The FamilY Partnerships Network (FPN) is an advisory group to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Board of Directors, which has a goal of developing and implementing a strategy to expand the opportunity for parent/family/youth input and participation in AAP activities and programs. The FPN was officially established in 2014, and is governed by a 7 member Executive Committee comprised of family advisors representing various interests, experience, and perspectives. While the FPN was more recently established, the AAP has a long history of engaging families in its programs/activities, starting in 1999 on medical home initiatives, as well as the establishment of the Parent Advisory Group under the Section on Home Care in 2007.
Members of the FamilY Partnerships Network include family advisors to AAP Committees, Councils, and Sections, and representatives from national family organizations. The FPN is designed to provide mentorship and training to family and youth advisors who are new to the AAP, as well as to provide a forum to family advisors to share best practices and lessons learned about partnering with health care professionals in change and improvement.
Mission of the FPN
The mission of the AAP FamilY Partnerships Network (FPN) is to represent family and youth perspectives, lead and facilitate youth and family engagement, and support ongoing youth and family involvement at the local, state, and national level within the AAP and other stakeholders. The work of the FPN is guided by the AAP Principles for Family Engagement, which are as follows:
The family is the principal caregiver and the center of strength and support for children.
The AAP recognizes that perspectives and information provided by families, children, adolescents, and young adults are essential components of collaborative decision-making in the delivery of high-quality, safe, and compassionate care. Patients and their families are integral partners of the health care team.
The AAP recognizes the value of diversity among patients, families, and pediatricians. The delivery of care within the context of appropriate physician knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of cultural and population distinctions take into account families' experiences, beliefs, values actions, customs, and unique health care needs.
Recognizing, valuing, and building on the strengths of individual children and families and empowering them to discover and communicate their own strengths, build confidence, and partner in making choices and decisions about their health care is vital to optimal health and development.
To promote improved patient, family, and physician experiences and outcomes, the AAP encourages and supports family engagement in its core competencies of education, practice, research, and advocacy.