Partners in Care Summit 2024
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Partners in Care Summit 2023 was great!
Partners in Care Summit 2023 was great!

Highlight photos are online!

A New Vision for Children with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families
Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill, Prattville

2500 Legends Circle, Prattville, AL 36066  

The information below is from the 2023 conference.

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Join us as we partner together and welcome our guest speakers.

Our 2023 Partners in Care Summit, is sponsored by Family Voices of Alabama and the Family to Family Health Information Center, in collaboration with Children's Rehabilitation Service (CRS).  This annual gathering is a great opportunity for learning, networking and interacting with others who care about children with special health care needs and their families!

Monday, April 17th is for family members and self-advocates only. This year, we will open registration at 12:30 pm and begin with "Resources for families - Made in Alabama" at 1:15 pm. The day will include "Finding Time to Take Care of Yourself" from 2:45 pm to 4:45 pm. The day will close at 5:00 after closing remarks and evaluations.  Dinner will be on your own - a time to network with old and new friends.  

Tuesday, April 19th, is designed for families of children and youth with special health care needs, self advocatess, and professionals who partner with them.  The conference will run from 8:00am to 3:15pm.  A light breakfast and lunch will be available on Tuesday

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 17

12:30 – 1:00 Registration
1:00 – 1:15 Welcome and introductions
1:15 – 2:30 Resources for Families – Made in Alabama
2:30 – 2:45 BREAK
2:45 – 4:45 Finding Time to Take Care of Yourself
4:45 – 5:00 Closing and evaluations


Tuesday, April 18

8:00 – 8:30 Registration and exhibits
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome
8:45 – 10:15 HRSA’s New Blueprint for Change for
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
– History and Development
10:15 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – Noon Bringing the Blueprint to Life at HRSA and in the States
Noon – 12:15 BREAK – Pick up lunch
12:15 – 1:15 Unwinding of the Public Health Emergency and
What this Means for Medicaid Recipients
1:15 – 1:30 BREAK
1:30 – 3:00 The Importance of a Focus on Quality of Life for Children and Families
3:00 – 3:15 Closing remarks


Summit participants will:

• Strengthen networks with other families and care professionals
• Discuss current challenges to developing quality systems of care for CYSHCN and their families in Alabama
• Develop strategies to strengthen partnerships between families and professionals, ultimately leading to improved outcomes for CYSHCN
• Gain skills and learn strategies to enhance leadership within organizations and communities

PIC Summit 2023 Session Objectives

Tuesday April 18:

Session 1, 8:45-10:15am 
Cathy Caldwell and Rylin Rodgers
HRSA’s New Blueprint for Change for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs-History and Development

Participants will:

  • Gain awareness of timeline and process for Blueprint development
  • Have opportunities to consider the impact of global context on development
  • Increase strategies to support the use of the Blueprint in work and advocacy

Session 2, 10:30-Noon
Claire Lenker
Title:  Bringing the Blueprint to Life at HRSA and in the States


Participants will:

  • Recognize how the Blueprint concepts apply to their setting
  • Brainstorm possible activities to implement the Blueprint in their setting
  • Identify at least one strategy for implementation in their setting

Session 3, 12:15-1:15pm
Gretel Felton and Marie Dean

Unwinding of the Public Health Emergency and What This Means for Medicaid Recipients

Participants will:

  •  Understand the AL Medicaid plans for unwinding
  •  Learn the duties of becoming an application assister
  • Learn the qualifications needed to complete the application assister training

Session 4, 1:30-3:00pm
Rylin Rodgers

The Importance of a Focus on Quality of Life for Children and Families on


Participants will:

  • Identify opportunities to break silos of services and experience
  • Explore difference in goals and values and impact on quality
  • Consider impact of focus on quality of life on transition and life course

Hotel accommodations:

A small block of rooms has been reserved by Family Voices for families attending the summit. (See back page of PDF registration form.) All other attendees should make their own hotel arrangements. Please contact Mattisa Moorer at 1-877-771-3862 as soon as possible to reserve your room.


Online Registration
2023 Eventbrite Registration


Mail Registration
Complete Registration Form (pdf)
2023 Partners in Care Registration Form
Make checks payable to
Family Voices of Alabama
and mail to:
Family Voices of Alabama
2633 Spring Lakes Crossing
Opelika AL 36801

We would love to see all of our families and providers collaborating and learning together, and we will. Above all is our desire to abide by the recommendations about groups of people gathering and also to not ask families who have children or youth with special needs to put themselves and their families at risk. Please continue to follow us on all platforms for continued updates on the Summit and other valuable resources.

*Children’s Rehabilitation Service is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing (#ABNP0038) by the Alabama Board of Nursing through March 30, 2025, and a provider of continuing education in social work by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners, Provider #0204. Both social work and nursing CEUs have been applied for.

Looking forward to having you join us!


The staff of Family Voices of Alabama
#fvalPIC #F2FHIC #PartnersInCare #CoronavirusUpdate #COVID19

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Sponsored in collaboration with Children’s Rehabilitation Service and the State Implementation Grant for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)


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A New Vision for Children
with Special Health Care Needs
and Their Families

in collaboration with
Children’s Rehabilitation Service (CRS)
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Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may call 1-877-771-3862; please leave a message including your phone number and email, and we will get back to you.

 What is the refund policy?

Refunds may be requested up to April 10, 2023

Is there a charge for parking?

No, free parking is available at the conference center.

What is the attire for the conference?

Professional/casual attire is fine.  Please bring a jacket if you tend to get cold in meeting rooms.

Will CEUs be offered?

Yes, CEUs have been applied for, for both nurses and social workers.  Certificates of attendance will also be available for other disciplines.

How can family members/youth request a scholarship?

We ask that each family member pay the $25 Registration Fee, however, reimbursement for mileage and/or assistance with childcare costs is available. No onsite childcare is available.  

Also, for those living outside the conference area, limited scholarships are offered on a first come/first served basis for hotel accomodations.  Attendance at all sessions on both days of the conference will be required.

PLEASE CONTACT Mattisa Moorer, Family Resource Specialist with Family Voices of AL at or Susan Colburn at to request/confirm a hotel scholarship and room reservation.

 Will meals be provided?

 Dinner will be "On Your Own" Monday night. A light breakfast and lunch will be available on Tuesday.

What about hotel accomodations for other attendees?
Please contact the
Marriott Legends
Courtyard by Marriott
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
(334.290.2970) or
Hampton Inn & Suites
(334.285.6767) and
inquire about their government rate.


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