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Principles and Approaches to Partnering: A guide to working with youth and family leaders as Co-PIs




CYSHCNet National Research AgendaCYSHCNet National Research Agenda1.      Overview of the Agenda 
The CYSHCN Context: Policy and FundingDefinitions of CYSHCN1.      CYSHCN, CMC and children with disabilities (often important in policy-making; SSI functional criteria as eligibility standard) Discussion of overlap and differences feels important 
2.      Classification tools and their use 
3.      Data sources for different categories of children 
4.      Consider how special health care needs is defined through a cultural lens 
5.      What constitutes health and well-being? 
6.      Beliefs about treatments, interventions, therapies, developmental outcomes, transition, independence vs. interdependence, informed consent, how religiosity and spirituality impacts decisions about care etc. 
7.      How the concepts of intersectionality and multiple cultural identities manifest in children and youth with disabilities from specific racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. (Required)Cultural Competency Module
Funding streams for CYSHCN research?1.      Funding mechanisms, including HRSA portfolio of grant funding, of course – but also foundation funding, PCORI, NICHD, NIMHD, etc. Learning Modules — Grantwriting
(PAYMENT MODEL) Education on funding streams/barriers for CYSHCN/1.      Safety net funding 
2.      Mandated movement into Managed Care 
3.      “medical poverty” Family out of pocket expenses in new funding models 
4.      Medicaid: block grants, Waivers 
5.      Value-based purchasing and value-based insurance design – pros and cons re: access and quality 
(PAYMENT MODEL) Impact of Medicaid Payment models on outcomes of care1.      Managed care, fee for service, accountable care models 
2.      Access to services in these models: for CMC, CYSHCN 
3.      Quality of care coordination 
4.      Insurance / Medicaid Waivers 
Family-Centered Research: background, approach, and engagementHistory on Research on Disabilities1.      Role of Federal agencies: NICHD, MCHB , NIMH, AHRQ CDC, CMMS in agenda setting and funding 
2.      Role of State and Federal Title V CSHCN 
3.      Nothing about us without us 
CBPR with CYSHCN1.      Who are the partners 
2.      How to engage the partners 
3.      How to involve partner input in the development of a research question/agenda/direction 
4.      Larger “electronic Medical Neighborhood”—online community (see Improve Care Now) 
5.      The active engagement of culturally and linguistically diverse families and youth in all phases of research (e.g. design, sampling, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and dissemination). 
Engaging Family & CYSHCN in Research Projects (why it is important)  

1.      Partnering, finding a good fit

2.      Involving family in research design

3.      Assuring diverse family input: racial, ethnic, nationality, language, etc.

4.      Engaging caregivers, family and non-family

Family Youth Stakeholder Partnership and Engagement Module
5.      Engaging persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities 
6.      Engaging clinicians 
7.      Engaging multiple non-clinician care team members, including care coordinators and navigators (including community health liaisons and family navigators), and nonclinical community services 
Special Considerations with CYSHCN Research1.      Consent/assent 
2.      Data to policy linkages: how to shorten/narrow the gap? 
3.      Quality measures (or lack thereof) to drive research and influence national agenda 
4.      Need for diverse inputs, assoc costs 
5.      Consideration for the population of children and youth with special health care needs across the U.S., its territories, and tribal nations/communities. 
Youth, Family and Stakeholder PartnershipsHow to engage families and youth in research partnerships1.      A checklist/how to guide to engaging family leaders in the research processChecklist_Family Voices
Paradigms of CareModels1.      Medical home, etc. 
2.      Chronic Care Model 
3.      Patient Family Centered Care Model 
4.      Care coordination and integration 
5.      Planned care encounters: care pre- and post-face to face encounters 
Other considerations1.      Accessing specialty services 
2.      Healthcare Transitions (adolescents, young adults) 
3.      Self-management strategies 
4.      Implementation of topics above into clinical care –what works and can be made reliable, sustainable, spreadable? 
Community1.      IEPs/Educational Accommodations 
2.      Role of schools in provision of care, care coordination, and transition 
3.      Accessing community based services 
4.      Coordination of services 
Forming a Research QuestionPre-research1.      Lit review 
2.      How to write a research question 
3.      Project planning 
Sampling1.      Sampling frame, 
2.      Randomization, 
3.      Stratified, convenience, cluster, snowball, etc. 
4.      Inclusion/exclusion criteria 
5.      Population 

Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research


Qualitative Methods1.      Qualitative research and mixed methods: types of qual methods 
2.      Developing logic models 
Qualitative Analysis1.      Coding programs: Atlas.ti, NVIVO, Dedoose – when are they useful & when not 
2.      Coding: thematic, etc. 
3.      Data saturation 
Primary Data Collection1.      Survey 
2.      Innovative methods like photo voice 
3.      Focus groups vs. interviews 
4.      Interview guides 
5.      Initial needs assessments 
Mixed Methods Research1.      Design Types: Sequential Explanatory, Sequential Exploratory, Concurrent 
2.      Mixed methods v multi methods 
3.      When to mix data strands 
4.      How to communicate MM study results 
Data Sets/Secondary Data1.      Admin data 
2.      Big data: What is it? How is it used? 
3.      Publicly available data sets: what is available, how to access  (e.g. national survey data, cshcndata.org) 
4.      EHR  & EHR data 
5.      Natural language processing 
6.      retrospective data queries 
7.      Consent and issues related to data storing and redcap for PHI when using the EHR 
HSR Stats/Methods Primers1.      Propensity scores 
2.      Pragmatic Trials including stepped wedgePragmatic Trials
3.      QI research techniques: interrupted time series, etc.Quality Improvement Research Techniques
4.      Dissemination/Implementation Research 
DisseminationChoosing a Publication1.      Impact of publication, fit, impact factors 
2.      scientific writing and publishing 
3.      Working with your research team, guideline for authors; determining author order upfront 
4.      Disseminating research findings in collaboration with youth and families and in venues and formats that are accessible (e.g.  shared authorship, plain language, joint presentations at meetings/conferences)