Families as Partners
At Children’s Minnesota, your input matters — whether your child is a patient in our clinic, or has spent time in the hospital. There are lots of ways that you can help make the Children’s experience better for patients and families like you.
To learn more or get involved as a patient family in any Families as Partners pathway described below, contact Tessa Billman, patient-family centered care coordinator, at 612-813-7407 or [email protected] Families interested in participating in Families as Partners pathways will be asked to submit an application form.
The Families as Partners program promotes, coordinates and supports family involvement throughout Children’s through the following pathways:
In the Family-to-Family Program, families use their experiences to mentor, provide encouragement, emotional support and non-medical information to other families in a variety of ways.
“Our boys were born at 24 weeks gestation and spent the first 4 months of their life in the NICU and ICC. It was like a roller coaster ride – one day we would get good news and the next would be a day we would have to face a new obstacle. We were so thankful for the nurses and doctors for helping our twin boys. Today, they are healthy 7 year old boys who love piano, soccer and are incredibly silly.
For the past year, as a way to honor the great work Children’s does for my family and others – I have been hosting coffee breaks to connect NICU families to one another. Community is important and I love that Children’s is supportive of all families!” — Heather, Family-to-Family Volunteer
Family Advocates play a role in advocating on behalf of Children’s patients and on the behalf of the health of children. Families receive specific training and are informed of advocacy opportunities about public policy issues affecting the health of children.
Family Advisors are designated family representatives involved in committees, design teams, unit advisory councils, experience teams, policy groups, family panels, family focus groups and family testimonial events.
The Family Advisory Council
The Family Advisory Council is a diverse group of families whose children have received care at one of Children’s facilities (inpatient and outpatient experiences). They work collaboratively with staff to promote and enhance patient and family-centered care and to improve the family and patient experiences. Learn more about the Family Advisory Council.
The Youth Advisory Council
The Youth Advisory Council is a dedicated group of patients, ages 10 to 18, offering practical ideas on how to help Children’s focus even more closely on the special needs of children and teens. They eagerly voice their ideas and perspectives — from choices of food on the hospital menu to how they want adults at Children’s to relate to them. Learn more about the Youth Advisory Council.