Build a Bright Futures Team for Your Children's Good Health
Why a team? Raising children is important, rewarding, hard work. Parents need partners - a team! (Your team might meet or could be a "virtual team.")
1. Commit yourself to work for excellent outcomes for your children.
2. Develop good working relationships with everybody who is key in your children's lives.
3. Enlist them! Tell them how important they are to your children's health and well-being. Let them know what you hope and need.
4. Respect the knowledge, skills, experience, and qualities each of these partners brings.
5. Build trust over time; it's fundamental to relationships that matter.
6. Talk openly, respectfully, and constructively. Consider what parts of your life/ your children's lives you want to keep private.
7. Ensure that your goals and values are known. Your background, culture, and interests are important.
8. When things are going well - cheer! Let others on your team know the good news.
9. Do your best to work out differences and problems. Expect some ups and downs in life and in relationships. Get help if needed to settle issues.
10. Be there as a partner for others - for all children! Others may need you on their team.
Adapted from: Bishop et al (1993). Family/ Professional Collaboration for Children with Special Health Care Needs and their Families. The Family/ Professional Collaboration Project
Partnerships can be formal or informal, short term or lifelong. Partnerships grow and change, as your needs, interests, and circumstances do.
What can your team do? Different team members do very different things. Some are key players with special skills, some cheer, some coach, some pinch hit. Some are there every day, others just from time to time. Some partners change over time. Your job is to build your team in a way
that makes sense for you and your family.
Who are possible players are on your team?
-Family and friends - people who care about you and your children!
-Doctors, nurses, dentists and other health care workers - through your health plan, your Head Start program or school, at your job.
-Teachers and childcare workers.
- Organizations you're part of that offer partnering information and support.
-Neighbors and others in your community.
-People you feel good talking with about your children.
-Don't forget. . . children themselves!
Partners. Women's and Children's Health Policy Center. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (WCHPC) is a university- based research center that develops methods and tools for health system assessment and analysis, and publishes policy research and technical resource materials to support maternal and child health practice and policy activities.