What is the Innovative Approaches Initiative?

The Granville Vance District Health Department is one of five 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.

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.

Innovative Approaches Fact Sheet: IA 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 Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs Annual Community Identified Needs Assessments and Snapshots of Success:

How can I get involved?

Join the Innovative Approaches Steering Committee or Parent Advisory Council (PAC). 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 2018-2019 Community Health Assessment? Are you a resident of Vance or Granville County? Are you interested in sharing your experiences, successes, and challenges as a resident in this community? You have two opportunities to let your voice be heard! Tuesday October 16, 2018; 5:30 p.m. t0 7:30 p.m. at Perry Memorial Library in Henderson, NC or Thursday October 25, 2018 ; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Granville County Expo Center * light refreshments will be served, registration suggested but not required*! CLICK HERE–Community Health Forums in Granville and Vance Counties

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.