Last week, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) became the first pediatric hospital to offer an expanded range of hair care products – including shampoo, conditioner, hair moisturizing lotion, brushes and caps – for inpatients who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color). The products are supplied by a Black-owned distributor, TWT Distributing Inc.
Thirty percent of CHOP inpatients identify as BIPOC, and CHOP launched this initiative to better meet our patients’ needs and ensure they have the best experience possible at CHOP. Staff from the Department of Nursing and Clinical Care Services; Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy; Finance; Supply Chain and many other departments collaborated on the project, which received support from staff and leaders across the hospital.
“I love the products because they are high-quality products and they work for a diverse group of patients. The products also look and feel (or smell!) great,” says Janae Ware, a senior nursing aide in CHOP’s Progressive Care Unit. “I am glad CHOP is open to trying products that can help patients with varying hair texture types. I feel great about using these products for my patients and knowing that I have more options to meet their care needs.”