What is the Innovative Approaches Initiative?

The Granville Vance District Health Department is one of four local health departments chosen to receive a three year grant opportunity that focuses on bringing together key community stakeholders to work on systems that impact families with children and youth with special health care needs from birth to 21 years of age. Granville Vance Innovative Approaches has expanded to include Warren County for fiscal years 2019 – 2022!

Innovative Approaches has 6 goals based on the national Maternal and Child Health Bureau outcome measure focused on the percentage of children with special health care needs receiving care in a well-functioning system:

  1. Families of children and youth with special health care needs will partner in decision making at all levels, and will be satisfied with the services they receive.
  2. All children and youth with special health care needs will receive coordinated ongoing comprehensive care within a medical home.
  3. Families of children with special healthcare needs have adequate health insurance and financing to pay for needed services.
  4. All children will be screened early and continuously for special health care needs.
  5. Services for children and youth with special health care needs and their families will be organized in ways that families can use them easily.
  6. All children and youth with special health care needs will receive the services necessary to make appropriate transitions.

For more information, see the Innovative Approaches Fact Sheet.


What are special health care needs?

Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are defined by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) as:

“…those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.”

Some examples include:

  • ADHD
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Childhood Cancers
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deaf or Blind
  • Diabetes
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart Disease
  • Developmental Delays
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • And Many More

Do you have questions about understanding Health Insurance? Check out this video that answers a few questions: 

Recent activities

Granville & Vance Counties Innovative Approaches conducts annual needs assessments and produces snapshots of success. See recent examples below:

Granville Vance Public Health Innovative Approaches wins NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Award in 2018!

The sooner children with developmental disabilities are identified and helped, the better their chances at academic success. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides educational tools and resources through a program called “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Granville Vance Public Health has created a novel partnership to engage parents by incorporating these materials into library story time programming and library outreach services to child care centers. This leads to early identification of possible developmental disabilities, which means that children can get needed services sooner. For instance, story time books such as Where is Bear? and Amazing Me, It’s Busy Being Three! are entertaining but more importantly, specifically address key milestones of development for two- and three-year olds. The stories give parents a better understanding of development for their child at this age in a fun and interactive way. The Innovative Approaches project will expand to pediatric dental practices in the next year, with resource bags containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and information to connect families to resources regarding developmental delay concerns. Young children are getting the help they need at an earlier age—when it can make a big difference—thanks to the creativity, dedication and determination of staff at Granville Vance Public Health.

See the NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation 2018 Child Health Recognition Awards.


 How can I get involved?

Join the Innovative Approaches Steering Committee or Parent Advisory Council (PAC) for Granville Vance and/or Warren County! The committee is a group of people from community organizations, providers, school personnel, and families who have children with special health care needs. Meetings take place every month. Contact La’Shanda Person if you would like to join.

Do you want to be a part of the 2019-2020 Innovative Approaches Needs Assessment? Are you a parent/caretaker (who resides in Granville, Vance or Warren county) of a child/youth with special health care needs who is under 21? If so please take a few moments to complete this anonymous survey:


Are you a provider (who serves in Granville, Vance or Warren county) to children/youth with special health care needs who are under 21? If so please take a few moments to complete this anonymous provider  survey:

http:// https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GVW_Innovative_Approaches_Providers

The survey will be available until September 30, 2019. Your input will assist Innovative Approaches to address what you as the community feel are the greatest needs for children and youth with special health care needs in our community!


How can I learn more about Innovative Approaches?

For more information, please contact:
La’Shanda M. Person, BSW, MS
Innovative Approaches Coordinator
Phone: (252) 492-7915 ext 248

The Innovative Approaches initiative is supported through the NC Division of Public Health, Children and Youth Branch.