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The Future of Care for Children with Medical Complexity Virtual Café Series

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 | 1:00 pm

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Join The Future of Care for Children with Medical Complexity Virtual Café Series to connect with peers and learn about topics that matter most to children with medical complexity (CMC) and their families. This interdisciplinary café-style series, led by the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health at the Boston University School of Social Work, offers short presentations by nationally recognized experts in the care of CMC, including family partners. The 60-minute sessions focus on facilitated, active group discussion aimed at advancing policy, clinical practice, research, and interdisciplinary education. 

Café 1: Where We Are Now & Where We Need to Go – March 27, 2024 at 12:00 pm PT 

The first café provided a brief overview of key topics, major frameworks, and emerging trends to advance the quality of life and well-being of CMC and their families through federal, state, and local initiatives. Participants discussed questions and insights into the care of CMC and together considered actionable strategies, resources, and leverage points for change. 

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Café 2: Humanism in Clinical Care to Meet Whole Child/Family Needs – May 29, 2024 at 1:00 pm PT 

During the second café in the series, discussants will share what matters most to families and present strategies to improve care delivery and mitigate systems-level bias. The program will then open to facilitated discussion exploring how to reinvigorate human-driven approaches to meet whole child/family needs in systems of care. 

Discussants: 

  • Dennis Kuo, MD
    Associate Professor, University at Buffalo and Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, UBMD 
  • Meg Comeau, MHA
    Senior Project Director, Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health, Boston University 
  • Bethlyn Houlihan MSW, MPH
    Director and Co-PI, Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health, Boston University 

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Café 3: Policy Opportunities – July 24, 2024 at 12:00 pm PT 

The third café will be led by discussants Aimee Ossman of Children’s Hospital Association and Lisa Kirsch, MPAff, of Dell Medical School. They will briefly share framing around the current policy landscape for children with medical complexity. Participants will then explore and learn where policy opportunities lie for both small and big changes at the local, state, and national levels. 

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Café 4: Research Priorities – August 21, 2024 at 11:00 am PT 

The fourth café will be led by discussants Jay Berry, MD, MPH, and Katie Huth, MD, MMSc, FRCPC, both of Boston Children’s Hospital. They will briefly share framing around the current state of research priorities for children with medical complexity, including family-driven measurement. Participants will then explore and learn where meaningful research opportunities lie to advance policy and practice.   

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Visit the virtual cafe series website to learn more about past and future cafes, and access related resources. 

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