public health chdp




What is VC-PACT?

  •      A California Community Care Coordination Collaborative (5Cs) funded by Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health currently administered by Ventura County Public Health (VCPH).
  •      This project is part of a national initiative supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Federal Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
  •      The VC-Pact coalition serves as a resource to work on system gaps in services for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) and particularly addresses family strengths
  •      Framework: Five Protective Factors


Who are Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)?

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.

(Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau definition)

Why a Pact?

A 3-year study in North Carolina shows that effective care coordination could save $6 million by decreasing the length of hospital stay, the number of re-hospitalizations (55%) and the number of ER visits.




  •      All children have the right to grow with equal opportunities.

  •      All Ventura County children with special health care needs receive appropriate support to thrive and achieve optimal health, well-being, and harmony in their community.



Improve the quality and consistency of physical and mental health care for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) in Ventura County through collaboration, coordination, and a focus on strengthening families



  1. Increase awareness of programs in the county with key contacts to assist in appropriate and timely referral.
  2. Improve continuum of care by providing additional care coordination through case reviews to elicit system change