Friday, April 20, 2018

The Importance of Having Family Leaders on your CFPS Review Team

Christal Garcia, a Family Leader Training Institute graduate, has chosen to share a part of her story to inform prevention efforts and advance health equity within CDPHE and her community.

What is a family leader?  In Christal's own words, it is someone who is "empowered to help others who do not have a voice or the tools to create change in their communities."

"Connecting FLTI Family Leaders to your work can be so beneficial on many levels because of their lived experience and expertise in being change agents in their communities. Since graduating as a family leader, I have become a member of the Child Fatality Prevention System State Team, an active member of the Arapahoe County Local Child Fatality Review Team, Infant Safe Sleep Partnership, and the Essentials for Childhood and Community Norms work group. I am a leader in Health Equity and inform prevention efforts based on my lived experiences. "

"Because of my lived experience I know I can help others who wear the same shoes as I do, and the valuable information I hold can touch many others and encourage families to live a healthy, successful life. Considering the importance of social determinants of health and equity and justice, I am very proud to be a Family Leader."

If you are interested in learning more, Christal is presenting at the Shared Risk and Protective Factors conference on Thursday, May 31! The title of her session is: Utilizing the Family Leadership Training Institute to Advance Prevention Efforts. If you are unable to join us at the conference, you can contact Christal via phone or email: 303-692-2552;

To read Christals' full story: click here
For Guidance on how to include Family Leadership: click here (this document also lives under the resource tab)

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