Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Exciting News: Family Leadership at FV Indiana and our NEW website!

Family Voices Indiana is excited to announce that the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Maternal and Child Health funding of our Family Leadership Project will support leadership development, family engagement and partnership throughout Indiana.

Families at all stages of the journey of raising children with disabilities and special health care needs encounter a complex maze of systems of services as they seek care and support for their children. These systems are changing rapidly, with new policies and programs, new procedures for enrollment and re-determination, changes in eligibility requirements, program coverage and much more. Developing and supporting family leaders as partners in all levels of these systems allows families to better navigate and even influence the process.

FV Indiana, in partnership with the ISDH, believes families have much to offer in strengthening these systems as they bring valuable insights that can only come from families who actually access these systems. It is the mission of FV Indiana to fill the information needs of families while developing family leaders to provide a strong family voice.

In partnership with the IUPUI school of Informatics, FV Indiana will be developing a web-based Family Leadership Development online portfolio and competency-based training experience that will enhance the development of family leaders in Indiana.

The outcome of this project is a strong cadre of grassroots parent leaders knowledgeable about health care access, resources, services and advocacy strategies.

We’re also excited to announce the FVI website is now LIVE! Come visit us at www.fvindiana.org

You can also find us at Facebook, Twitter and on our blog. Please join us in adding your voice to ours….together, we can make a difference for families raising children with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

1 comment:

Meghann said...

The new program is an excellent way of providing parents a way to learn and a way to help. The parents have the best ideas as to what their child is in need of and providing a way for them to discover and meet those needs is very beneficial to everyone involved.