Catalyzing Cross-Sector Collaboration: Lessons from a Virtual Pediatric Complex Care Coalition

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July 6, 2022
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**Published in Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP) 17.2. All rights reserved.**

ABSTRACT Background: Children with complex health needs (CCHN) have intersecting medical, behavioral health, and social needs. Unfortunately, fragmentation across health and social services sectors often results in uncoordinated care for CCHN and their families. Objective: The purpose of this article is to describe the creation of a statewide cross-sector partnership, the Children’s Complex Care Coalition of North Carolina (4CNC), to identify and act on opportunities for system-level improvements in the care of CCHN. Methods: We applied a virtual community engagement approach to form an advisory committee of cross-sector collaborators; systematically identify priorities most important and urgent to collaborators for improving systems of care; and host a series of virtual convenings involving over 90 attendees from across the state to operationalize collaborator-identified priorities into actionable next steps. Lessons Learned: Key facilitators of success for the 4CNC partnership were investing time in building trusting relationships, particularly with families of CCHN, and aligning goals and priorities with existing local and regional efforts. Challenges included incorporating traditionally underrepresented perspectives, right-sizing virtual convening attendance and number of topics covered, and navigating technological difficulties in a virtual environment. Conclusions: Health systems can catalyze the formation of cross-sector coalitions and community partnerships to advance complex care. Virtual convenings with interactive activities and participatory structures can be an efficient medium to connect coalition members and elicit actionable recommendations for system-level improvements that address the needs of community members.