The NCBDDD Family Liaisons

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) Family Liaisons are an operative example of effective partnerships between families and professionals. The Champions and the Family Liaisons work together across the thematic areas. The NCBDDD Champions and Family Liaisons believe that family-professional partnerships can be effective drivers of public health change that bridge the lifespan through policy work and programs and advocacy.

Effective Partnership with Families

As articulated in the MCHB definition and principles of family centered care effective family professional partnerships mean that families and professionals work together in the best interest of the child and the family. “The intentional practice of working with families for the ultimate goal of positive outcomes in all areas through the life course.” Family engagement reflects a belief in the value of family leadership at the individual, community and policy levels. The Friends of NCBDDD strive for excellence in partnership and for this reason the Friends of NCBDDD partner with Families Liaisons and together work to enhance the mission and activities of the Friends of NCBDDD.

Family Liaisons in the Four Thematic Areas 

The mission of NCBDDD is focused on four critical Center-level thematic areas. Family Voices has been vested to advise the Friends of the NCBDDD on strategies to enhance and extend their reach to families and provide the family prospectiveCurrently a Family member serves on the NCBDDD executive board and five (5) diverse family liaisons are serving in the following 4 thematic areas:

Small version of saving babies thematic area logo. Saving babies through birth defects prevention and research
  Sheri Romblad, Parent to Parent/Family Voices, Connecticut
Kayte Thomas, Parent Advocate, North Carolina
Helping children live to the fullest by understanding developmental disabilities
  Jennifer S. Pineo, Family Voices, New Hampshire
logo of two people at stroll Protecting people and preventing complications of blood disorders
  Courtney Stinnett, Sickle Cell Treatment and Outcomes Research in the Midwest (STORM) consortium
Improving health of people with disabilities
  Jeannette Mejas – Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, New Jersey


Across the Lifespan

In the NCBDDD, the work that the Center, Champions and Family Liaisons do collectively is not momentary, but it spans across the lifespan of the people touched. The Family Liaisons work in their communities, in their organizations and also at the National level in their thematic areas. More than likely, you are familiar with their work!

Get Involved

If you would like to volunteer as a Family Liaison or serve as Family member in another capacity,  please contact Family Voices’ National Program Coordinator and Friends of NCBDDD’s Executive Secretary, Jennifer Bolden Pitre, to become involved in this wonderful opportunity for growth!

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