CHOP Cares Community Grants Awarded Fall 2013

The CHOP Cares Community Fund and Grants Program awards grants to CHOP employees to cover expenses for health-related projects that fulfill specific needs in one of the many communities CHOP serves. Read more about the CHOP Cares Community Grants awarded in the fall of 2013 and how they are impacting children and families in the community.

Books for Babies

Karen Szczepanski, DO
CHOP Care Network Pennsylvania Hospital

The project funded the purchase of developmentally appropriate books for babies born prematurely who spent time in Pennsylvania Hospital’s newborn intensive care unit and are now being seen in the Developmental Follow-up Clinic, staffed by CHOP neonatologists. Children 6 to 24 months, of all ethnicities, are at high risk for developmental delays due to their prematurity and their families’ socioeconomic status. Providers distributing the books were trained by CHOP Reach Out and Read staff.

Living Well with Diabetes: Now and in the Futureliving well with diabetes

Judy Ayala, LCSW, CDE
Diabetes Center for Children

The project supported scholarships for children and families in need to attend the fourth annual Living Well with Diabetes: Now and in the Future conference for children, teens, young adults and caregivers managing type 1 diabetes. The April 2014 conference featured speakers, roundtable discussions and hands-on workshops.

Philadelphia Science FestivalPhiladelphia Science Festival

Jodi Leckrone, MEd, and Wendy Reed Williams, PhD
Office of Responsible Research

The project funded CHOP’s participation in the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival, a 10-day community-wide celebration of science that takes place each spring. CHOP exhibitors included Responsible Research Training (RRT) staff, researchers and clinicians. CHOP research staff partnered with the Healthy Weight Program to focus on building awareness and education around obesity prevention and intervention.

Dining Room Remodeling of Jane Addams Place

Megan Waxler, RN, BSN
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The project funded kitchen remodeling in the Jane Addams Place Family Shelter, a program of Lutheran Settlement House, located in West Philadelphia. The shelter provides emergency housing for up to 95 women and children. The remodeling, a project of CHOP’s Nursing Shared Governance Community Service Committee through the Supporting Practice Management Council, provided needed space for food preparation and a more welcoming place for families to eat.

Weighted Blankets

Natalie Stollon, MSW
Trisomy 21 Program

The project funded the purchase of weighted blankets for individuals with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), who were not financially able to purchase a blanket. These children, many of whom also have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, may have difficulty feeling comfortable in their bodies, and deep, steady pressure is often helpful in calming them if they are upset or overstimulated.

Communicating Effectively with Families with Limited English Proficiency: A Trainingcommunicating effectively with families with limited english

Brooke Rothman, MSSP, Marsha Gerdes, PhD, Arun Gurunathan, MD, and Kate Yun, MD
PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The project funded the training of Philadelphia Infant Toddler Early Intervention (ITEI) intake staff members to help them communicate more effectively with parents who do not speak English, thereby improving this population’s access to early intervention services. ITEI is a federal program that serves children up to 3 years of age who have developmental delays. Non-English speaking families have more trouble than English-speaking families navigating the multistep, month-long referral and intake process. A dozen people attended the training.

Food Insecurity

Saba Khan, MD, and Deepak Palakshappa, MD
Healthy Weight Program

Food insecurity is defined as the lack of consistent access to enough food for a healthy life. It is a growing public health problem, affecting 14.5 percent of U.S. households, and has been linked to parental report of poor health, increased hospitalizations, and psychosocial and behavioral problems among children. This project provides food packages to CHOP patient families identified as food insecure and helps them gain access to healthy food and food sources.

Karabots Pediatric Care Center Community Garden

Kamilah Weems
CHOP Care Network Administration

A community garden at CHOP’s Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center was proposed as a way to positively impact West Philadelphia by providing educational programs around healthy food and nutrition and providing outdoor space for patients and the community. The CHOP Cares grant funded benches and classroom seating for the garden. Intake workers learned how to better assist non-English speaking families apply for early intervention services, removing a barrier to accessing these important services.

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