A Path to Equity: How Care Coordination is Helping Children with Medical Complexity and Social Challenges

Last modified by Logan Green on 2021/01/18 18:03

The Neurodevelopmental Disorders Care Coordination project was designed to address identified gaps by providing consistent and formal coordination support for the families of children and youth with concurrent complex neurodevelopmental, medical and mental health needs. The project aims to improve health service delivery, and ultimately outcomes, for this population through enhanced family supports and care coordination that will better address their interrelated health, education and social needs.

We will share what we are learning through the project, as well as introduce you to some of our families via case study and an invited panelist.

Primary Audiences: 
Front-line service providers, 
Middle managers, 
Senior leaders, 
Policy makers, 
Patient/Family partners/advocates, 


  • Meridith Yohemas: Meridith is a Care Coordinator with the Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD) Integrated Brain Health Initiative at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She has worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital for the past 16 years with a clinical focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In her current role, she is supporting families of complex children with ADHD and/or ASD address interrelated medical, social, developmental, behavioural, educational, and financial needs in an effort to achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes. 
  • Gina Lachuk: Gina is a project manager with the Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDD) Integrated Brain Health Initiative at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH). Her role incorporates engagement, evaluation and continuous learning to demonstrate the impact of care coordination on families of children with complex medical, developmental, behavioural and social needs. Prior to her role at ACH, she spent many years working in both education and leadership roles with the provincial quality and patient safety education team. 
  • Genevieve Currie: Genevieve is parent advocate, nurse, researcher, and mother of two children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She is currently a tenured associate professor in the School of Nursing at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Genevieve draws upon her rich experience as a parent, researcher, and nurse in her program of research on the parents’ experience of caring for a child with complex neurodevelopmental disorders. She is presently a PhD student in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary studying parents’ experiences of caring for a child with complex care needs using narrative inquiry. Genevieve has authored several research articles on parent experiences with complex care challenges.
Created by Logan Green on 2020/10/27 19:27