Welcome to the CYSHCNet blog. Here we share stories and perspectives of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), their families and caregivers, and our academic researchers. Interested in sharing your story? Email us. ​​

  • Research spotlight: Do caregivers of young people with asthma feel discriminated against?

    CYSHCNet researcher Stefanie Ames, MD, presents on social determinants of health and disparities for young people with asthma. Here’s the presentation on YouTube!

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  • What Does True Family Partnership in Research Look Like?

    Nikki Montgomery shares her experience as program and communications manager of Family Voices AND as a parent of a medically-complex child. An expert in plain language and health literacy, Nikki is passionate about helping families and researchers come together to engage in work that matters.  Tell us about the goals you have in the role […]

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  • New Journal of Pediatrics Study Examines Colorado Medicaid’s Paid Family Caregiving Program

    Colorado allows parents to be employed as certified nursing assistants (CNAs) for their children. A new network study compared paid family CNAs providing skilled care to children with medical complexities to non-family CNAs, looking at retention and hospitalization rates. It’s a model we speculate could address workforce shortages while providing income to family caregivers. This […]

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  • Member Spotlight

    Katie Freundlich, MD, Trusts There’s a Better Way How She Aims to Help CYSHCNet Move its Research Forward At age five, Katie Freundlich knew she’d be a pediatrician. She tried to consider other occupations as she aged. But when you know, you know. Today, Freundlich is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Monroe Carell […]

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  • New Learning Platform Provides Guidance on Implementing the National Research Agenda 

    It’s exciting to see more and more research focusing on improving health systems for children and youth with special health care needs. To ensure research and projects are well-coordinated, we developed an interactive learning platform based on our national research agenda on health systems. The online learning platform describes and provides guidance on how to […]

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