Family Advocacy and Involvement in Title V Programs

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Date Developed: 12/1/2011. Source: South Central Public Health Training Center. Presenter(s): Rylin Rodgers, BA. Type: Video Webinar. Level: Intermediate Advanced. Length: 90 minutes.


This webcast reviews the role of family advocates in collaborating with Title V program staff. The presenter describes the benefits of partnering with family advocates — such as providing different perspectives — and the support advocates can bring to maternal and child health policy and programs. The appropriate roles for family advocates are presented, such as leading advocacy groups, acting as grant reviewers, becoming members of Boards of Trustees, and acting as group facilitators, among other roles. In addition, the skills and training advocates need to successfully collaborate with Title V programs are also discussed. Lastly, the presenter leads a discussion of examples of successful models of partnership such as collaborations within the Alabama Health Department.

Learning Objectives

• Describe the benefits of partnering with families, including advocacy for Title V programs, and supporting maternal and child health policy.

• Discuss appropriate roles for family advocates and how Title V programs can operationalize their involvement.

• Discuss what skills and training family advocates need to be successful in partnership with Title V programs.

• Provide examples of successful models for partnership between family advocates and Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs.

Special Instructions

To access the video, scroll down on the landing page to the “View Program” gray box and choose a player to open the presentation. [Note: Need Real Player or Windows Media Player to watch].

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.