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Teen Advisory Board

Graphic of four hands reaching for a heart and the words: PFAC patient family advisory council TEEN ADVISORY BOARD

The Teen Advisory Board is a group of young adults who have experiences with clinical diagnoses and provide education and support to Children's Mercy patients, family, and staff.

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) was started in 1999 with the goal of improving Children's Mercy for all patients - especially teens.

The purpose of TAB


  • To provide Children's Mercy with a patient advisory board representing various ages, backgrounds and communities.

  • To give an opportunity for a representative group of patients to express concerns, ideas and suggestions.

  • To have Children's Mercy staff listen and support the TAB.

  • To give teen ideas to the Children's Mercy Hospital's Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer.



  • Teen Board members have created videos to help patients and families learn about hospital processes and navigate their health care experiences. 

  • Together, the Teen Board provides patient focused activities. 

  • TAB works with staff on the design and flow of spaces throughout Children’s Mercy. 

  • TAB participates in patient and family experience panels, providing education to staff and the community on the patient perspective. 

  • TAB worked with telemedicine to begin empowering patients to attend "outside" hospital events via a robot later named Dubs. 

  • TAB provides the patient perspective with new educational resources for clinics and inpatient units.

Contact Us

Amanda Woelk
Child Life Manager
(816) 234-3702

Melissa Pulis
Child Life Director
(816) 234-3537

Teen Advisory Board Application

Do you think that you are in control of your disease and are compliant with your treatment? Are you available for meetings and other activities to better Children's Mercy? Have you been diagnosed for at least a year and a half with your illness? Are you a good role model with good communication skills? Do you have good attendance and good grades at school? If you can answer yes to all of these questions, you seem like a good candidate to become a member of the Teen Advisory Board at Children's Mercy.

If you are a current or past patient of Children's Mercy and are between the ages of 13-18, TAB might be the perfect place for you! If you are interested in becoming a member of our Teen Advisory Board, you are the legal guardian of someone interested, or want to recommend a patient, we ask you to please read our bylaws. They explain our expectations for members and the board as a whole, what to expect with regular meetings, parents' involvement, and what you need to know if making a recommendation.

If after reading the Bylaws, you feel this is a group you are interested in joining, you may complete our Application and Volunteer Consent forms. Please make sure to fill out both forms. Next, you will want to send them to:

Amanda Woelk, Child Life
Children's Mercy Kansas City
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

Thank you for your interest in the Teen Advisory Board! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact our TAB facilitators at any time:

Melissa Pulis, Child Life Director, (816) 234-3757, or email

Amanda Woelk, Child Life Manager, (816) 234-3702, or email