About the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Project
The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) has a project dedicated to children and youth with special health needs and their families. The purpose of the Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Project is to assist state Title V Maternal and Child Health and CSHCN programs and other agencies, providers and family support and advocacy organizations serving this population to design, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery and support systems.
The project is funded by the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs (DSCSHCN), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, (DHHS). The work of the project is within the context of the Healthy People 2010 goal 16-23: Increase the proportion of territories and states that have service systems for children with special health care needs.
The project has four key objectives including:
To provide technical assistance and consultation to MCHB-funded national centers that address the Six Core Outcomes for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs to incorporate cultural and linguistic competency into agendas, themes and content of national meetings, conferences, teleconferences, and webinars.
To increase the awareness and knowledge of programs serving children and youth with special health care needs and their families of culturally and linguistically competent evidenced-based practices (EBP) and approaches to service delivery.
To increase the number of programs serving children and youth with special health care needs and their families that develop culturally and linguistically competent approaches to the delivery of services and supports.
To facilitate knowledge development, information exchange, and peer-to-peer support to integrate culturally and linguistically competent approaches towards implementation of the six core components of a system of services and supports for children and youth with special health care needs and their families.
The NCCC utilizes the following approaches to achieve these objectives:
- knowledge development (including data trends analysis) and dissemination;
- creating and supporting a “Community of Learners and Mentors” to promote leadership and capacity building in cultural and linguistic competence,
- provision of web-based technical assistance,
- coordination and collaboration including convening an active advisory committee comprised of diverse consumers and key stakeholders,
- advancing the evidence by collecting, analyzing, and expanding the current body of evidence on outcomes related to cultural and linguistic competency in health, and
- the provision of technical assistance, consultation and training.