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Archived/Broken Link: Increasing Meaningful Partnerships between Families and MCH Partnerships [Cultivating Family/Professional Partnerships]

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Date Developed: Unknown. Source: Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute. Presenter(s): Eileen Forlenza. Type: Narrated Slide Presentation. Level: Intermediate Advanced. Length: 30 minutes.


In this 30-minute presentation, Eileen Forlenza, a nationally renowned family leader and speaker on Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN), addresses four critical strategies to establish meaningful partnerships between families of CSHCN and MCH professionals. The focus of the lesson is on the importance of involving and partnering with families at all levels of programming and leadership in public health organizations—especially organizations that work with children and individuals with special health care needs. The presentation provides valuable skills to engage and empower families as well as considerations organizations should take into account in regard to quality improvement and shifting the role of the agency from a dependency model to an empowerment model. It also gives tangible tools to promote family leadership, participation, and inclusion in all areas of an organization.

Learning Objectives

• Understand how to create a shared vision.

• Describe the progression of family leadership.

• Learn how you can promote partnerships in public health.

Special Instructions

To access this learning opportunity, scroll down on the landing page to “Increasing Meaningful Partnerships between Families and MCH Partnerships” leadership module and click on “View Module Presentation.” Title on the first slide is "Cultivating Family/Professional Partnerships." No audio. Requires Flash in your web browser.

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 $225,000/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.