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Family To Family Health Information Center

Family To Family Health Information Centers (F2F-HIC) are established to provide information and assistance to families of children and youth with special health care needs.  Idaho Parents Unlimited is the F2F-HIC for Idaho.

As a parent led organization, we recognize that caring for children with special health care needs is often complex. Like you, we are parents of children and young adults with physical, developmental, and mental health challenges, and we have firsthand experience negotiating the maze of health care services and programs in our state.

We assist families of children with special health care needs to become informed, experienced, and self-sufficient advocates for their children and themselves.

The Health Resource  Services Administration (HRSA's) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), together with its partners, has identified six core outcomes to promote the community-based system of services mandated for all children with special health care needs under Title V, Healthy People 2010, and the President’s New Freedom Initiative (NFI) designed to break down barriers to community living for people with disabilities. These outcomes give us a concrete way to measure our progress in making family-centered care a reality and in putting in place the kind of systems all children with special health care needs deserve. Progress toward the overall goal can be measured using these six critical indicators:

Idaho Family Voices 

IPUL is the Family Voices State Affiliate Organization. Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care
for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.Family Voices Logo

We provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

Health Information Across the Lifecourse:



Bright Futures Website 

Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves a trusting relationship between the health professional, the child, the family, and the community as partners in health practice.

Launched by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau in 1990, the Bright Futures initiative is focused at the American Academy of Pediatrics and a collaborative of other federally- and State-funded Bright Futures projects (click below for select projects).

Health and Welfare of Idaho Website

The Idaho Children's Special Health Program (CSHP) provides consultation, information, technical assistance and referral services for the families of children who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. CSHP works with families, providers and communities to help establish and maintain a system of information, provide referral and follow-up services.

CSHP also promotes parent-to-parent support networks to ensure that all families have access to support services and health benefits counseling, and attempts to build systems of care in collaboration with other child/family efforts to link community-based health, social services and education agencies.

Family To Family Project Purpose

Families with children and youth who have special health care needs need help with the numerous problems they encounter.  The Family To Family project assists families with those problems, which include:

  1. Finding payment for medical care
  2. Obtaining help navigating public health care financial problems
  3. Seeking dialogue with other parents in similar situations
  4. Advocating for their child
  5. Looking for information to find community resources
  6. Linking to an established clearing house of information about health care issues
  7. Obtaining one to one assistance finding information and getting referrals for specific health problems
  8. Locating and attending workshops and obtaining materials about related health care issues, including information tailored to assist youth and parents in transition to adulthood
  9. Collaborating with Idaho's Family Voices and the national network of Family Voices, which are the technical assistance arms of  F 2 F
  10. Gaining empowerment to make changes in established federal, state, and local governing systems

The Family To Family Health Information Center at Idaho Parents Unlimited provides these services statewide.

Maternal and Child Health Library

The Maternal and Child Health Library, located at Georgetown University, includes knowledge about caring for children and youth with special health care needs. It offers a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at developing systems of care that are family-centered, community-based, coordinated, and culturally competent. A separate section lists resources for families. The final part of the knowledge path presents resources that address specific aspects of care and development, such as advocacy, early intervention and education, financing services, rehabilitation, screening, and transition. This knowledge path for health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, educators, researchers, and families will be updated periodically. For more information go to http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_cshcn.html

A leader in health policy and communications, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies.http://www.kff.org/


Promoting Children's Long-Term Health and Functioning: Applying a Life Course Approach to Pediatric Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Life Course Theory (LCT) takes into account variations in timing, timeline, environment and equity in experiences and exposures across individuals and populations—and examines the impact on health throughout life. Life course science has been embraced by health researchers, public health agencies, health policy experts, health care providers and leading academics in the U.S. and abroad. However, the translation of LCT to actual pediatric practice and systems has been slow to take hold in any organized way. Promoting life course implementation in pediatric care for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) requires a life course implementation framework specifically designed by and for this constituency, with the goal of helping pediatric practices define and become life course practice settings. As a first step in moving toward such a framework, this report outlines key themes identified through a literature review and interviews and consolidates them into six action areas for pediatric practices.

Download the report here.

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