For Patients and Families
Families as Classroom Teachers (FACT) and Families as Mentors (FAM) allow students and future medical professionals to know what families experience when they have a child with a chronic or long-lasting illness or disability. Families teach students that the physical signs are only a small part of living with a child who has chronic illness or disability.
- Improve communication between doctors, medical staff and families
- Improve the understanding of issues that families encounter
- Improve the sharing of information and resources with families
- Promote family centered care values
FACT/FAM families teach students and future medical professionals about
- How to talk to families
- Family problems
- Child development and learning issues
- Medicine, therapy, and child care challenges
- Supporting families needs
- Grief and emotions
Families can be part of the program by giving classroom presentations about their experiences (FACT). They can also allow students to visit their homes to learn about living with a chronic illness or disability (FAM).
If you and your family want to participate, please complete the family participation application form or read more about the program on the Family information page.
Teachers and students who want to have a home visit or have a family visit your classroom: please contact us by completing a classroom request form, or by phone at (615) 936-2558.
If you have attended a classroom talk or home visit, please complete one of the review forms below:
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