Family Advisory Network
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In 1999, the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) created the Family Advisory Network (FAN) to facilitate the inclusion of family representatives in state EMSC programs. Today, the FAN membership includes family representatives from 54 states and U.S. territories. As of March 2014, seven EMSC grantees had more than one state family representative on their team.
FAN members contribute to their state program activities in numerous ways, including, but not limited to: serving as members, chairs, and co-chairs of their state EMSC advisory committee; coordinating special community outreach projects, such as the Special Needs Alert Program (SNAP) in Delaware; assisting with the development and implementation of EMSC policy objectives; and helping to plan, present, and promote educational offerings within their state. Family representatives are also involved at the national level. Several FAN members sit on the federal EMSC Strategic Planning Committee; others are involved on the EMSC Program Meeting Planning Committee. In addition, members share resources and information through the EMSC NRC bi-weekly electronic news digest EMSC QuickNews.
To learn more about FAN or to inquire about involvement in the network, contact Tony Gilchrest at the EMSC NRC.