Hatfield & Hynan Family Advocacy Scholarship
CLOSED: We have awarded all of NPA's 2019 Family Advocacy Scholarships for NPA's 2019 conference.


The National Perinatal Association's Family Advocacy Network (FAN) champions collaborative relationships between families and the medical professions who care for them. We believe that family-centered care begins with including families in the creation of policies, procedures, and best practices.

NPA's Family Advocacy Network (FAN) brings together family advocates from every arena of maternal-infant care to share their ideas and cultivate their talents as we address the medical, educational, and psychosocial needs of families.

NPA is uniquely committed to developing, promoting, and elevating parent voices - and leadership. This is done by including parent leaders at our annual conferences, in our interdisciplinary workgroups, and through parent participation on NPA's Board of Directors.

However, we recognize that most parents, families, and family advocates do not have the same institutional or organizational funding and support to facilitate their participation in NPA activities that many of our other colleagues do.

So in 2018 the NPA established this scholarship program in order to support and facilitate parent participation.

It is named in honor of the founding parent members of the Family Advocacy Network, Becky Hatfield and Mike Hynan. These two parent leaders and advocates exemplify what parent participation can do to revolutionize care.

Please join us as we work together to bring real, measurable, and substantive progress in the implementation of family-centered care.

Please apply for this scholarship.

Cheryl Milford, MEd. and Erika Goyer, FAN Co-Chairs


The Mission of NPA:

The National Perinatal Association (NPA) is an interdisciplinary organization of professionals, parents and advocates that is the leading voice in perinatal care in the United States. We educate, advocate and integrate all voices with equality and respect to support pregnant women, infants and their families and the professionals who care for them. NPA works to create positive change in perinatal care with healthcare, parent, government and nonprofit organizations.


We are currently providing funding to support parent participation in this year's conference is:

Improving Access to Perinatal Care: Confronting Disparities and Inequities in Maternal-Infant Health

Wednesday, April 3 - Friday, April 5, 2019 in Providence, Rhode Island

But there are more opportunities to be involved. NPA is actively recruiting new parent members. For more information, email Erika Goyer egoyer@nationalperinatal.org

Email address *
Name *
Tell us a little bit about why you're interested in improving perinatal care. (Just a sentence or two is fine.) *
What are the topics in parent and family advocacy that you're most passionate about? *
How did you hear about the National Perinatal Association? *
What do you hope to gain by attending the NPA conference? *
NPA has limited funds to support this scholarship. So we want to use them wisely. How will you best use the money provided by this scholarship? (Typical awards range from $100 - $500. If you are attending an NPA conference, we ask that part of your award be used to cover your parent registration fee of $150.) *
How could you use what you learn at NPA to directly support other families? *
If you had the resources to do so in the future, would you consider donating to this scholarship so that other parents could have this same opportunity? *
Are you interested in getting more involved with NPA's Family Advocacy Network? *
Phone Number (In case we have more questions for you. Please tell us if you prefer calls or texts.) *
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