across all age groups
  2. Populations that have significant needs but do not meet all of the criteria for receiving services
  3. Quality assurance for home-based services through evidence-based practice
  4. Home supports for parents with significant health needs (e.g. significant mental health needs)
  5. The potential for non-categorical, needs-based services (e.g. ‘life coaches’)
  6. Sustaining and expanding capacity for what already works
  7. Education and navigation support for families with children who have continuing medical needs
  8. Incentive models for promoting adherence
  9. Incentive models for mentors
  10. Taking advantage of existing networks
  11. Building on existing care teams
  12. Taking advantage of existing community relationships (e.g. Housing Director’s relationships with housing residents)

Focus of the May 16 Meeting

In preparation for the May 16 meeting, we have been researching how other communities are innovating to strengthen services for children and families.  We are finding that communities are using strategic frameworks such as systems of care,  integrated child health systems, to guide the development of innovative, team-oriented service models for children and families.

For Friday’s meeting, our suggested approach is to spend the first segment of the meeting reviewing key insights and lessons learned from these other initiatives.  This information would be presented as context for designing a pilot project “care team” model for one or more specific populations. As preparation for this discussion, we encourage you to think about specific community populations that could benefit from care team models that include the full spectrum of services, as well as innovative ways for optimizing the coordination and delivery of those services.


Draft Matrix from April 24 Meeting

Resources on Coordination of Services for Children and Families (Administration for Children and Families)

Creating an Integrated Child Health System Using a Population Health Perspective (Grantmakers in Health)




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