Lend your voice to support Family to Family Health Information Centers

Family Voices Colorado is the Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F HICFamily to Family Health Information Center) for our state, funded by a federal grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau within the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Funding for the F2F HIC program will expire at the end of Fiscal Year 2012 if new legislation is not passed to continue it. The bills proposing renewal of funding are S. 2123, sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez, and H.R. 4083, sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone.

If we hope to get the F2Fs re-funded, Members of Congress will need to hear from families about how important F2F services have been in their lives. If you have benefited from information, training, system navigation, or advocacy support from Family Voices Colorado, would you take a moment to contact your Members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the relevant bill?

You can call them through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.  (Find the names of your Members of Congress here.)  When you speak to the receptionist, state that you are a constituent and ask to speak to the staff person who handles health issues.  If that person is not available to talk, you can leave a BRIEF message identifying yourself as a constituent who has a child with special health care needs (if applicable) and asking that the Representative/Senator cosponsor a bill that would extend funding for Family-to-Family Health Information Centers.  Refer to the appropriate bill number and sponsor – in the Senate, S. 2123, sponsored by Senator Menendez; in the House, H.R. 4083, sponsored by Rep. Pallone.  Leave your home phone number and email address.

If you’re asked for more information on our work or the importance of the F2Fs, check out our F2F Key Talking Points for Colorado 9-17-12.

You can also write to your Representative (even if you call) via the “Advocacy” section of the Family Voices website, where you will find a pre-written letter that you fill in with your personal information.  (You do not need to know the name of your Representative.)  Please ask other families you know, professionals you have worked with, friends, and relatives to write their Representatives through the Family Voices website also.  At this time, the website is not configured to automatically send the letter to Senators, but simple instructions about how to contact your Senators, and text to copy and paste, can also be found on that page.  (You do not need to know the names of your Senators.)

Thank you for lending your voice to support Family Voices Colorado!

We’re moving!

After three and a half years with The Partnership for Families and Children (The Partnership), Family Voices Colorado is moving to new office spaceat The Anschutz Medical Campus, near the University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Our new address, as of September 10, 2012, is:

Family Voices Colorado
13199 E. Montview Blvd.
Suite 200
Aurora, CO 80045

Our main phone and fax numbers, as well as email addresses, remain the same. This Friday, September 7, our phones will be down as we transfer the system. You can email staff directly, or info@familyvoicesco.org if you need urgent assistance on Friday.

The move itself will take place September 10 – 14, so we will have limited staff availability that week to respond to calls and emails, but we will do our best to reply in a timely manner. We will be fully operational at the new location by Monday, September 17.

The reason for our move is that The Partnership is selling the building at 450 Lincoln Street. We will now be leasing space from CPC Clinical Research (CPC), an academic research organization that is dedicated to improving health through clinical research and integrating evidence into community prevention programs. We trust that this connection with CPC will be as fruitful as our collaboration with The Partnership has been.

We will be sending out our Fall Newsletter in a couple weeks, which will include information on an Open House later this month and updates on all the changes we’ve been through this summer.  In the meantime, “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or make sure you are signed up for our email list to stay connected. Please feel free to forward this announcement to friends or colleagues who may be interested.

If you have any questions, or need help navigating the complex health care and disability services systems, please don’t hesitate to call us at 303-733-3000, or toll-free at 800-881-8272.

What is a medical home?

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A medical home provides comprehensive, coordinated, culturally competent, family-centered, community based care. From the National Center for Medical Home Implementation:

A family-centered medical home is not a building, house, hospital, or home healthcare service, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care.

In a family-centered medical home the pediatric care team works in partnership with a child and a child’s family to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met.

At Family Voices Colorado, we believe that every child and youth deserves a medical home.  But it’s especially important for children with special health care needs, who require more care or services than typical kids. Practices certified as medical homes are committed to making sure patients and families are partners in decision-making, and they go the extra mile in helping families access, understand, and coordinate care, from surgery to occupational therapy; from oral health to mental health; from medication to augmentative communication devices.

Family Voices is committed to supporting practices that are or want to become certified as medical homes at every step of the process, from conducting the Medical Home Index and Family Surveys to Quality Improvement projects and ongoing support. We help providers better understand and navigate insurance or disability systems on behalf of patients and families. We also help families who are looking for providers certified as medical homes, especially those that accept Medicaid and CHP+.

If you would like to learn more about becoming or finding a medical home in your area, call us today at 303-733-3000 or 800-881-8272.

Making Colorado a better place for children and youth with special health care needs