Family Navigation and Engagement in Autism Care
Over 60 attendees from 10 states participated, either in person or virtually, in the 2017 SPHARC Peer-to-Peer Exchange in Warwick, R.I., on June 20-21. Over 60 attendees from 10 states participated, either in person or virtually. The exchange, facilitated by AMCHP staff members Paige Bussanich, Cori Floyd, and Anna Watson, focused on "The Evolution of Family Navigation and Engagement in ASD/DD Systems of Care."
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) state autism grantees – both current (Delaware, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin) and former (Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Ohio) – learned more about Rhode Island's successes with The Autism Project's family navigation program, as well as victories and lessons learned from one another for improving systems for family navigation. Among the activities:
· A panel of family navigators from Rhode Island and Delaware discussed their journeys to becoming family navigators.
· A panel of individuals who have benefitted from family navigation services (parents, grandparents, clinicians, researchers) discussed their experiences with family navigators.
· Current grantees worked alongside former grantees to think through action plans as they prepare for year two of the current grant cycle.
Leticia Manning, the grant's project officer from HRSA, provided pertinent updates to grantees. AMCHP staff Michelle Jarvis, Caroline Stampfel, Kate Taft, and Kelly Umana helped coordinate and plan the meeting.