Working together to improve the health and health care of Canada's Children and Youth

Background & Goals

There is strength in numbers.  Eleven 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.

Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC);
Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP);
Canadian Families Advisory Network (CFAN);
Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS);
Maternal Infant Child & Youth Research Network (MICYRN);
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC);
The Council of Canadian Child Health Research (CCCHR);
Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC);
Paediatric Surgical Chiefs of Canada (PSCC);
The Sandbox Project;
Unicef Canada
 

Established in 2004, the Coalition links 17 participating academic health centres across the country, and unites a broad range of experts and stakeholders across the continuum of child and youth health including 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; all children’s hospitals; the majority of child and youth rehabilitation centres; many community and regional hospitals that provide healthcare services to infants, children, and youth; over 30 child and youth focused mental health organizations; a leading national child and youth injury prevention organization; and 15 family advisory groups. 

The CCYHC is collaborative and consensus-driven.   While each of the Coalition members holds distinct mandates, they share many common goals and objectives.  The collective mandate of CCYHC is to aid in the advocacy of national child and youth health, healthcare and policy issues and decisions that will benefit from the collective expertise and influence of its members. By working together as a national collaborative, CCYHC has an unparalleled capacity to inform the members of the Coalition of individual activities of the member orgainizations and thus encourage the development and evaluation of models of quality care, promote excellence and innovation in the education and training of child and youth health professionals, stimulate and promote the development of new knowledge, and promote the uptake and implementation of evidence-based practice and policy that can lead to improvement in child and youth health outcomes.

The Coalition firmly believes that through discussion of the individual members activities and working together through amplification of new and already established strategic priorities provides a strong vehicle for achieving more in identified areas of concern than any one member organization can accomplish on its own. 

GOALS
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.