Current Projects and Initiatives

  • Participate as the experts in patient– and family-centered care by:
    • Leading lectures, presentations and discussions with medical students training at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    • Developing and recommending patient- and family-centered tips for University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital faculty and staff
  • Participating in hospital "HUSH" campaign (creating a culture of quiet) by creating sleep kits for use by hospitalized pediatric patients and families
  • Offer feedback to the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital whiteboard campaign to improve communication with kids and families
  • Advise UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital leaders on technology, hospital environment, facility, and library issues
  • Serve as UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital ambassadors at various community and university events
  • Conducted "Thank you" campaign to recognize excellent caregivers and departments caring for kids at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

Past Accomplishments

Since 1998, YAC members have contributed to establishing a culture of patient– and family-centered heath care at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital in the following ways:

  • Selected comfy and fun hospital pajamas that fit kids!
  • Helped Inspire the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital a la carte menu and room service program that now benefits all patients—adults and children alike
  • Developed UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital mascot – Perky, cousin of UI mascot Herky
  • Successfully advocated for an improved toilet tissue product that benefits all UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and UI Hospitals & Clinics patients.
  • Established suggestion box program