Issue 150 | January 2022
IPFCC Events
Creating Authentic Partnerships with Urban, Underserved Communities in Research During COVID-19
January 27, 2022 at 1:30 pm ET
With funding from PCORI, IPFCC partnered with Smart from the Start, a community organization that promotes healthy development of young children and families living in the most underserved communities of Boston, MA and Washington, DC, to identify barriers to engaging communities in research during COVID-19. Join this free webinar to hear about lessons learned and recommendations for creating productive partnerships, as well as two resources providing information and strategies to both researchers and community organizations.

Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies Virtual Summit
Marie Abraham, IPFCC Vice President for Programming and Publications, and LaToshia Rouse, IPFCC consultant, are presenting at the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies Virtual Summit on February 18th. The session is focused on engaging patients and families impacted by disparities in quality improvement. Registration for the two-day Summit is open.
Resources and Opportunities
New PFCC Profile: Westminster Medical Clinic

A profile of Westminster Medical Clinic (WMC) was added to IPFCC’s website. This Colorado-based organization applies a whole-person integrated approach to care and includes loneliness as a social determinant of health. Due to the pandemic, its Patient Advisory Council (PAC) has transitioned to virtual meetings and members remain very engaged and active. To learn more about WMC’s work and recent accomplishments of the PAC, read the WMC profile.
Two New Resources on Building Partnerships Between Researchers and Communities

Excluding underserved communities from research exacerbates inequities. With funding from PCORI, IPFCC partnered with Smart from the Start in the project, Engaging Underserved Urban Communities in Research: Addressing Challenges in the Context of COVID-19, to address these issues. The team developed two new resources with strategies for building respectful partnerships between researchers and urban, underserved communities. Access the resources here.
Educating Together, Improving Together: Harmonizing Interprofessional Approaches to Address the Opioid Epidemic
A Special Publication from the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, identifies five action-oriented priorities that address critical professional practice gaps that exist for clinicians treating patients with pain and opioid use disorder. These key priorities underpin progress needed toward the Quadruple Aim of delivering the right care, at the right time, at the right cost, supportive of the well-being of the health care workforce, to more effectively respond to the U.S. opioid crisis. Read the full publication to learn more:
NPWF Patient Engagement & Health Equity Resources
The National Partnership for Women & Families has released new patient and family engagement resources that detail ways to center patients’ experience to engage them more effectively in managing their health. A new report synthesizes findings from patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and offers real-life lessons on building relationships with patients and families to improve outcomes. The Partnership also created a companion toolkit with resources for advancing these efforts. To access the resources go to Choosing Health Equity.
Pinwheel Sponsors
2022 Pinwheel Sponsorships - Renew or Join Now!
A special thank you to our devoted Pinwheel Sponsors who have already renewed for 2022! With your renewal and support, IPFCC will continue our work in developing and sustaining meaningful partnerships with patients and families within hospitals, ambulatory programs, and other care settings.

With all the challenges of the past two years, becoming a 2022 Pinwheel Sponsor for the first time may bring inspiring new ideas and connections to your organizations.

As a Pinwheel Sponsor your organization will gain national and international visibility of your commitment to patient- and family-centered care. To take advantage of the many benefits available to Pinwheel Sponsors, please renew or become a Pinwheel Sponsor by completing our online application. If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Hajec at

Learn more about IPFCC's Pinwheel Sponsors Program.