Virtual Health Services Advisory Committee Meetings
Steve Shuman: Do you think you're getting the most out of your Health Services Advisory Committee, or HSAC? Have you ever wondered about innovative ways to engage your members? This health chat offers strategies to help you maximize the effectiveness of your HSAC. You can use the information in this health chat in one of two ways. Individuals who are new to Head Start or your role in running an HSAC will find information on slides 5 to 15 to help you learn more about HSACs and how your HSAC can support the health services your program provides.
All Head Start and Early Head Start programs are required to establish and maintain a Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC). The HSAC is an advisory group usually composed of local health providers who represent a wide variety of local social services agencies. They may include pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, nutritionists, and mental health providers. Head Start staff and parents also serve on the HSAC. Many HSACs struggle with recruitment and attendance. This Health Chat suggests ways to overcome barriers of time, distance, and cost using virtual meeting technology.