In the United States, access to quality health care, adequate insurance coverage, and the chance for lifelong health is unequal. This access varies depending on who you are, where you live, how much money you earn, and more. The impact of health inequities is multiplied for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), who have greater requirements for health and social services than other children and often face discrimination. We firmly believe that characteristics such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and abilities should not affect anyone’s access to needed resources and services.
Through our grantmaking, thought leadership, and advocacy, we actively and intentionally partner with grantees in identifying opportunities to address inequities in systems of care for CYSHCN and their families. We also work internally to ensure that our work is inclusive by engaging family experts from a range of perspectives to review grant proposals, and by providing resources that ensure our work is accessible to all stakeholders.