National Center for Family–Professional Partnerships
Building the capacity of family-led organizations to reach and serve diverse families, and of Maternal and Child Health programs to partner with diverse family and youth leaders
What We Do
Funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the NCFPP is one of six national centers funded to provide technical assistance to improve outcomes for children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN). SPAN’s Executive Co-Director Diana Autin is Project Co-Director with Nora Wells and Bev Baker of Family Voices.
SPAN’s focus is working with the network of Family to Family Health Information Centers and Maternal and Child Health Programs across the country to enhance their capacity to develop, engage, and support diverse family and youth leaders in systems change for CYSHCN. We use materials from Serving on Groups and Leading by Convening: The Partnership Way in this work.
Other partners include the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Parent to Parent USA, Wisconsin FACETS, Youth MOVE, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and Kids As Self Advocates (KASA), among others. A National Diverse Leadership Development Advisory Team composed of diverse parent leaders from varied racial, ethnic, and language backgrounds across the country advises the work.
- Providing train-the-trainer sessions on Serving on Groups and other modules to build the capacity of diverse families and youth with special healthcare needs (SHCN) to participate in systems-level improvement efforts and policy changes to Family to Family Health Information Centers, Family Voices State Affiliate Organizations, and other family leaders working to improve systems for children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN)
- Providing leadership development for national, state, and local government agencies, other Maternal and Child Health Bureau investments, and family-led organizations on deeply and meaningfully engaging diverse family and youth leaders and family-led organizations using Leading by Convening: The Partnership Way (developed by the IDEA Partnership)
- Providing follow-up technical assistance to family-led organizations, state Maternal and Child Health Title V organizations, and other MCHB investments on strategies to identify, develop, engage, and support diverse family and youth leaders in systems improvement efforts
- Connecting diverse family and youth leaders to ongoing leadership development and engagement opportunities, and to each other for continued support
Resources & Materials
Leadership is a Journey: A Series for Youth Self-Advocates | Youth leadership webinar series that supports the identification of leadership as a journey and support understanding and learning in key leadership development areas
National Center for Family-Professional Partnerships | Link to the NCFPP website
Family-Centered Care Assessment | Nationally validated tool to assess family-centered care
Pre-Post Results | Serving on Groups: Train the Trainer sessions
Pre-Post Results | Leading by Convening full day workshops
The National Center for Family-Professional Partnerships is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources Service Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau. National Family Voices is the NCFPP grantee and SPAN is a partner via subcontract.