Family Faculty

The Family Faculty is comprised of adult family members related to a child who is being care for, or has been cared for, at Children's Hospital. Family Faculty share stories about their lives both inside and outside the Hospital with medical students, physicians, nurses, support staff, administrators, non-clinical staff and new employees at CHOP. They also suggest strategies for collaboration and teach about the principles of patient- and family-centered care from a family and patient perspective.

Members are diverse in ethnicity, culture and background, as well as in their child's diagnosis and the types of services they received or are receiving. Over the years, Family Faculty members have included mothers, fathers, grandparents, adult siblings and adult patients who received care at CHOP.

Membership information

We are always interested in recruiting new members of the Family Faculty. Any parent, adult patient or adult family member of a child who received care at any CHOP location is eligible to apply.

Recent presentation topics

Family Faculty members present to staff in all areas of the Hospital. Some of their recent presentation topics have included:

  • How to improve communication with families in healthcare settings
  • Delivering difficult news
  • Family-centered care in action
  • What parents want staff to know
  • Healing partnerships: learning from family narratives