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Building Healthier America

Connecting Families with Children Managing a Chronic Illness or Disability to the Services and Support They Need

We Listened

Our Why

Families with children managing a chronic illness or disability report their greatest stress comes from arranging numerous services through multiple agencies. Building Healthier America is building a national network to support families within their home communities so they can better navigate the medical, educational, and human services systems...improving quality of life for the entire family.

Build Local Networks

What We Do

Families whose children have a chronic illness or disability must interact with at least three huge and often intimidating bureaucracies: the medical system, the educational system, and the local human services system. Unfortunately it’s rare the three share basic information let alone collaborate on behalf of the child.

Building Healthier America is creating a solution by developing a community network at the local level for families to tap into, sharing information and resources to help streamline the process.

Inclusivity

Who We Serve

Building Healthier America is about inclusivity, not exclusivity. There are some organizations that focus on particular categories of illness or disability. Our purpose is to serve all – including families with adult-age children.

Families managing children with diabetes, cancer, Down yndrome, cystic fibrosis, sensory impairment, blindness, mental health concerns, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, autism, neurological disorders, congenital heart disease, sickle cell anemia, asthma, and any other chronic illness or disability depending on the local populations and conditions will be served by the program framework developed which captures the strength, positivity, and power of family.

It's About Connections

Our Vision

Families and their children with chronic illness or disabilities should have access to independent care coordination and family advocacy that is family-centered, community-based and culturally sensitive.

Designed By Our Users

Our Programs

The needs of families are not just medical, educational, or human services related. Stress management, mental health services, employment considerations for parents, clothing needs, claims processing, changes to the physical structure of the home are all services families need. 

Our programs are being built from the ground up by families living with chronic illness and disability. It’s exciting! And offers an opportunity to customize networks community by community. 

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News and Info

Our News consists of the latest happenings at Building Healthier America as well as relevant articles and information from others serving families with chronic illness or disability. We hope you find it helpful, and do connect with us if you have information you'd like shared. We want to hear from you!

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Seeking Families in Tucson Arizona and Hudson Wisconsin

Building Healthier America is seeking families with chronically ill and disabled children of all ages in Tucson and Hudson to be a part of a series of focus groups. These families and their input are an integral part of developing the programs and services framework of Building Healthier America. We…

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Support for Parents of Children with Diabetes: PEP Squad

Receiving a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes creates a whole set of challenges not only for the child, but for the entire family. Like Building Healthier America, the Diabetes Research Foundation is about keeping things positive and providing support for families managing this chronic illness. Read about their PEP Squad…

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People Like Us In Media: Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

People living disabilities are not often portrayed in film and television. And, if we’re being honest, when they are most times the actors are able-bodied. However, there is still inspiration we can take from some of what’s out there in film and television. One film we like is Walk. Ride. Rodeo. as…

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