Families as Partners
At Children’s Minnesota, everything we do is for the kids. We’re always looking for input from our patients and their families. Children’s Minnesota offers pathways for patient and family involvement through the Families as Partners program. Whether your child is currently, or has previously been, a patient at one of Children’s clinics or hospitals, there are many ways you can help make the Children’s care experience better for other patients and families, like yours.
Learn more about how you can get involved in Families as Partners pathways by contacting Tessa Billman, patient- and family-centered care coordinator, at 612-813-7407 or by email.
The Families as Partners program promotes, coordinates and supports family involvement throughout Children’s through the following pathways:
Families as Partners pathways
In the Family-to-Family Program, families use their experiences to mentor, provide encouragement, emotional support and non-medical information to hospitalized patients and 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 Minnesota 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.
Families as Faculty
Participate in sessions that provide patient- and family-centered care education for physicians, nurses and staff.
Share your family’s story at special events and meetings.
The Family Advisory Council
The Family Advisory Council is a diverse group of families who collaborate with Children’s Minnesota staff to enhance the patient and family experience. FAC represents all Children’s Minnesota families. 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.