– The Community of Yakima and Children’s Village is being nationally celebrated as a “Star Community”
Yakima, WA – Children’s Village and the Community of Yakima are nationally recognized by Champions For Inclusive Communities (ChampionInC) through their community recognition program, Star Communities, for being an exemplar model of community based service systems.
Children’s Village (and the Yakima Community) were judged and excelled on all of the following key components:
∙ Supports to ensure that families partner in decision making
∙ Presence of medical homes that work in coordination with other services
∙ Early and continuous screening
∙ Adequate financing to ensure families receive needed services
∙ Services and supports are easily accessed, coordinated, and culturally competent
∙ Transition to adult life – including transition to adult health care providers as well as educational and independent living
A community-based system of services is an infrastructure that operates across service sectors. It facilitates the integration of services where a variety of programs work together to meet the many, varied needs of children, youth, and families in the community. Children’s Village is proud to be a community-based system of services.
“Children’s Village is grateful for the support from the community of Yakima and agency partners,” says Diane Patterson, Director of Children’s Village. “We are honored that our community has been recognized as a model. We are continually striving to improve and we know that we can do even better – and we will.”
Champions For Inclusive Communities (ChampionInC) is a national center designed to support communities in organizing services for families of children and youth with special health care needs. See www.championsinc.org for more information about the organization and their full article on Children’s Village and Yakima.
About Children’s Village
Children’s Village is a unique partnership that resulted from a community vision for easily accessible, comprehensive, collaborative health, education and social services for children with special health care needs. Since Children’s Village opened its doors in October 1997, it has transformed from being just a building into a philosophy of care for our Valley’s children. Over the past decade, 16,000 children and their families have received services, support and care through Children’s Village in Yakima and Sunnyside. For more information, visit Children’s Village online at <a href=”http://www.yakimachildrensvillage.org”>www.yakimachildrensvillage.org</a>.
To schedule an interview with representatives of Children’s Village, please contact Candice Dhane at (509) 961-0611. Photos and b-roll will also need to be scheduled by calling Candice Dhane at the number above.