Patient and Family Education Committee

Chair Vidya Krishnan, MD, MHS, ATSF Cleveland, OH
Vice Chair Doranne M. Donesky, PhD, ANP-BC, ATSF Napa, CA
Committee Member A. Cole Burks, MD Chapel Hill, NC
Committee Member Carme Hernandez, RN, PhD, MSc Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Committee Member Catherine Chen, MD Dallas, TX
Committee Member - CCR Representative Fady G. Jamous, MD, ATSF Sioux Falls, SD
Committee Member Fahid Alghanim, MD Greensboro, NC
Committee Member - PAR Representative Jennifer Mefford Chicago, IL
Committee Member Manvi Bansal Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member Manvi Bansal, MD Pasadena, CA
Committee Member Maureen George, PhD, RN New York, NY
Committee Member Sairam Parthasarathy, MD Tucson, AZ
Committee Member Timothy Amass, MD, MSci Aurora, CO
Committee Member Tirsa M. Ferrer Marrero, MD Chicago, IL
Observer - Ad-hoc Expert Marianna M. Sockrider, MD, DrPH, ATSF Houston, TX
Staff Judy Corn New York, NY

The Patient and Family Education Committee (PFEC) provides oversight for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Society’s patient, family and lay public‐oriented educational activities and products, including informational brochures and website materials.

The Committee performs ongoing assessments of ATS patient/public educational resources to assure that they are relevant, current, health literate, and cost‐effective. Based on these assessments, the Committee oversees the periodic development and modification of the Society''s educational portfolio for patients and families and conducts periodic strategic planning aimed at continued improvement. It develops educational strategies to accelerate the translation of scientific discovery and knowledge to improve patient and family knowledge and skill about the prevention and treatment of pulmonary disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders. PFEC focuses on areas that improve clinician knowledge and attitudes for enhancing communication with patients and families, including topics such as health literacy, cultural competence, and use of patient and family educational materials in clinical practice. In addition, the Committee also explores ways to ensure that the patient and family perspective is incorporated into educational activities for ATS members and other professionals in the fields of pulmonary, critical care and sleep.

The committee works closely with the Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR) to develop collaborative goals regarding patient and family education. It coordinates its efforts, whenever appropriate, with multiple other committees and staff including the Clinicians’ Advisory Committee (CAC), the Education Committee, Documents Development and Implementation Committee (DDIC), Drug/Device Discovery and Development Committee (DDDD), Health Equity and Diversity Committee, Members in Transition and Training Committee (MITT), the Associate Medical Editor for Patient Education, and the ATS Website team.

The committee provides expert guidance to existing and future public health initiatives to ensure their development, review and output is accurate, consistent with current public health and patient/family education standards, and coordinated with relevant outside organizations or teams.

Benchmarks, 2022-2023:

• Serve as a resource for ATS participation in the CDC/CMSS grant program to “Improve Adult Immunization Rates for High-Risk Adults,” including providing expertise, as requested by the Expert Panel, in the design, review and use of patient-centered educational materials aimed at pulmonary clinicians and their patients.
• Serve as a resource for the 2022 ATS website review process by providing content expertise (accuracy, currency, relevancy, literacy) of medically-oriented pages targeted for patients, families/support, and non-clinically trained audience.
• Update PGATS manual consistent with newer health literacy guidance, such as the statements from the VA and CDC, and include format, use of language, applicability to diverse target audiences (race, culture, religion, gender identity/sexual orientation, physical/mental health challenges etc.)
• Coordinate with various relevant assemblies/committees/PAR/PIO organizations to develop new and update existing patient/family and public health education materials, with emphasis on those related to infectious diseases (safe practices and vaccination) or key societal priorities, such as tobacco control, PFTs.
• Review ICU guide pilot project data to evaluate effectiveness of the ICU guide.
• Nominate a diverse slate of candidates for ATS Respiratory Health Awards.