Care Coordination (CACOON)
The CaCoon (CAre COOrdinatioN) Program supports public health nurses across the state. CaCoon nurses offer home visits in which they provide families with information and skills to coordinate care for their children with complex health conditions. OCCYSHN provides ongoing specialized training and supervision to the nurses.
Public Health Nurse Home Visiting
Maternity Case Management (MCM)
- Reduced Early Preterm Births for High Risk Pregnant Women
- Timely and Adequate Prenatal Care for High Risk Pregnant Women
- Evidence-Based Outcomes for Serving Children with Special Health Needs
- Medicaid Diagnosis Comparison between Children with Special Health Needs Who Did and Did Not Receive CaCoon Services
- Emergency Room Use Comparison between Medicaid Children with Special Health Needs Who Did and Did Not Receive CaCoon Services
- Babies First!, CaCoon, MCM: Evidence About Health Outcomes
- Webinar Q & A - Home Visitng Outcome Studies
- Babies First!, CaCoon, Maternity Case Management - OPHA Conference 10.14.13 - Evidence About Health Outcomes Presentation
What is the CaCoon Program?
The CaCoon program serves families with children from birth to age 21 who have (or are at risk or having) a chronic health condition or disability. CaCoon care coordination services are offered by public health nurses who are specially trained to care for children and youth with special health needs. Since family members have a central role in the care of their child, all services are planned around the desires and concerns of the family.
How Can a CaCoon Nurse Help My Family?
A CaCoon nurse works with your family and your child’s health care providers to do some or all of the following things:
- Help you find information about your child’s condition
- Screen your child for any concerns regarding development, nutrition, hearing, vision, or other health issues
- Partner with you to advocate for your child and family
- Help you family locate financial assistance to help pay for your child’s care
- Refer you to parent or family support organizations
- Refer you to local resources for early intervention - physical, occupational, speech, and preschool
- Work with any other service providers to address your concerns
Who Can Use the CaCoon Program?
Families with children and young adults, from birth through age 20, who have chronic health conditions or disabilities. Eligibility is not tied to family income or insurance status. There is no charge to families.
Where Can I Get More Information about CaCoon?
If you would like information or resources about specialized health services and want to know more about CaCoon, contact your local health department and ask to speak with a CaCoon nurse. You can also contact the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs office at: