University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


Child Health Specialty Clinics offers a wide array of services and special programs. Select from the program list on the right to learn more about our specific programs. Contact us online or by phone (866) 219-9119 if you have any question or would like more information. 

1st Five

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1st Five is an Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) program to support primary care providers in the early detection of social-emotional delays, developmental delays, and family risk-related factors in Iowa children 0-5 years old. 1st Five is a public-private partnership bridging primary care and public health. CHSC is working with IDPH to provide assistance to primary care providers in Iowa's 88 1st Five counties. CHSC medical consultants offer peer coaching and educational...

Community Circle of Care

Community Circle of Care (CCC) is a regional System of Care program providing care coordination for community-based services and supports to non-Medicaid children and youth with serious behavioral or mental health needs in northeast Iowa. CCC serves children and youth up to 21 years old through four clinics in Clinton, Decorah, Dubuque, and Oelwein. CCC is a collaboration with the Iowa Department of Human Services and other community partners.


Early ACCESS is Iowa's system of early intervention for infants and toddlers with a developmental delay or known condition that could lead to a developmental delay. CHSC provides service coordination, nutrition services, and health assessments for children 0-3 years old enrolled in Early ACCESS. More information can be found on the Iowa Family Support Network website.

Family Engagement

CHSC proudly supports family engagement. CHSC has a long history of employing family support professionals, also known as Parent Consultants, Parent Partners, and Family Navigators. For decades, CHSC has advocated for increasing the role of families in Iowa's System of Care for children and youth with special health care needs. CHSC hired Julie Beckett as Iowa's first Family Navigator over 30 years ago and now employs 35 Family Navigators located in 14 community-based Regional Centers across Iowa.

Iowa Act Early

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Iowa Act Early is the state campaign for the national Learn the Signs. Act Early. program to education parents and professionals about: Healthy childhood development Early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders The importance of routine developmental screening Timely intervention when a concern is identified Learn the Signs. Act Early . was developed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration...

Iowa Autism Learning Community

The goal of this project is to improve access to coordinate and integrated care for Iowa's children with or at risk for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities and their families. Training for Primary Care Providers Autism 101: A Primary Care Provider Primer Meredith Fishbane-Gordon, MD Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 12pm-1pm Click here to register

Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute

IFLTI Summer Lunch and Learn Leadership Training Webinar Series every Thursday 12pm-1pm; July 1-August 26, 2021 Spanish interpretation available Click here to register July 1, 2021 - Family Leader: Stories of Hope for the Future Family Panel Learn why family leaders are needed, and how they equip themselves to create change and hope for the future July 8, 2021 - Leading with a Health Equity Lens Alejandra Escoto, MPH - Program Coordinator Learn about social determinants of health, the difference between...

Iowa Family Story Project

One in five of Iowa's children and youth has a special health care need - a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition that requires more than routine health care. The Iowa Family Story Project illustrates the daily joys and struggles of caring for children, youth, and young adults with special health care needs or disabilities. Photographer Thomas Langdon shadowed eight of these Iowa families. They reflect Iowa's diversity and include those living on rural farms, in small towns, and in bustling cities. The children, youth, and young adults range in age from one year...

Iowa Peer Support & Family Peer Support Training Program

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The Iowa Peer Support and Family Peer Support Training Program provides comprehensive training for Iowa's peer support workforce including the development of statewide networks and continuing education opportunities. This program is a collaboration among CHSC, the University of Iowa National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, ASK Resource Center, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Iowa. A Peer Support Specialist is an individual who is personally living well in recovery from a serious mental illness. A...

Nutrition Services

CHSC's Registered Dietitians provide families a nutrition assessment at a provider's request with follow-up care coordination as needed. CHSC also facilitates nutrition-focused system building activities including training and education on topics specific to children and youth with special health care needs. CHSC has developed a series of handouts with nutrition and feeding guidelines for children and families. Click here for a full list. Food Insecurity Food insecurity can impact all families, especially those of children and...

Pediatric Integrated Health

The Pediatric Integrated Health program (PIH) provides care coordination and family support services to Iowa children and youth who are eligible for Medicaid and have mental or behavioral health diagnosis. CHSC provides PIH services to children and families through four centers in northeastern Iowa: Clinton, Decorah, Dubuque, and Oelwein.

Regional Autism Assistance Program

The Iowa Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) provides community-based clinical consultation, multidisciplinary care planning recommendations, and family to family support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Click here to download the RAP Referral Form. RAP team members who work with families include advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses and family navigators. They use standardized tools to identify children...