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Family-Centered Care

Family-Centered CareFamily-centered care ensures the health and well-being of children and their families though a partnership approach to health care decision-making between the family and health care provider.  It honors the strengths, cultures, traditions, and expertise that everyone brings to this relationship.  This page contains learning opportunities aimed to assist MCH professionals increase their knowledge and skills of the family-centered system of care and improve the health outcomes of women, children and families.

Family-Professional Partnerships, Competency 8 of the MCH Leadership Competencies provides the organizing framework for learning opportunities presented on this page. Goal 3 of the Division of MCH Workforce Development's Strategic Plan 2012-2020 supports interdisciplinary/interprofessional graduate education and training programs that emphasize leadership, and family-centered, community-based, and culturally competent systems of care. Also see the Family Engagement Training Brief.

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Competency 8K1: The definition of family-centered care and the origin of the family-centered care perspective.

Competency 8K2: At least one example of the principles of family-centered care in MCH policies, programs, or clinical practice (e.g., a medical home model of primary care).


Competency 8S1: Solicit and use family input in a meaningful way in the design or delivery of clinical services, program planning and evaluation.

Competency 8S2: Operationalize the “family-centered care” philosophical constructs (e.g., families and professionals share decisionmaking; professionals use a strengths-based approach when working with families) and use these constructs to critique and strengthen practices, programs, or policies that affect MCH population groups.

Competency 8S3: Ensure that family perspectives play a pivotal role in MCH research, clinical practice, programs, or policy (e.g., in community needs assessments, processes to establish priorities for new initiatives or research agendas, or the development of clinical guidelines).

Competency 8S4: Assist primary care providers, organizations, and/or health plans to develop, implement, and/or evaluate models of family-centered care.

Competency 8S5: Incorporate family-centered and medical home models of health care delivery into health professions and continuing education curricula and assess the effect of this training on professional skills, health programs, or policies.

Resources from NCEMCHNCEMCH

March 2015; Updated August 2015

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.