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Family Voices Resource Blast

Resource eBlast July/August 2018
Sharing Resources for Families of Children with Special Healthcare Needs
 
Back to School Checklists for CYSHCN
Back to school time is around the corner!  These checklists can help guide your planning to ensure your child/youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) has a seamless return:
Looking for ideas of adaptive back to school supplies or supplies to contribute to classrooms? Let this list of ideas get your creative juices flowing!
Online options to get started with your shopping:
Have a tween or teen entering middle school this year? How do you support your child through the tumultuous time? Check out these tips from the Family Voices IMPACT project.

Part of transitioning to a new school year is figuring out how to ease kids from the more relaxed summer days and nights into a new school routine while continuing to get good sleep. This Family Voices resource addresses the tricky intersection of adolescence, sleep, and mental health.

Family Voices is seeking a Family Navigator

Position Title: Health Information Center Coordinator and Family Navigator

Family Voices Colorado (FVC) is seeking a Family Navigator and coordinator of the Colorado Family to Family Health Information Center (F2FHIC).   The position may be combined as one full-time position or two part-time positions depending on the candidate(s).  The position is based at CBR YouthConnect’s (CBRYC) Lakewood Colorado office since FVC recently became a program of CBRYC.

Specific Responsibilities
The Family Navigator and F2FHIC Coordinator provides resources and system navigation for families experiencing barriers to care for a child with special health care needs. The Health Information Center is funded by a Federal grant recently renewed for four years.  In partnership with families, hospitals, providers, and community based agencies, the Family Navigator will actively engage in system navigation and advocacy on behalf of families. In addition, the Family Navigator coordinates the information center and works with partners to continuously develop and update resources for families, and provide information and training for families throughout Colorado.

Qualifications
Qualified candidates will have a deep commitment and passion for making Colorado a better place for children with special health care needs and must possess highly-developed communication skills both verbally and written and in English and Spanish. Applicants should be able to handle multiple tasks and work in a fast paced environment.  Additional qualifications include:

  • Family experience with a person with a disability (child, parent, sibling, and grandparent) preferred.
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Spanish and English required including writing proficiency (Test required).
  • Clinical and/or non-clinical education and/or experience with systems encountered by families who have a child with a special health care need preferred.
  • Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills and career interest in working effectively with diverse communities.
  • Applicant should be self-motivated, but also effective at working as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) required.
  • Proficiency with social media platforms (Facebook, and Twitter) required.
  • Reliable transportation, good driving record and motor vehicle insurance required.
  • College degree and/or equivalent work experience preferred.

Compensation
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Additional benefits include health and dental insurance, company paid training, generous paid time off and holidays.

About CBR YouthConnect (CBRYC)

CBR YouthConnect’s  mission is to achieve excellence in providing troubled youth with the means to become hopeful and productive citizens. This is accomplished by serving at-risk children through person-centered, trauma-informed social work and clinical practice, with an emphasis on social-emotional learning and civic responsibility.  CBRYC has a long history in the Colorado community. The organization was established in 1959 and was previously known as the Colorado Boys’ Ranch, a nationally recognized, award-winning residential treatment and education center

How to Apply

Candidates may submit a cover letter, electronic resume, and salary requirements to trose@youthconnect.org

No Phone Calls Please

Family Voices Awarded Federal Grant

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal Child Health Bureau has awarded Family Voices Colorado grant funding through May 31, 2022 to continue operating the Colorado Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC). The purpose of this program is to provide information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who serve them.

In order to help address the challenges for families in accessing care, the F2F HICs Program was developed to fill the gaps in information and support for families of CYSHCN and the providers who care for them. Originally funded through a Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) pilot program in 2005, and currently authorized and funded under Section 501(c)(1)(a) of the Social Security Act, the network of F2F HICs is a cornerstone of ongoing family engagement efforts. These centers are staffed by family members who have first-hand experience using health care services and programs for CYSHCN. This experience is used to provide support, patient-centered information, resources, and training to families and professionals around health issues faced by CYSHCN. Since the program’s inception in 2005, the network has grown from 29 to a total of 51 funded F2F HICs (one in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia), and the centers have more than quadrupled the number of families served. Data collected from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016 revealed that F2F HICs provided outreach and information to 995,246 families and 353,687 professionals and served a total of 169,241 families and 73,768 health professionals through individualized assistance and/or training from an F2F HIC.

The F2F HICs program fills a critical need for reliable information and support for all families with CYSHCN. Additionally, they serve as an important complement to, and resource for, other HRSA-funded programs that support direct health care service delivery or system infrastructure, such as Title V, and other programs that serve families with condition-specific health care needs.