Family Engagement

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.

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Colleen Lane
Project Manager
Medical Home
(608) 442-4177

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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.

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