Children may have difficulty accessing the services they need  because of income inequity, insurance-related barriers, inadequate communication, wait lists, or lack of access to and availability of appropriate primary care.



Key Policy Issue Areas*


*Underlying all issue areas is a belief that system capacity must be built to address barriers to health services.



OUR COMMON VALUES for how we approach child health

  • We acknowledge that each child, family, and community is unique. 

  • We employ a developmental approach because health evolves over the life course, and is embedded in family and community health and well-being.

  • We acknowledge that health in infancy, childhood and adolescence affects health in adulthood.

  • We know that health and development are impacted by numerous factors, including, but not limited to racism, inequality, disability, isolation, special health care needs or immigration.  

  • We understand that investments in children and adolescents support the long term economic and social well being of our state.

  • We consider access to services a key component of health equity. 



  • We recognize that everyone - families and youth of all income levels, all sectors and disciplines - has a role to play.

  • We can reach more children and make real change when we work together.

  • We engage the people and organizations most affected by the policy in its development.

  • We encourage the use of data, including local data and local knowledge, evidence-based policies, and evaluation.

  • When they support health equity, we seek to enhance existing infrastructures, sustainability, implementation, and funding.

  • We seek to ensure that potential negative effects of any types of policies are minimized, and not borne by already disadvantaged populations.