Family Voices of Tennessee

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Family Voices of Tennessee

This program is a partnership with the TN Department of Health, Vanderbilt University, and other agencies. The program is directed by Belinda Hotchkiss.

Family Voices Funding: 

The Tennessee Affordable Care Act Family-to-Family Health Information Center is funded by a grant from the US Department of Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Project # H84MC00004-09-00). For more information on the Affordable Care Act, please go to Family Voices Links in the upper right-hand side of this page.


Family Voices of Tennessee is operated by and for families in our state:

To assist families as they navigate public and private health systems and insurance plans (including TennCare and commercial plans)

To educate families about how to access services and resources for their children and how to work with health providers

To listen to families as they describe their encounters with health systems and help guide them to possible solutions

To work with families, health care providers, public and private agencies, and advocacy or support groups to promote family-centered care and medical homes for children with special health care needs

To promote discussion and linkages among families, providers, managed care programs, and government to better serve the health care and related needs of children and families in Tennessee


About Family Voices:

Family Voices, Inc., was founded in 1992 by family leaders concerned about the changing health care environment and the implications for our children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or other special health care needs.

Based in New Mexico, Family Voices, is a network of leaders working with families and professionals at the local, state, and national level to improve health care and related services for children.

Family Voices of Tennessee started in 1993 as a program of the Tennessee Disability Coalition and became the first state chapter formally sanctioned by the national organization in the last quarter of 2000. Family-Voices of Tennessee was one of six Family-Voices state programs during 1999-2001 to participate in a pilot program to develop Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2FHICs).

These F2FHICs are designed to be family-friendly places to learn about health care service systems and programs for children with special needs. Their purpose is to provide training or assistance to families in navigating various service systems, including Medicaid and TennCare, SSI for Children, Title V (Children’s Special Services), Early Intervention (TEIS), and other programs. Family Voices of Tennessee continues to operate a F2FHIC.


Did you know that ONE in FIVE families has at least one child with special health care needs? Join the Family Voices One-in-Five Awareness Campaign.


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Tennessee Disability Coalition

The Coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. We work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment, and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas such as accessibility, education, healthcare, housing, and voting rights.

Contact us

Office Address
Tennessee Disability Coalition
955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

Nashville: (615) 383-9442Toll-free: (888) 643-7811Email: