Clarissa Hoover

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Project Director

Clarissa Hoover started advocating for patients, families, and quality healthcare shortly after her daughter Elanor’s diagnosis with cystic fibrosis in 2005. She served first as family faculty for residents and nursing students, and later joined or co-founded three Advisory Councils supporting family-centered care at the University of New Mexico Hospital and Health Sciences Center. Clarissa came to work for Family Voices part-time in 2011, and completed her Master’s in Public Health at the University of New Mexico in 2013. Clarissa was a Pediatric Pulmonary Center Family Leadership Fellow in 2011-2012, received the Young Maternal-Child Health Professional Award from the Association of Maternal-Child Health Programs in 2015, and completed the Georgetown University Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Linguistic Competence in 2015. She is currently a project director for Family Voices, leading the Family Wisdom project. Clarissa’s professional interests center on youth and family partnerships in family-centered care and community-based research, and on capacity-building for youth and family leaders.

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Our Vision

With families at the center of health care, all children and youth reach their full potential and health disparities are eliminated.

Our Mission

Family Voices is a national organization and grassroots network of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities that promotes partnership with families—including those of cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity—in order to improve health care services and policies for children.

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