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Learning and applying social skills can be enhanced or impeded by the environments in which children live and develop. Professionals, policymakers, family members, friends, and members of communities all can and do shape those environments. This issue brief outlines the potential to improve relationships and individual and social well-being by identifying the common skills and values that underlie each developmental stage and consciously reinforcing previously learned positive skills in the settings in which people live, learn and work.

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A new article in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care from the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center discusses best practices for supporting diverse membership in children's hospital patient and family advisory councils and advancing the involvement of patient and family advisors in hospital-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion projects and initiatives.

This fact sheet summarizes the results of a survey of nearly 650 caregivers of CYSHCN about their experiences trying to access pediatric specialty care in California.