Looking back over the past year, Family Voices Colorado has a lot to be proud of – read on for some highlights of our achievements and impact in 2013, and a preview of what 2014 may bring.
Yes, it’s time for our third annual fundraising fiesta, Hearts on Fire! This year’s event is at a new time and location, as we offer a happy hour party on Valentine’s Day, with long-time food sponsor Diego’s Mexican Food & Cantina providing the festive atmosphere at their convenient downtown location on the 16th Street Mall.
Juanita Dominguez’s 9-year-old daughter has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. When they needed help getting funding for a wheelchair ramp for their van, Family Voices quickly guided them to the right place.
We here at Family Voices Colorado are thankful for all of you this holiday season. If you are thankful for the work we do, please consider giving back to support our mission.
Tom Rose, Executive Director, shares updates on existing and new programs: During the past year I have often been asked how Family Voices is weathering this time of transition, and what we are doing to prepare for the upcoming changes to the health care system. In case you, too, are curious, this is what we have been up to…
Four years ago, Family Voices Colorado received funding from the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to start a pilot program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, in which a Family Voices staff member would be based at the hospital three days a week to help families navigate systems and connect with community resources. Read on to learn more about the origins, focus, and growth of the hospital-based Family Navigator program.
Suzette Elledge is the Program Manager for Health Coverage, formerly responsible for coordinating the Medical Home Certification program, moving into a role overseeing Family Voices’ involvement with the new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Although her employment with Family Voices Colorado (FVC) began in 2009, she first got involved with us some 12 years ago, when her two sons, Jacob and Joshua, were diagnosed with autism.
Since 2011, with the support of The Colorado Health Foundation, Family Voices Colorado has been working on a pilot project to develop consistent tools and processes that support youth and young adults with special health care needs in the transition from pediatric to adult care. Our first tool is a Guide to Transition, now available.
Registration is now open for the second annual Walk ‘n’ Roll with Family Voices Colorado and Sports Made Possible, on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Clement Park in Littleton.
Family Voices Colorado was recently approved to become an Assistance Site with Colorado’s Connect for Health Assistance Network, made up of 58 organizations providing in-person assistance to customers of the new health insurance marketplace starting in October.