Family Engagement Overview

Family engagement is a family-centered and strengths-based approach to making decisions, setting goals, and achieving desired outcomes for children and families. Family engagement is an innovative approach grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families. Families are the primary caregivers and support to children. Ensuring that families are involved in all aspects of health care keeps families invested, ensures that care is appropriate, and meets the needs of each individual child. The National Center for Medical Home Implementation May e-Newsletter focuses on practical strategies and resources to effectively engage families in the care of their child at all levels.

 Implementation Resources (Tools and More)

Implementation Resources (Tools and More)

Implementation Resources from the National Center for Medical Home Implementation

      • Fostering Partnership and Teamwork in Pediatric Practices: A "How-To" Video Series
        The National Center for Medical Home Implementation presents a three-part video series for pediatric practices about how to effectively engage families. Videos focusing on establishing family advisory groups and enhancing care partnership support outline practical strategies and tips for building a stronger medical home in the practice setting.
      • Practice-based Resources to Solicit Family Feedback
        The "Building Your Medical Home" online resource guide provides resources for practices to solicit family feedback on the quality of health care services. The online resource guide provides customizable templates for family/caregiver surveys, as well as a fact sheet on how to facilitate family focus groups. Feedback is utilized to inform family-centered care in pediatric practices.
      • Resources for Families: Building Your Care Notebook
        The National Center provides resources for families to organize and maintain records of their child's care services to ensure that care is comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered. Examples of resources include appointment logs, medical bill tracking forms, and a list of questions to ask clinicians.
      • Resources for Title V Programs: Supporting Shared Plans of Care
        Published in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Shared Plan of Care fact sheet discusses strategies for state Title V programs and other state agencies to support utilization of shared plans of care and enhance family engagement.
      • Promising Practice in Family Engagement: Premier Pediatrics
        Premier Pediatrics was selected by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation as an evidence-informed promising practice in pediatric medical home implementation. This pediatric group practice actively solicits feedback from families, creates community resource boards, and supports a family advisory council, among other strategies, to enhance family engagement. 
         

Additional Implementation Resources

 Training, Events, and Conferences

​Training, Events, and Conferences

      • Moving Beyond Cooperation: Engaging Families in Health Care Organizations and Practices
        May 25, 2017 at 11:00am to Noon CST
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        The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships, and Bright Futures National Center are hosting the second webinar in a three-part series focusing on family engagement in pediatric practices and systems. This webinar will provide practical tools and strategies, such as implementation of quality improvement initiatives and family advisory groups, to engage families in health care organizations. A pediatric clinician, care coordinator, and parent partner will present on their experiences and lessons learned.
      • Achieving True Partnership: Integrating Family Engagement in Systems of Care
        June 20, 2017 at 11am to Noon CST
        Register Here
        The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships, and Bright Futures National Center are hosting the third and final webinar in a three-part series focusing on family engagement in pediatric practices and systems. This webinar will identify practical strategies to facilitate partnerships between systems of care, focusing specifically on collaboration between Title V programs, state American Academy of Pediatrics chapters, and family leadership organizations. Faculty will present lessons learned from a state-wide medical home implementation project with family leadership.
        View more information about the Webinar series here.
      • Pediatric Care Coordination Curriculum
        Created with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the pediatric Care Coordination Curriculum provides customizable care coordination materials for pediatric clinicians, family organizations, and Title V agencies. Curriculum modules and materials focus on creation of care plans, care tracking, and family-centered care. Technical assistance and support on the implementation of the curriculum is available from the National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance.
      • Strategies for Engaging Partners: Video Training Series
        A five-part video training series for practices, state agencies, and family organizations on engaging new partners in family-centered care is available from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality. Topics highlighted in the series include recruiting partners and sustaining relationships. The video series offers an introduction to creating services that are collaborative, comprehensive, and coordinated.
      • Transitioning Pediatric Patients to Adult Health Care
        Nationwide Children's offers a podcast for pediatric clinicians about transitions for pediatric patients to adult care. Family engagement during transitions of care is essential for both clinicians and patients. This recording highlights the importance of design and implementation during clinical transitions. Free Continuing Medical Education credits are available to eligible participants.

 Partners and National Initiatives

​Partners and National Initiatives

 Special Feature: An Interview with a Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program Grantee

Special Feature: An Interview with a Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program Grantee

The Connections for Health: Integrated Group and Community Services for Kalihi Valley Keiki and Ohana, also known as "Healthy Tomorrows Hawaii", is a Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program grantee in Honolulu, Hawaii coordinated by Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV), a Federally Qualified Health Center.

"Healthy Tomorrows Hawaii" engages families in culturally-appropriate ways in a clinical and community settings, offering services in environments that are welcoming and engaging for families.

Though sustainability is a challenge faced by Healthy Tomorrows Hawaii, the project will continue to emphasize community integrated services, broadening community partnerships, and prioritizing parent needs. For more information, visit the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program Web site or the National Center for Medical Home Implementation Hawaii State Page.