Family Voices Colorado is the Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC) 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!