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The term “health disparities” means that there are differences in health outcomes for various populations, such as by race, ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic status. Children and adults with disabilities, especially those from underserved communities, may have worse health results than others. Some of these unfavorable outcomes could be prevented. This piece examines how to improve outcomes for diverse individuals with disabilities and how the ACA (Affordable Care Act) can facilitate this. Read the blog here.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the availability of funding to support Navigators in federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM), including State Partnership Marketplaces. Grantees will be selected for a three year project period, and a total of up to $67 million is available for the first year of the award. The funding opportunity announcement is open to eligible individuals, as well as private and public entities, applying to serve as Navigators in states with a FFM. It is open to new and returning HHS Navigator grant applicants, and applications are due by June 15, 2015.
This new report from HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau includes the latest data on the health status and service needs of America’s infants, children, and adolescents. Key Findings from childhood population characteristics are:
The article, Psychometric Evaluation of a Consumer-Developed Family-Centered Care Assessment Tool, has recently been published online in the Maternal and Child Health Journal. This study describes the process that yielded a robust and psychometrically sound instrument for which there has been substantial interest from health care providers, researchers, and family groups. The FCCA provides an important alternative to existing measures of families’ experiences of health care, including the CAHPS, which does not address the full range of topical areas deemed important to families, and the MHFI, which lacks the rigorous psychometric evaluation of the FCCA. The findings from this study also provide compelling evidence of the value of families taking substantive roles as researchers in the development of quality measures. The high level of validity of the family-created questions in this study indicates how consistent the concepts in the developed questions are with the expectations of families across all demographic groups. This model of partnership in research, with consumers themselves in the lead, provides an important model for future quality measure development.
Learn more about the FCCA, including requesting access to use the tool here.
This 4-page report provides aggregated data on the activities of Family-to-Family Health Information Centers across the country from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014. Data includes families and professionals served, one-to-one assistance, trainings, information dissemination, impact on families, partnership activities, and self-reported impact on policies and programs.
Family Voices strives to infuse cultural and linguistic competence throughout the organization to meet the needs of all families. In this tip sheet, we provide strategies to help build cross-cultural relationships and help you consider the "individual vs. community" approach.
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Did you know that family-centered care can improve patient and family outcomes, increase satisfaction, decrease health care costs, and lead to more effective use of health care resources? You can learn more about what makes health care family-centered by using the Family Voices Family-Centered Care Assessment tool, a 24-question tool to measure family centeredness of provider care based on ideas created by families themselves.