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A one-page report that provides highlights of data reported by F2F HICs in 2012-2013 demonstrating the value and impact in helping families of CSHCN. Data includes counts of families and professionals assisted, kinds of information provided, ratings of partnership activity. Download this report.

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We have updated these popular publications. Partnering with Your Child's Provider provides tips for caregivers on preparing for appointments, meeting with their child's doctor, and follow-up activity. Partnering with Your Child's Health Plan provides tips to help family member meet with their child's health plan to discuss plan policies for CYSHCN and how partnering with families can make a difference. A family story is highlighted.

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New! Copays, Coinsurance, & Deductibles-Oh My! What the Insurance Jargon Means for Families

New! Infusion Tip Sheet: Mutuality - What it Means and How it Can be Used as a Building Block of Cultural Diversity

The Power of Partnerships: Materials, Photos, and more from the 2014 Family Voices Leadership Meeting

2014 Report on the Activities & Accomplishments of Family-to-Family Health Information Centers

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News & Happenings

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February 19, 2015
This 60-minute audio conference offers insight on the federal and private funders trying to reduce instances of bullying through the funding of quality programs.
January 14, 2015
How can parents help promote and support more movement in the classroom, on the playground and beyond?
January 5, 2015
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has established a FamilY Partnerships Network to help provide guidance to the national AAP on family engagement. A 7-member Executive Committee is being formed to provide leadership to this larger network.
December 31, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking family stories about consumer experiences with self-insured/self-funded ERISA plans.
December 18, 2014
The presentation will include a brief history of health disparities and race/ethnicity categories; a description of why REL data are collected; and how to ask the questions.
December 15, 2014
A free webinar that will discuss a field-tested model of creating networks that are person-centered, family-friendly, and anchored in authentic community connections.
December 11, 2014
Sponsored by the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), this webinar – intended for EHDI Coordinators and medical home providers who support EHDI systems – will discuss findings from a survey of primary care providers and otolaryngologists across 24 states to gauge progress made in improving the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of medical home providers with respect to hearing screening.
December 5, 2014
The HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) will provide an overview of the US role in refugee resettlement, refugee health needs and disparities, and describe how participants can become “Refugee Champions.”

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Copays, Coinsurance, & Deductibles-Oh My!
What the Insurance Jargon Means for Families

Wordle of health insurance termsIn this month's blog, we discuss the importance of understanding health insurance terminology. Although many families may have had their Marketplace health insurance coverage for a year, many parents are confused about what language like co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles mean.  Also, families should know what to look for before they pay a bill to make sure the information is correct.  All families should know that the insurance “jargon” means, and how it affects them, especially since medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy (source:  Families USA).

New Opportunity: ABCs of Quality Improvement, A Webinar Course

ABCs of Quality ImprovementThe National Center for Family Professional Partnerships (NCFPP) and National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) are pleased to offer this 6-session webinar course as an opportunity for teams of 2-6 participants to learn an effective quality improvement process and apply it to a real-life project to improve a system, service or support for CYSHCN. The course will take place February through May 2015. Learn more.


New Family-to Family Health Information Center Funding Announced!

f2f hic logoFunding for Family-to-Family Health Information Centers for the period June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2018 has been announced.  Up to $95,700 is available per year to fund a center in each state and the District of Columbia.  Read the guidance, view the TA webinar recording, and find more information.

Open Enrollment is Here!

From November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015, families will have the opportunity to enroll in health care plans, renew their plan, or change to a new plan in the Marketplace. Our latest blog entry provides information and resources to help families through this process.

Infusion Tip Sheet: Building Cross-Cultural Relationships

Infusion: Diversity & Cultural Competence

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.

What Families Need to Know about
the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Affordable Care Act ResourcesWhat's happening with the healthcare exchange in your state?  What's a navigator?  Will your state expand Medicaid?  Looking to learn more about the ACA?  Visit our resource page and sign up for our weekly news brief, Washington Update!

Family-Centered Care Assessment

Mother with baby at the doctor's office

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.