Family and Youth Engagement (includes fatherhood involvement, family-centered care)
Family engagement is becoming an important aspect of work in both the public and private sectors, but the understanding and quality of systems-level family engagement requires improvement. State agencies and other MCH stakeholders or partner organizations will test out Family Voices’ Family Engagement in Systems Assessment Tool. Participants will reflect on how they might improve upon existing family engagement policies and practices, discuss how the tool can be used to guide activities toward better family engagement, and share their own experiences partnering with families so that others might benefit. The policies and activities employed by MCHB and AMCHP to foster family engagement will be presented, and their anticipated uses of the tool for assessment and planning will be discussed.