Helping families and professionals connect with information and services for children with special health needs. Explore this new resource here.
Take 10 minutes to get a personalized visit guide for your child's next well-care visit (learn more).
The Well-Visit Planner is based on national recommendations for parents/guardians of children 4 months to 6 years old.
Family Voices of Minnesota works with health care clinics to help them determine their level of implementing patient-and-family-centered care and provides technical assistance to make improvements.
Family Voices of Minnesota staff has a combined 60 years of experience in patient-and-family-centered care.
Family Voices staff conducts training and presentations for health professionals and consumers/families about patient-and-family-centered care.
What is patient/family-centered health care?
Patient-and-family-centered care assures the health and well-being of children and their families through a respectful family-professional partnership.
It honors the strengths, cultures, traditions and expertise that everyone brings to this relationship. Family-Centered Care is the standard of practice which results in high quality services.
The foundation of family-centered care is the partnership between families and professionals. Key to this partnership are the following principles:
How can you use your expertise?
Participate in a patient/family advisory committee at the clinic or hospital that you use frequently. If they don't have patient/family advisory committees - help them start one.
Family-Centered Care Tools
The Institute for Family-Centered Care offers many resources, tools and information about patient/family-centered care: www.familycenteredcare.org.