The participation of patients and family members on our Patient and Family Advisory Councils is very important in helping us continually improve the services we offer to the community. As a council member, you work alongside healthcare professionals to tackle issues that are easier to see from "the other side of the bed." This includes helping to identify issues that are more important to patients and families than healthcare professionals realize. With your input, we can design programs and services that meet real healthcare needs as patients and families define them.
Roles for Advisors
In addition to being on a formal committee, there are many other ways you can participate in our Patient and Family Advisory Councils. Here are some of the ways you can make a difference:
- Join a task force
- Become an advisory board member
- Evaluate programs
- Serve as co-faculty for staff education
- Mentor other families
- Review grants
- Review audiovisual and written materials
- Participate in focus groups
- Join a committee to hire new staff
- Help with fundraisers
- Participate at conferences and working meetings
- Participate in quality improvement initiatives
Want to Become a Patient and Family Advisor?
As a consumer of health services, your observations and ideas about what works - and does not work - for you and family are invaluable tools for enhancing the quality of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. By becoming a patient and family advisor, you can play an active role in helping us design programs and services that meet real healthcare needs as patients and families define them.
To apply for a position as a patient and family advisor, download and turn in the completed application by either faxing to 954-265-0199 or bringing it to the next Family Advisory Council and / or Youth Advisory Council meeting that you are able to attend.
Youth Advisory Council
The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) includes patients age 12 and older. During monthly meetings, they contribute information and opinions about many aspects of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Turn in the completed application by either faxing it to 954-265-0199 or bringing it to the next Family Advisory Council and/or Youth Advisory Council meeting you are able to attend.