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University of Iowa News Release

July 1, 2005

Child Health Specialty Clinics Receives $900,000 HHS Grant

Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC), a statewide public health program headquartered at the University of Iowa, has received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve health outcomes and life opportunities for children with special health care needs.

Fred Schuster, regional director for the Department of Health and Human Services, will present the award at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 in Room 334 in the UI Center for Disabilities and Development. The event is open to the public.

The purpose of the grant project is to improve health outcomes and life opportunities for children and youth with special health care needs. This will happen by encouraging and helping community services to work together in a more coordinated, effective way.

The project has three goals. The first goal is to organize community-based services to be more family-friendly. The second goal is to assure that all children and youth with special health care needs have access to comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated health care services by using the "medical home model," which refers to care that is high quality, comprehensive and coordinated. The medical home model promotes real partnerships between families and their health care providers. The third project goal is for CHSC to join with other statewide efforts to ensure that all children receive early and continuous screening for special health care needs.

When achieved, the project goals will create a system of services for children and families that functions more smoothly and effectively. Although the grant makes the project possible, ultimately the system improvements are expected to save money, since services will be more coordinated, health problems will be detected earlier and children will have better health outcomes.

A kick-off conference to introduce the goals and methods for establishing a medical home model will be held Sept. 9 at the Scheman Center on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Medical practitioners, other health care providers, legislators, insurers and parents are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the Iowa Medical Home Initiative Web site at www.iowamedicalhome.org; send an e-mail to imhi@iowamedicalhome.org; or call Susie Kell, learning collaborative director, at 515-283-9370, or Brenda Moore, learning collaborative coordinator, at 319-353-6172.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu;  Program: Brenda Moore, 319-353-6172, brenda-moore@uiowa.edu