Child and Community Health

Thomas Scholz, M.D
Division Director


The Division of Child and Community Health focuses on child health including prevention, early intervention, care coordination, quality improvement,  health policy, and measurment. Promoting children’s health  requires an approach to services that recognizes the importance of family, school, and community, and seeks to promote the full potential of all children and youth by addressing their physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs,

The Division’s strengths include:

  • Leading statewide Systems of Care for children and youth
  • Providing Iowa’s Title V services for children and youth with special health care needs
  • Creating integrated partnerships and community-based models of care

Community pediatrics includes:

  • Expanding the  focus from one child to the well-being of all children in a community
  • Recognizing the importance of  economic, environmental, and political forces that affect the health and functioning of children
  • Combining  clinical practice and public health principles to promote the health of all children
  • Collaborating with community partners to advocate for and provide quality services to all Iowa children

 Child Health Specialty Clinics

Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC) is a  community-based public health agency  that serves Iowa children and youth with special health care needs and their families. . CHSC partners with families, service providers, communities, and policy makers along with the Iowa Departments of Human Services, Public Health, and Education. CHSC administers Iowa’s Title V program for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), which ensures that all CYSHCN receive services in a family-centered, coordinated, community-based, comprehensive System of Care.

Over 150,000 Iowa children and youth have or are at risk of having special health care needs including chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, and emotional concerns. CHSC provides gap-filling services, including telehealth appointments, to connect families with specialists they may not otherwise have access to.

CHSC has a network of 14 regional centers and satellite locations  across Iowa employing over 120 public health professionals,  clinical providers, and family members of children and youth with special health care needs.

Division Contact Information

University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics
Child and Community Health
247 Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: (319) 356-3808

Division Support Staff

  • Kathy Francois