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Family Partnerships at Boston Children’s

At Boston Children’s Hospital, we believe partnering with our patients and families is key in shaping the future of our organization. Our Family Partnerships Program helps make this possible. It offers patients and families different ways to lend their voices to projects and initiatives that seek to improve patient and family experiences before, during, and after their hospital experience.

The Boston Children’s Hospital Family Partnerships Program is committed to ensuring a membership culture that is welcoming, inclusive, and respectful of diversity. This includes working to establish and maintain an anti-racist environment, free of any discrimination or bias. Our goal is to ensure that members reflect the diversity of the families we are privileged to serve. That diversity includes such things as race, ethnicity, nationality, LGBTQ+, ability, and care and services received

Who we are

The Family Partnerships Program is an important program within the Office of Experience. Led by the director of patient experience, this program is staffed by Family Partnerships Coordinators (FPC) who are dedicated to weaving the voices of patients and families into strategic work being done here at Boston Children’s.

Meet our FPCs

Family Partnerships Coordinators (FPC) are parents of current Boston Children’s patients. They leverage their personal experiences in addition to liaising with other patients and families in the spirit of collaboration between those seeking medical care and those providing it.

Headshot of Family Advisory Council's Katie Litterer

Katie Litterer

Family Partnerships Coordinator

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Headshot of Family Advisory Council's Esterlina MacInnes

Esterlina MacInnes

Family Partnerships Coordinator

Read more about Esterlina and her family:

There is absolutely no replacement for the voices of families and patients to inform all that we strive to do here at Boston Children's. The lived experience of patients and caregivers wherever they may be in their healthcare journey, is brought to life through their stories, feedback. suggestions and participation whether that be at the bedside or in formalized forums like the Family Advisory Council. Without the partnership of patients and families, Boston Children’s could not continue to evolve and grow both in the kinds of care we provide and the quality of patient family experience, but in health care outcomes as well.
Allison Scobie-Caroll, MSW, LICSW, MBA

Allison Scobie-Carroll, LICSW, MBA

Senior Director of Social Work and Family Services

Boston Children's Hospital

 

Ways to get involved

Are you interested in sharing your insights and perspectives with Boston Children’s? Below are some opportunities you might consider. We hope you find one or more that work for you.

Lend your voice

  • Hospitalwide Family Advisory Council (FAC): The FAC is made up of parents/caregivers of Boston Children’s patients as well as several Boston Children’s staff members. Our mission is to ensure that patients and families are engaged in all decisions that affect quality of care, safety and patient experience.
  • E-Advisors Program: E-Advisors are given the opportunity to lend their voice with minimal time commitment from the comfort of their own home.
  • Specialty Family Advisory Councils (SFAC): In addition to the hospital-wide Family Advisory Council there are several  SFAC’s providing valuable insights through their work on projects associated with a specific diagnosis, inpatient unit or patient population.
  • Teen Advisory Committee: The Teen Advisory Committee began at Boston Children's Hospital in 2002 and consists of adolescents and young adults who receive their care at Boston Children’s.

Support other families

  • Share your story: Our Answers blog highlights patient and family stories. If you are interested in sharing your family’s journey, visit the Answers home page and click on "share your story" in the upper right-hand corner.

Give feedback

  • Best in Care Award: The Best in Care Award offers a way for families to recognize staff members and volunteers who go above and beyond in providing exceptional care experiences. Consider sharing your gratitude by submitting a nomination.
  • Suggestion Box: Do you have an idea on how we might improve at Boston Children's? Please share it with us! Our Suggestion Box is a place for you to share your ideas about what could improve your experience — and the experiences of others.
  • Patient Relations: If you have constructive feedback or a complaint about your family’s personal experience, the Boston Children’s patient relations team is here to listen to your concerns and work with you to find solutions. Please contact the team at 617-355-7673.

Other opportunities

Didn’t find what you are looking for? There may be other options to get involved/give back that better suit your needs. Check out our Volunteer Services and Children’s Hospital Trust pages for additional opportunities.