Connect with and learn from others around the country on topics that matter most to children with medical complexity (CMC) and their families. This inter-disciplinary café-style series, funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH), will offer short presentations by nationally recognized experts in the care of CMC, including family partners. The sessions will focus on facilitated, active group discussion aimed at advancing policy, clinical practice, research, and interdisciplinary education.


5/29/24: Register for Café 2: Humanism In Clinical Care To Meet Whole Child/Family Needs


What to Expect

Each 60-minute café in this six-part series will take place via Zoom from March 2024 to December 2024. Each café will begin with a 15-minute overview of the current state of the field in key topic areas, followed by a 5-minute Q&A. The remainder of each session will focus on facilitated discussion to foster co-learning among participants that leads to meaningful systems improvements. We will share a thematic synthesis of each session with the CMC community to summarize the discussion and inform change makers in their systems improvement efforts. 


Who Is This Series For

Discussions will be shaped by an interdisciplinary faculty, the majority of whom identify as family and/or caregivers of CMC and children and youth with special health care needs. The target audience is intentionally broad, including pediatric primary and specialty care providers, researchers, family partners, advocates, payers, maternal and child health professionals, state and federal agency staff, and others.


About the Team
The project is led by Bethlyn Houlihan, MSW, MPH and Meg Comeau, MHA, out of the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health at the Boston University School of Social Work. They will weave in key learnings from the 2022 Future of Care for Children with Medical Complexity National Convening and the recently published Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Advance Care for CMC (CMC CoIIN) Pediatrics journal supplement (January 2024).



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This inter-disciplinary café-style series is funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH).