Family Engagement

Building Capacity for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Children’s Hospital Patient Family Advisory Councils


Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care

Primary Contact

Pam Dardess

Grant Amount

$220,452 for 18 months

Date Awarded

May 2022


Patient Family Advisory Councils (PFACs) play an important role in children’s hospitals. These grant funds will be used to identify promising practices that can be used to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in these councils. The researchers will fill a gap in the field by developing information that can help hospitals recognize and understand critical issues and important actions needed for increasing PFAC diversity and for partnering with Patient and Family Advisors (PFAs) in their DEI initiatives. The project team will disseminate the results of an environmental scan and prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal with the aim of reaching hospital leadership, individuals working in DEI within children’s hospitals, and PFAC leaders.