Congratulations to the Oregon Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) III core team, who recently received the Administrator’s Excellence Award from the state Medicaid Director for their cross-agency efforts to improve systems of care and access to quality care for vulnerable children. The team, representing Medicaid, Public Health, Education, Addictions and Mental Health, and the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership at Oregon Health Sciences University, is collaborating to better the lives of children by incorporating lessons from ABCD III into statewide initiatives such as implementation of medical homes, care coordination organizations, and alignment of early child education with health and community services.
The Wasington State Department of Health Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Program will be the 2012 recipient of the annual Duncan Award. The award is historically given to an individual who has made a significant and long-term commitment to the well-being of children with disabilities in Washington. This year, the award acknowledges the TEAM effort between the CSHCN program staff, both past and present, as well as their contractors and partners. Funds that come with the award will go toward scholarships for families, youth and health profession students who want to attend the Duncan Seminar at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Congratulations and keep up the great work!