Family Voices, National Center for Family Professional Partnerships, Awarded Funding to Support Families in the Territories

Family Voices is pleased to announce a new award of supplemental funds from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau for the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships (NCFPP) to expand opportunities for families in the US territories, particularly those exposed to or affected by the Zika virus. Family Voices and the NCFPP are proud to have helped to create and support the vigorous network of fifty one family-led state level Family to Family Health Information Centers in every state and the District of Columbia. Moving forward, we’re excited to expand and support family organizational development in the US territories.

Family Voices is entering its 24th year as the leading national cross-disability family-led organization dedicated to ensuring that families are kept at the center of children's health care. We believe this principle is essential to improving the health and quality of life for all children, including children and youth with special health care needs. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in the Health Resources Services Administration is widely recognized for a deep commitment to authentic partnerships with families at all levels of health care services and systems. To ensure that families have critical information about Zika-related issues, Family Voices has helped to develop and disseminate family friendly Zika virus information.

Through this new initiative, the NCFPP will collaborate with multiple current family groups and individuals, Title V, MCHB programs and agencies, and other professional partners in the territories as well as key national MHCB partners.  NCFPP will carry out the following activities in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and other US territories impacted by Zika:

  • Conduct a needs assessment to assess the needs of families by gathering information from existing family leaders, organizations and partners in the territories, to learn about current supports, challenges and needs for families.
  • Provide training and technical assistance on needs as determined through the needs assessment.
  • Collaborate with existing programs for outreach and to provide support for family organization development.
  • Develop an outreach and information dissemination strategy, in collaboration with the Title V Maternal and Child Health, for families in the territories, agencies and other partners to share critical message about Zika and other health concerns.

This funding opportunity represents an important step forward for families in the territories toward the goal of engaging families in their child’s health care and as partners in programs and policies. In the coming months, we will be reaching out to our partners to gather information and resources, to learn about current efforts to provide support, and to help develop effective ways we can collaborate to support families in the territories.  We look forward to engaging with our partners around this exciting work focusing on MCHB's priority of improving the health and quality of life for families and children in the territories.

To learn more about this initiative please contact Jennifer Bolden Pitre (jboldenpitre@familyvoices.org).