Partners in Health
Help for families with a chronically ill child
Partners in Health is a Families First Home Visiting program that provides support to families of children (aged birth through 21) with a health condition that is expected to last 12 months or more. Partners in Health is a statewide program, and Families First has the privilege of providing it to families in Eastern Rockingham County, NH. Services are provided by Jacquelyn Silvani, MEd.
View list of towns served and qualifying medical conditions
Families First’s Partners in Health program serves these towns:
If you live in New Hampshire but not in one of these towns, call 603-422-8208 x146 to get contact information for the Partners in Health program that serves your town.
Qualifying chronic health conditions (partial list):
Other health conditions expected to last six months or longer
The goal of Partners in Health is to build the family’s competence to manage their child’s illness through family-directed education, support and encouragement. Partners in Health offers community and financial resources and advocacy with school, insurance and medical systems. “Family directed” means that you tell us what is most important to your family. Some of the things we can help with include:
- Getting medical insurance for your child or family
- Paying medical bills
- Getting information about your child’s condition or treatment
- Adapting your home for your child
- Getting the appropriate educational plan for your child at school
- Educating school staff about your child’s needs
- Promoting your child’s independence
- Introducing your child to another child or an adult with a similar challenge
- Finding out what services your child is entitled to and how to access them
This provides a more complete idea of how we can help, and is also how you can let our Partners in Health coordinator know what will be most helpful to you.
Families involved with Partners in Health can join the Family Council, which meets monthly to plan appropriate and accessible activities for children with chronic health conditions to enjoy with their peers, parents and siblings. The Family Council also provides a place where families can support each other.
For more information, contact Jacquelyn Silvani at 603-422-8208, ext. 146.