The Indiana F2FHIC provides a mechanism for families of children with special health care needs to access timely, accurate information about health care supports and services. Parent leaders support the collection, verification and dissemination of information about program eligibility, application and services. Health Information Specialists located throughout the state provide access for families from all areas of Indiana.
FV Indiana has a successful history of delivering timely, accurate information using a variety of methods including blogs, email, listserves, and social media. As a “virtual” center, the Indiana F2FHIC will utilize regional health information specialists in addition to its extensive electronic resource model to address the health information needs of families with CYSHCN. Emerging parent leaders will be identified and supported to gain skills to participate on board and councils in an effort to address policy and services needs and gaps.
Guide to the ACA
Our guide to the ACA focuses on important topics for families of CSHCN to consider when evaluating health insurance policies, including information about the new Marketplace. The guide’s information is accessible in various formats: online information; monthly blog articles; in-person trainings; online videos; and a “webquest” document with ACA information linked to relevant resources and applications. All of this material is available via a newly developed portal on our website dedicated to health care reform. We have logged approximately 300 hits on our health care reform portal and over 750 hits on the ACA blog series; that information is also disseminated via social media and by partner agencies. In addition, the online video has been viewed over 50 times in a very short period of time.
Resources are shared by the F2FHICs to help families, other family leaders and partners. While you are welcome to adapt any of the materials for your organization, we ask that you include an acknowledgement of the author/source in your adaptations and that you let the original author know of your use of the materials. Copyrighted materials may not be reproduced or adapted without the express permission of the author.
A presentation made by Jennifer Akers, FV Indiana at the 2012 F2F HICs Grantee Meeting that discusses distance learning to package information and training into as many formats as possible to increase access to families.
A presentation by Jennifer Akers, FV Indiana, made at the 2012 F2F HICs Grantee Meeting that reviews the benefits and tools of social media.