April 20-21, 2017
Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill

2500 Legends Circle, Prattville, AL 36066 (map)


2016 SummitOn April 20-21, 2017, we will hold the 7th Annual Partners in Care Summit.

It is sponsored by Family Voices of Alabama and the Family to Family Health Information Center, in collaboration with Children's Rehabilitation Service (CRS). Each Summit is a great opportunity for learning, networking and interacting with others who care about children and families!

More information will be available and registration will open in February 2017.

Plan to attend April 20-21, 2017!

Our 2016 Summit was a great success!

Our 6th Annual Partners in Care Summit was held April 14-15, 2016 at the Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville, AL 36066. You can read a little about the Summit below and Like our Facebook page to see the pictures as they are posted! 

2016 Partners in Care Summit Recap

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Thursday was for family members only and ran from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Dinner was on your own - a time to network with old and new friends.

After registration and introductions, we heard from two interesting speakers.

  • Nancy Anderson, Attorney/Associate Director, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, The University of Alabama, nanderson@adap.ua.edu
    Topic: “Children and Medicaid: Providing the Right Care”
  • Dr. Bill Schwab, Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, William.schwab@fammed.wisc.edu
    Topic: “Diagnosing Doctors”

Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday was for families and professionals and ran from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM. The presentations and speakers enlightened the attendees as follows:

  • Dr. Bill Schwab, Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, William.schwab@fammed.wisc.edu
    Topic: “Moving Forward with Patient and Family-Centered Care: Partnerships for Quality and Safety”
    Objectives: Participants will
    - Develop an expanded definition of “family”
    - Be able to differentiate system-centered, patient-focused, family-focused, and patient and family-centered care
    - Be able to describe how patient and family-centered care practice is integral to providing high quality health care
  • Sharon Parker, BSN, RN, CVRN-BC, CHTS-CP, PCHM CCE, Chief Quality Officer, Alabama Primary Health Care Association, sparker@alphca.com
    Topic: “Documenting Performance Results in the New Medicaid Program”
    - Value-based purchasing and quality improvement programs, what do the changes mean?
    - RCO Reporting Goals
    - Quality Measurement to drive improvement
  • Cason Benton, MD, FAAP, cbenton@peds.uab.edu
    Cathy Caldwell, Director, Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance, Alabama Department of Public Health,Cathy.caldwell@adph.state.al.us
    Topic: “Fixing a Bike While Riding It: Parents, Providers, and Policy in Healthcare Quality Improvement”
    - Understand implications of quality improvement’s new role in health care
    - Describe the importance of family involvement in quality improvement at the practice and policy level
    - Become familiar with PCOR and CER
  • Suzanne Respess, Vice President, Government Relations, Children’s of Alabama, Suzanne.respess@childrensal.org
    Topic: “Prep for the Changing Pediatric Health Care Delivery System”
    - Preparing parents with framework to analyze their health plans, think through and develop concerns for access and logistics, and seek solutions in caring for a child/adult with special needs.
    - Understand the direction CMS is driving public policy and payment methodologies for Medicare and Medicaid populations and providers

Participants in the Summit will:

  • Strengthen networks with other families and care professionals
  • Discuss current challenges to developing quality systems of care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (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

Continuing Education. Children’s Rehabilitation Service is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Alabama Board of Nursing through April 16, 2017, and a provider of continuing education in social work by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners, Provider #0204.

Attendee Registration Information

Register Online. To register online, go to

Check back for 2017 registration information!


Register by Mail. To register by mail, complete the registration form on the Summit Registration brochure below. The brochure can be completed online and saved to your computer or just print it and complete it by hand.

Partners in Care 2016 Summit Brochure and Registration (pdf)
This is the old brochure and is provided for your information only. All information is subject to change.

Make checks payable to “Family Voices of Alabama” and mail to:
     Family Voices of Alabama
     1520 Hallwood Lane
     Montgomery, AL 36117



Please call 1-877-771-3862 or 251-635-9178.

"Together We Can"
Partners in Care Summit
submitted by A. Jordan of Madison, AL



We would like to ask you to consider sponsoring this important event. By sponsoring the Partners in Care Summit, you will be helping families across the state of Alabama become leaders in their communities and better partners with the professionals they interface with in regard to their children's health care. Your assistance will help us to be able to provide additional resources to these families and the professionals who attend the Summit. - More -

If you would like to be a sponsor of the Summit, please contact our office.

Exhibits and Vendors

If you want to connect with parents, professionals and providers that work with children with special health care needs and/or disabilities this conference is for you. - More -

Reserve your space now!

Please contact our office.


Training from Past Summits

Training videos from past Summits are available online through our Video Training Center.


This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H84MC12901 Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN for $95,700, 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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