June 15, 2016

Family Voices Awarded New 3-Year Cooperative Agreement as the National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships


Family Voices Awarded New 3-Year Cooperative Agreement as the National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships Family Voices Awarded New 3-Year Cooperative Agreement as the National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships

Family Voices is pleased to announce the award of a new three-year cooperative agreement from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau as the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships (NCFPP). The new project period will be June 2016 through May 2019. The project will focus on supporting and developing family and youth leadership, particularly the leadership of racially and ethnically diverse families of CYSHCN. This agreement will promote the engagement of diverse families in meaningful ways in systems level activities and encourage the reduction of health disparities through family engagement. The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), which serves as the Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F) and Family Voices State Affiliate (FV SAO) in New Jersey, is partnering with Family Voices in this work, bringing their extensive expertise and experience in family and youth leadership training, especially for racially and ethnically diverse minority families.

Under this project, the NCFPP will:

  • Provide assistance and support to the HRSA-funded F2F HICs and other MCHB investments on the topics of family and youth engagement and cultural and linguistic competence; and
  • Implement family and youth leadership development and training activities, specifically for racially and ethnically diverse minority families of CYSHCN and YSHCN, to help them (a) increase their knowledge, leadership skills and abilities in family engagement methodologies; (b) stay connected to other family leaders across the nation; and (c) receive ongoing training and support.

We look forward to this exciting work which focuses on MCHB's priority of targeting ways to improve the health and quality of life for all CYSHCN, especially children from diverse, racial and ethnic communities.