Community & State Resources
AAP Find a Pediatrician or Pediatric Specialist
The best resource for parental requests regarding individual medical conditions or questions about AAP policies and statements information is your pediatrician. If you do not have a pediatrician, you may search the Find a Pediatrician of Pediatric Specialist database or you may contact the physician referral service at your local hospital or county medical society.
Family Voices (FV)
A national grassroots network of families and friends. FV advocates for access to health care services and provide information for families with children and youth who have special health care needs (CYSHCN). Through a national network of chapters in each state, they provide families with tools to advocate for improved public and private policies, and build partnerships among professionals and families.
- Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs)
F2F HICs provide support, information, resources, and training. Because the health care needs of CYSHCN are chronic and complex, parents and caregivers are often challenged with finding the resources to provide and finance health care for their children. F2F HICs are in a unique position to help families because they are typically staffed/run by parents of CYSHCN who have traveled through the maze of services and programs designed to help CYSHCN. Staff at F2F HICs understand the issues that families face, provide advice, offer a multitude of resources, and tap into a network of other families and professionals for support and information. Family Voices, through the National Center for Family / Professional Partnerships, provides technical assistance, training, and connections to other F2F HICs and partnering organizations.
Title V Programs
Title V of the 1935 Social Security Act is one of the largest Federal block grant programs. It leads the nation in ensuring the health of all mothers, infants, children, adolescents, and children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Title V is administered by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) as part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The result of Title V led to the establishment of State departments of health or public welfare in some States, and facilitated the efforts of existing agencies in others. Each state has a Title V Maternal and Child Health and Title V Children with Special Health Care Needs Contact.
Community Services Locator
An online directory that is designed to help service providers and families find available national, state, and local resources that can address child and family needs. Service providers and families may use the locator, produced by the MCH Library, to find available health, mental health, family support, parenting, childcare information, and other services. Topics include: education and special needs, health and wellness, mental health and well being, family support, parenting, childcare and early childhood education, and financial support. An A-Z Resources and Services Index offers another avenue for navigating the locator and the library's Web site.
National Parent Helpline
A telephone and Web-based resource for parents and caregivers dedicated to strengthening families by providing emotional support and helping parents identify solutions to parenting and family challenges. The helpline and its trained advocates are available to all parents and caregivers and provide them with assistance, referrals, and resources. In turn, those parents use their knowledge to build stronger, healthier communities. The helpline is operated by Parents Anonymous® Inc, a family strengthening organization focused on prevention by positively impacting the well-being of families and communities worldwide.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Mental Health Services Locator
The mission of SAMHSA is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. The Mental Health Services Locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources and is useful for professionals, consumers and their families, and the public.
US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
This Web site is designed to help consumers understand the new health reform law, learn more about insurance options, learn about prevention, and compare health care quality. It is the first Web site to collect both public and private health insurance options across the nation in a single place. In addition to providing coverage scenarios based on individual circumstances, it also highlights the issues and benefits of the new law for providers.
US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HealthFinder.gov provides information and tools that are aimed to help individuals and their families stay healthy.
InsureKidsNow.gov provides information about Medicaid and CHIP services for families who need health insurance coverage. These programs are designed to be affordable for families who are not able to afford health insurance coverage in the private market or do not have coverage available to them.
Head Start Locator
Head Start promotes school readiness for children, ages three to five, in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social and other services. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Programs actively engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.
2-1-1 Information and Referral Search
2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. This site allows you to search for and learn more about your local 2-1-1.
Find a Health Center
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-supported health centers provide affordable primary care to children and adults, whether or not they have health insurance. With more than 8,100 sites, health centers are in every State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.
Text4baby is a FREE text messaging service that sends 3 health messages to women each week from pregnancy until the baby is 12 months old. Women can sign up for the free service by texting BABY to 511411(or BEBE for Spanish), and it's even timed to their due date or baby's date of birth. The AAP was a key content reviewer of the text messages and is an outreach partner. These messages focus on a variety of topics critical to maternal and child health: immunizations, nutrition, seasonal flu, mental health, oral health, safe sleep, and more. Text4baby is a tool to engage and reinforce the guidance pediatricians provide families based on the AAP Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Third Edition.
National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) State Pages
The NCMHI state pages are an excellent source for additional information and resources specific to each state. This section includes information on state pediatric medical home initiatives, key contacts, partners, and related grant activities and initiatives.