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Promoting Telehealth to Address Barriers to Care for Children of Color with Special Health Care Needs in California

Organization: The Children’s Partnership

Primary Contact: Mayra E Alvarez

Grant Amount: $100,000 for 12 months

Date Awarded:


The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the need to use telehealth as a tool to facilitate health services for children with special health care needs (CSHCN), particularly children of color. Yet many CSHCN face barriers to care, and families often are not aware of opportunities to access care via telehealth. Building on previous telehealth grants to The Children’s Partnership, this grant will support improved access to care for families of color with CSHCN in California. The funds will be used to promote greater understanding and utilization of telehealth, and to build awareness and support among policymakers and the public regarding current telehealth policies and barriers, implementation practices, and recommendations for change.

Related Resources

This report describes the lived experience of families of color who have children with special health care needs in navigating telehealth during the pandemic. The authors provide key learnings and family-centered recommendations to make California’s health care system and the use of telehealth more equitable.