Family Voices of Tennessee
This program is a partnership with the TN Department of Health (Title V, Children’s Special Services), Vanderbilt University, and other agencies. The program is directed by Belinda Hotchkiss.
Family Voices Funding:
The Tennessee Affordable Care Act Family-to-Family Health Information Center is funded by a grant from the US Department of Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Project # H84MC00004-09-00). For more information on the Affordable Care Act, please go to Family Voices Links in the upper left column of this page.
About Family Voices:
Family Voices, Inc., was founded in 1992 by family leaders concerned about the changing health care environment and the implications for our children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or other special health care needs.
Based in New Mexico, Family Voices, is a network of leaders working with families and professionals at the local, state, and national level to improve health care and related services for children.
Family Voices of Tennessee started in 1993 as a program of the Tennessee Disability Coalition and became the first state chapter formally sanctioned by the national organization in the last quarter of 2000. Family-Voices of Tennessee was one of six Family-Voices state programs during 1999-2001 to participate in a pilot program to develop Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2FHICs).
These F2FHICs are designed to be family-friendly places to learn about health care service systems and programs for children with special needs. Their purpose is to provide training or assistance to families in navigating various service systems, including Medicaid and TennCare, SSI for Children, Title V (Children’s Special Services), Early Intervention (TEIS), and other programs. Family Voices of Tennessee continues to operate a F2FHIC.
In the spring of 2001, Family Voices of Tennessee received a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the Tennessee AAP Chapter to develop an outreach and training program to promote Medical Homes for CSHCN. A Medical Home is not a place, but a philosophy that pediatricians have a shared responsibility with families in coordinating care and services to meet the needs of the child and family. Working in concert with pediatricians, other health care providers, state administrators, family representatives and advocates, our goal is to facilitate Medical Homes for all children in Tennessee.
Family Voices of Tennessee is operated by and for families in our state:
To assist families as they navigate public and private health systems and insurance plans (including TennCare and commercial plans)
To educate families about how to access services and resources for their children and how to work with health providers
To listen to families as they describe their encounters with health systems and help guide them to possible solutions
To work with families, health care providers, public and private agencies, and advocacy or support groups to promote family-centered care and medical homes for children with special health care needs
To promote discussion and linkages among families, providers, managed care programs, and government to better serve the health care and related needs of children and families in Tennessee