Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Introducing the new health information specialists for Family Voices

Family Voices Indiana is the local affiliate of National Family Voices. One of the founding purposes of Family Voices was to assist veteran parents to help other families raising their children with special health care needs. Experienced families listen and answer new families’ questions about a new diagnosis, help them find an accommodating dentist, or assist in negotiations with insurance companies. Family Voices helps other families improve, or learn more about: First Steps; Special Education; Medicaid; Medicaid Waivers; Respite; Vocational Rehabilitation; Community Accessibility; Health Care Funding; Health Care Services and many other things.

As the new family to family health information center for the state, we continue that purpose by contracting family members with children with special health care needs as health information specialists to assist other families. We have recently contracted seven new family leaders to provide support and information. You will learn more about them in upcoming newsletters, but here's some general information to help you get to know them:

Ofelia Jimenez lives in East Chicago, has three children, and is bilingual.

Emily McKinley lives in West Lafayette and has two sons.

Janice Labas has five children and lives in Fort Wayne.

Debbie Pedersen, Heather Dane and Lizbeth Curat-Nava live in the Indianapolis area and each have 2 children. Lizbeth is also bilingual.

Cyndi Johnson has three children and lives in Bloomington.

If you need assistance with health care financing or other resources, please feel free to contact us at 317 944 8982
or email our Project Coordinator, Jennifer Akers at

We've also contracted Cristy James, mother to two children, from Avon, as our Electronic Communication Specialist. We'll be launching our new website in the coming weeks, so stay tuned........

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