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 diagnosed 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 and 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 28 Family Navigators located in 13 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 educate parents and professionals about healthy childhood development, early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, the importance of routine developmental screening, and timely intervention. Learn the Signs Act Early is administered by the Centers 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 Family Leadership Training Institute

Applications for 2023 Now Open! Click here to apply . Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute Parents and primary caregivers of children ages 3 to 19 with special health care needs are invited to participate in a special leadership training. The goals of this training are to: Understand how to work with partners Become aware of one's own path to leadership Discover strategies for advocacy Prepare a Community Service Project that impacts the community or system with the support of experienced family leaders...

Iowa Family Story Project

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 to 28 years and have a wide range of diagnoses, including autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and genetic conditions. Although the families are different in many ways, they share a set...

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 Home

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...

Storytelling for Families

CHSC currently sponsors two different trainings for families to help them to develop their family's story. Storytelling for Family Leaders is a virtual training developed in consultation with the Iowa Department of Education based on the Parents as Presenters program. The training includes an in person orientation, online modules, and Zoom sessions for peer coaching to help families develop a 10 minute story to be used as part of their advocacy efforts. Digital Storytelling is an in-person training based on The StoryCenter model which helps families produce a three minute video with a...

Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council to Launch Spring 2022 CHSC is currently accepting applications for its new Youth Advisory Council. Applicants should be 14-22 years old with special health care needs or the sibling of a child or youth with special health care needs. Council members will provide guidance to CHSC programming, while developing their own leadership and self-advocacy skills. For more information click here . To apply to the Youth Advisory...