Family engagement is a genuine partnership between professionals and family leaders who represent many different communities and who work together to develop and implement better policies and practices. A family-centered approach to health care includes working with families as equal partners in their child’s care.
The Medical Home Initiative works closely with the family-led organizations of Family Voices, Parent to Parent and other partners to build the capacity of family members to be equal partners in their child’s care and with health care teams. Family engagement and family-centered care improve outcomes for patients and families, increases family and clinician satisfaction, decreases health care costs, and improves effective use of health care resources.
Family engagement has many meanings. In a clinic or hospital, family members may be participating in:
- Health care surveys or suggestion boxes
- Focus groups or interviews
- Development of their child’s care plan
- Advisory boards or councils
- Quality improvement initiative work groups
Partnering with your Child’s Doctor: A Conversation with Parents
This discussion prepares families for visits with their child’s health care provider. At the end of the discussion, participants will understand what a medical home is, how a medical home may benefit their child and family, learn ways to strengthen communication with their child’s doctor and health care team, and become a partner in their child’s health care. To learn more about how you can participate in a conversation, please contact us.
- Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care
Learn how to advance the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care in all settings.
- Patient Engagement in Redesigning Care Toolkit
This resource contains tools to strengthen patients’ roles in teams designing health care delivery and quality improvements.
- Patient Family Centered Care Partners
Find workshops and resources to improve the quality, safety and experience of health care through family partnerships.
- Team Engagement for Quality Improvement Welcome Booklet
An introduction for families and health care teams working together to improve care for children and youth with special health care needs.
- Family Voices of Wisconsin
Join a statewide network of families who have children with special health care needs. Find information, training and leadership opportunities.
- Parent to Parent of Wisconsin
Get connected one-on-one with another parent of a child with special needs.
- Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
Wisconsin’s five Regional Centers are staffed by information and referral specialists dedicated to supporting CYSHCN, their families and providers. Services are free and confidential.
The Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program and the Maternal Child Health Program located in the Division of Public Health.