There is strength in numbers. Ten national organizations have come together under the umbrella of the Canadian Child & Youth Health Coalition (CCYHC) with a common vision to advance the cause of child and youth health and health care in Canada:
Established in 2004, CCYHC has as its mandate to advocate for better health and healthcare for Canada’s children and youth and for policies and practices that will help to achieve both. It does so by harnessing the collective expertise and influence of its members.
The Coalition links a broad range of experts and stakeholders across the continuum of child and youth health; nearly all children’s hospitals; all academic child health research institutes; a national clinical research infrastructure network; a national clinician scientist training program; all departments of paediatrics; all paediatric surgical departments; the national association of paediatricians; the majority of child and youth rehabilitation centres; many community and regional hospitals that provide healthcare services to infants, children, and youth; and 15 family advisory groups.
By working together as a national collaborative, CCYHC encourages the development and evaluation of models of quality care, promotes excellence and innovation in the education and training of child and youth health professionals, stimulates and promote the development of new knowledge, and promotes the uptake and implementation of evidence-based practice and policy that can lead to improvement in child and youth health outcomes.
The Coalition has established four overall goals to guide its work:
1. Encourage the development and evaluation of models of quality care for children and youth (safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable, accessible, and family-centered).
2. Promote excellence and innovation in the education and training of child and youth health professionals.
3. Stimulate and promote the development of new knowledge through research on child and youth health and well-being.
4. Promote the uptake and implementation of evidence-based practice and policy.