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Issue brief explores personal health record for children, youth, and families involved with child welfare in California

HMA Senior Consultant Suzanne Rabideau, Principals Heidi Arthur and Eileen Moscaritolo and Consultant Anh Pham recently developed the issue brief Exploration of a Personal Health Record for Children, Youth, and Families Involved with Child Welfare in CA for California’s Medicaid CalAIM Foster Care Model of Care Workgroup. The issue brief was developed to assist the workgroup in exploring options for establishing a portable personal health record (PHR) and support the workgroup’s efforts in making long-term recommendations on this topic. The PHR would give children, youth, families, and caregivers access to the child or youth’s health information.

The issue brief also

  • Describes a PHR and it’s uses
  • Identifies ways a PHR could assist in addressing the healthcare challenges often experienced by children, youth, and families involved with child welfare
  • Identifies the federal and California-specific opportunities to facilitate access to a PHR for children and youth in foster care
  • Identifies federal and California-specific challenges to implementing a comprehensive health record for children, youth, and families
  • Shares potential options for the workgroup to consider


Suzanne Rabideau, MBA, MA, LPC, Senior Consultant
Heidi Arthur, LMSW, Principal
Eileen Moscaritolo, Principal
Anh Pham, Consultant