The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is offering a new series of virtual support groups this summer for patients who have chronic gastrointestinal (GI) conditions and identify as black, indigenous or persons of color.
Each group session will be hosted by Caroline Wilkes, PsyD, MA, a pediatric psychologist with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Muzna Gulamali, MSW, a social worker with the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), both at CHOP.
Wilkes and Gulamali will lead discussions with patients, parents and guardians about the unique challenges facing children of color who have severe or chronic GI conditions including IBD, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagus (EoE) or liver disorders. Each event will cater to different age groups of patients yet serve all GI- and hepatology-related programs at CHOP.
Please review the sessions below and RSVP to any session you feel is appropriate for your family. All sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings between 5 and 6 p.m.
Upcoming support groups include
- June 9, 2021, from 5-6 p.m. (ET): For school-aged youth aged 7 to 12, and their parents
- July 7, 2021, from 5-6 p.m. (ET): For adolescents age 13 and older (parents discouraged from attending to allow teens to talk more freely)
- August 4, 2021, from 5-6 p.m. (ET): For parents of children age 6 and younger
RSVP by emailing email@example.com and indicate each session you and/or your child plan to attend. We’ll send you instructions to join the online group.
*Additional reference material or resources may be sent to participants after these events.