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Connecting Families: Important and Up to Date Health Care Information for CYSHCN

April 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Mass Family Voices (MFV) will share information on importance of vaccines for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) including storyboards to use with children, myths vs. facts, common side effects, prevention tips, etc. We will also offer information on the new MassHealth redetermination campaign and how to organize all of this information with a health care notebook. The presentation includes links to resources and examples to download.

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Presenter: Melanie McLaughlin, EdM, Project Director, Mass Family Voices F2F Health Information Center

Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, EdM is the proud mother of three children one of whom has Down syndrome. Melanie first came to the Federation as a parent with a prenatal diagnosis seeking resources, then as a volunteer and later a board member. Melanie was the first Allen C. Crocker Fellow with the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston and Boston Children’s Hospital. She has a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was a Teaching Fellow with senior faculty member and pioneer in inclusive education, Dr. Thomas Hehir. She was also an equity coach with the Harvard Reimagining Equity and Diversity (RIDES) project. Melanie was a family faculty member with the Arc of MA and Operation House Call at Tufts Medical Center, a program that educates doctors about best practices for treating individuals with disabilities. She is a school committee member with Medford Public schools and was the co-chair of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Educations Special Advisory Council (SAC). Because of both her personal and professional expertise, Melanie is passionate about removing systemic barriers for marginalized children and families. She believes family-centered care improves outcomes for all. Melanie is also an Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker who transformed a traumatic childhood experience into a formative life lesson through her HBOMax documentary, Have You Seen Andy.

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April 13
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Federation for Children with Special Needs
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