Five Top Tips for Engaging Families in Advisory Roles: Advice from a Family Leader

Teresa Jurado, the mother of a 27-year-old son with cerebral palsy, currently is a parent mentor at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. She previously chaired a family advisory committee for the Health Plan of San Mateo in California. Her wealth of experience navigating the myriad systems essential to her son’s health and well-being, combined with her professional background as a parent health liaison and a parent mentor, led to her role as chair of the committee. She takes pride in having facilitated and maintained a lively, engaged group whose feedback to the Health Plan resulted in service delivery improvements. Ms. Jurado offers her five top tips for meaningfully engaging a group of family advisors.

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