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SPAN to Collaborate with National Family Voices in National Center for Family-Professional Partnerships

SPAN partnered with National Family Voices in a successful application to serve as the National Center for Family-Professional Partnerships for 2016-2019 (…/familypropartnerships/index.html). Funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the NCFPP is one of six national centers funded to provide technical assistance to improve outcomes for children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN). SPAN's Executive Co-Director Diana Autin will serve as Project Co-Director with Nora Wells and Bev Baker of Family Voices.  SPAN's focus in the new project will be on working with the network of Family to Family Health Information Centers ( Maternal and Child Health Programs across the country to enhance their capacity to develop, engage, and support diverse family and youth leaders in systems change for CYSHCN. We will use materials from Serving on Groups ( and Leading by Convening: The Partnership Way (…/the-partnership-way.html) in this work.  Other partners include the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Parent to Parent USA, Wisconsin FACETS, Youth MOVE, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and Kids As Self Advocates (KASA), among others.  For more information, contact Diana Autin at 973-642-8100 x 105 or