Parent Workgroup - CYSHN

CYSHN Parent Workgroup

Multi-cultural group of people from many age groups

The Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHN) Parent Workgroup provides guidance to the CYSHN Program on the needs of the CYSHN and their families.

Purpose:

The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Children and Youth Special Health Needs (CYSHN) Parent Workgroup represents the CYSHN population to identify gaps, assess services available to families, and determine next steps for action in better meeting the needs of Minnesota families. The workgroup acts as an advisory resource to the CYSHN program, and provides meaningful input on program policies and activities.

CYSHN Parent Workgroup Charge and Operating Guidelines (PDF) 

Membership and Applications:

The CYSHN Parent Workgroup is comprised of 8-10 parents/caregivers of a child with a special health need, especially those with extensive experience with children who are recipients of health services. Members are chosen based on an application process composed of a number of criteria, including:

  • Interest in serving as an advisor to the CYSHN program.
  • Comfort speaking in a group with candor and tact.
  • Ability to see beyond their own personal experiences.
  • Ability to share insights and information about their experiences in a way that others can learn from.
  • Ability to show concern for more than one issue.
  • Ability to listen well, respect the perspectives of others, and interact well with a variety of people.
  • Ability to work in partnership with others.

Applications for membership are accepted on an annual basis and/or when the number of members reaches less than eight. The application form and instructions will be posted on this page at those times.

If you have any questions about the CYSHN Parent Workgroup or application process, please contact Sarah Cox at sarah.cox@state.mn.us.