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Carolyn AllshouseCarolyn Allshouse Selected as the 2016 MNAAP Child Advocacy Award Recipient

Carolyn Allshouse is a mom, an agitator, a tough minded negotiator, an advocate, a collaborator, and a parent partner.  You want Carolyn on your side….that is the type of advocate she is.

She is the Executive Director of Family Voices of Minnesota. Carolyn has been a leader of the family-centered care movement in Minnesota since the late 1980’s, she has written several publications for families and professionals about family-centered care and parent/professional collaboration including: “Working with Doctors” and “Speaking Up For Your Child”, and has spoken on these topics across the country.  She was a contributor to a recent report from the Lucile Packard Foundation on  “Achieving a Shared Plan of Care with Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.  Carolyn and her husband are the parents of four children; her youngest son was born with complex health care needs. She would say “you learn a lot of things from your children…and from other parents”.

Prior to accepting the position of Family Voices Executive Director Carolyn coordinated the Minnesota Pediatric Medical Home and the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention quality improvement learning collaboratives at the Minnesota Department of Health.  She worked on the implementation of Minnesota’s Health Care Home Legislation which occurred as a result of the Medical Home Learning Collaborative

In the 1990s Carolyn coordinated a health advocacy program at PACER Center and coordinated a program focused on health reform for families of children with special health care needs and disabilities at Pathfinders Resources.

For two decades, Carolyn has advocated for the voice of parents and families in all planning for health care services, and especially for services to children and teens with special health care needs.  Hers was the persistent voice that now is joined with a chorus of voices that asks for family-centered pediatric health care.

We honor Carolyn for her decades of advocacy for Minnesota children with special health care needs and their families.

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