Our healthcare arm, New Hampshire Family Voices, is part of a network of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs/disabilities around the nation.
In the early 1990s, during the health care reform discussions of the Clinton administration, a group of families of children and youth with special health care needs realized that no one was speaking up for the unique concerns of their children. These families contacted other parents they knew around the nation. Families responded enthusiastically and there was an immediate groundswell of support to advocate for better health care for their children. Family Voices was born.
New Hampshire was one of the first Family Voices organizations in the nation to respond to this call. NH Family Voices began in 1994 as a grassroots network of families of children and youth with special health care needs for the purpose of sharing information, resources, health programs, and policies.
Today, NHFV continues its work to assist parents and professionals in navigating the systems of care that deliver services. Through the engagement of families across NH, and our partnerships, we participate in program development, implementation and provide free, confidential services to families and professionals caring for children with chronic conditions and/or disabilities. We empower and inform families and professionals to feel confident when making choices for children and youth in their care.
We do this by:
- Helping families understand the systems of health care they are using and how to navigate and influence them
- Providing families with tools to make informed decisions as they experience diagnosis and treatment options
- Assisting families in accessing health care financing options for their family members with special health care needs.
- Helping families, providers, communities to come together to create a “fully accessible” community for children with special health care needs.
We work with:
- Health care providers
- Community groups
- NH state government
- Health care payors