Raising Awareness of the Family Advisory Board
Beth Lavrinoff, MRC
Co-Chair, MICH Family Advisory Board
The members of the Family Advisory Board (FAB) are all committed to making the hospital experience a much safer and more pleasant experience for children and their families. During recent Family Advisory Board meetings, parents have expressed their frustration with knowing that Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital gives excellent care, but question, “Why don’t more people from the community know that?” Therefore, as part of our ongoing Family Centered Care initiative, we are pleased to announce our involvement in joining health fairs and symposiums in various communities across Brooklyn.
On Sunday, April 22nd the Family Advisory Board was represented by the Director of Child Life and co-chair of the FAB, Lenia Batas, participating in an Egyptian-American Health Fair located in Bay Ridge. Lenia was able to meet and mingle with people from that community, some of whom receive services at Maimonides and others who were eager to hear about the wonderful Children’s Hospital that is located right here in Brooklyn!
On April 25th the Family Advisory Board was also represented by Beth Lavrinoff, Family Consultant and co-chair of the FAB, at the N’shei Bobov women’s health symposium. The Patient Relations Department sponsored an informative evening in which approximately 600 women filled the luxurious room and partook in a dinner that featured the services that the community could receive at Maimonides from Labor and Delivery through Pediatrics. The entrance table displayed a large billboard with information about the function of parent-to-parent support and FAB, as well as other materials and brochures regarding Family Centered Care.
The women who attended the event were also given an opportunity to offer feedback of their experiences while they were inpatients here at Maimonides. This feedback is crucial in understanding how that community can be better understood and served. Many women expressed their desire to see a more Family Centered Care approach in the hospital since this is where their children come for services, and they were warmed to know that they too can have a voice on a board that is designed for accomplishing what a children’s hospital is meant to offer.
We are looking forward to participating in two more health fairs in June, one in the Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach community and one for the United Federation of Teachers. Recruitment for the Family Advisory Board and information regarding Family Centered Care will be the focus of FAB members attending the event and meeting with community members.