Families are playing an increasingly important role in helping to improve maternal and child health programs to serve low-income families and children with special needs, according to new reports by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs.
Amid requirements for Title V programs to document how they sustain and diversify family participation, AMCHP conducted a nationwide survey of family engagement policies and practices in Title V maternal and child health programs and programs for children and youth with special health care needs. The survey report and companion case studies – conducted with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau – spotlight effective practices and areas for improvement.
The report is published in a series of briefs that detail the results in specific areas: Creating a Culture of Family Engagement; Levels of Family Engagement; Roles of Family Staff or Consultants; Family Members Employed as Staff; Sustaining and Diversifying Family Engagement; and Evaluating Family Engagement. The case studies provide examples of engaging families and diverse populations in five states.