Issue 165 | June 2023


Welcome to our June issue of Pinwheel Pages!

This month's issue is filled with a number of learning resources and opportunities that we hope you find useful.

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IPFCC Events

Upcoming PFCC.Connect Informal Conversation

June 27, 2023 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Join IPFCC for our next Informal Conversation: PFAC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Part 2. If you missed Part 1, you can view the recording hereIf you are not a PFCC.Connect member, join here.


During the February informal conversation, the discussion focused on the importance of engaging with advisors from diverse backgrounds and how hospitals define diversity. This informal conversation will focus on brainstorming specific strategies to identify and recruit diverse patient and family advisors, as well as the challenges and possible solutions.

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Thank You to Our PFCC.Connect Pinwheel Sponsors

IPFCC at Work

Julie Ginn Moretz Receives Honorary Doctorate from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Congratulations to Julie Ginn Moretz, IPFCC faculty and former staff, who received an honorary doctorate from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), in recognition of her long-standing commitment to patient- and family-centered care.

Julie delivered the keynote address to PCOM graduates and inspired them with lessons from her own personal and professional experience in the health care field:

“It’s about keeping patients and families together and including them in the care plan and decision-making process…you can’t save everyone but you can always share your passion and compassion.”

Julie currently serves as the Chief Experience Officer and Vice President of PFCC at Augusta University Health, Inc.

Read more here (Julie’s address begins at video footage 52:45). 

Resources and Opportunities

Zero Separation Between Mothers and Newborns Significantly Improves Outcomes

Kangaroo care, skin-to-skin contact, significantly improves the odds of survival for premature or low-birth-weight babies based on researchers’ analysis of multiple studies that included 15,559 infants worldwide. Zero separation between mothers and newborns implemented within 24 hours of birth for at least 8 hours a day for 28 days, reduced mortality by one-third and decreased the risk of severe infection and re-hospitalizations.

Access BMJ Global Health’s recently published report here.

MHA Re-energizes PFCC/PFE Efforts

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), an IPFCC Pinwheel Sponsor, hosted a May webinar to discuss their newly released Roadmap to Person and Family Engagement.

This resource provides standardized definitions, policies, and practices designed to serve as a resource for healthcare staff and leaders looking to develop or improve PFCC across their organization.

Find more information about the webinar and Roadmap here.

Inclusive Cancer Screening Video Series Developed with PFA Partnership

When cancer screenings dropped during the pandemic, Health Sciences North and the Northeast Cancer Program in Canada created a video series promoting inclusive cancer screening. The video series was developed with contributions from a transgender member of the Health Sciences North Patient and Family Advisory Council to ensure relevance to transgender and non-binary patients, who are often under-screened for cancer. View the videos here.

PFACs Enhance Diversity of their Voice

A recent Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety article, PFACs Emerge from the Pandemic Ready to Enhance the Patient Voice at Hospitals and ACOs, reflects how PFACs are transitioning from COVID-related conditions to addressing ongoing concerns, such as diversity and inclusion.

Mass General Brigham’s Cooley Dickinson Hospital has been working to expand the diversity of its PFAC membership to better reflect the community it serves by increasing engagement, attendance, and outreach to social service agencies and local colleges. A PFA has also joined the hospital’s Board of Trustees.  

Access the article here.  

Support IPFCC as a Pinwheel Sponsor!

Renew or become a 2023 Pinwheel Sponsor and support our efforts to transform the practice of patient- and family-centered care and ensure that patients and families are essential partners in all settings across the continuum of care. Access the online application here.


If you have questions or thoughts regarding IPFCC’s program areas, please reach out to Bev Johnson at For more information visit our Pinwheel Sponsor Program or contact Sherry Hajec at

Special Thanks to Our New and Renewed 2023 Pinwheel Sponsors!

Akron Children's Hospital

Alliant Health Solutions

American College of Radiology

Augusta University Health

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

Children's Mercy Kansas City

Children's Minnesota

Children’s Specialized Hospital

Emory Healthcare Inc

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute 

Hasbro Children's Hospital

IWK Health Centre

Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center

MHA Keystone Center

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center 

Providence Health Care

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Stanford Health Care

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

University Health

University of Miami Health System

University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital

Vanderbilt University Medical Center