OCCYSHN's MISSION is to improve the health, development, and well-being of all Oregon's children and youth with special health care needs.

OCCYSHN's VISION is that all Oregon's children and youth with special health care needs are supported by a system of care that is family-centered, culturally competent, community-based, coordinated, accessible, comprehensive, and continuous.


OCCYSHN is part of OHSU's Institute on Development and Disability. We are funded by a Title V block grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Our work is grounded on the following state and federal public health priorities:

Medical home: The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration defines medical home as "a cultivated partnership between the patient, family, and primary provider in cooperation with specialists and support from the community." Medical homes provide coordinated, comprehensive, culturally appropriate care.

Transition from pediatric to adult health care: Youth with special health needs grow up to be adults with special health needs. They may need legal, logistical, financial, and medical help with this transition.

Culturally and linguistically appropriate services: To be effective, services for children with special health needs and their families must align with their language and culture.


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Title V

Federal MCHB Title V Block Grants - Read more

Oregon's Title V public health efforts - Read more

Oregon's most recent Title V Block Grant Report