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 2014 and how they are impacting children and families in the community.
CHOP Science Garden at E.M. Stanton School
Jill Scott, MSW, LCSW
Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit
E.M. Stanton Elementary School is a public school located in South Philadelphia where 95 percent of students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch, 13 percent have special needs and about 15 percent are diagnosed with asthma. This grant funds a science garden for the school featuring a shed with a green roof, rain barrels, a composter and organically grown produce. It will allow the school to participate in the Food Trust farmers’ market and teachers to integrate the garden into both the science and health and nutrition curriculums.
Healthy Lives, Healthy Hearts Screening Study
Victoria L. Vetter, MD, MPH
Division of Cardiology
Premature cardiac-related death, especially a sudden cardiac death, often can be prevented by avoiding risky health behaviors and by early evaluation and treatment — particularly in youth. Screening for obesity and hypertension and providing education can lead to “Healthy Lives, Healthy Hearts.” The CHOP Cares grant provides to Healthy Lives, Healthy Hearts Screening Study participants health promotion information on healthy weight, nutrition, exercise, and the role risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and unhealthy weight have on the development of heart disease.
CHOPed: The Art of Mastering the Renal Diet
Nina Foster and Sandra Amaral, MD
Division of Nephrology
In the United States, more than 26 million people have chronic kidney disease (CKD), which can progress to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. Patients with CKD and on dialysis usually need to be on restrictive diets to stay healthy, often needing to limit their salt, potassium and phosphorus intake. The renal diet, which limits the buildup of waste products in the body, offers healthy food options to slow disease progression. The grant will fund a summer 2015 renal cooking course at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College for Philadelphia-area youth and their families. The program will help parents and caregivers provide more healthy and appealing foods to their children with CKD.
Reach Out and Read Literacy Bookmarks
Danielle Walters, DO, and Sarah King-Glotfelty, MD
CHOP’s Reach Out and Read program, established in 1996, takes place at nine CHOP Care Network primary care practices and is part of a national nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness, with an emphasis on children in low income communities. All children ages 6 months to 5 years seen at participating CHOP Care Network practices receive a free, new book at their well visits from their medical provider, who talks to the caregiver about the value of reading to children. This grant funds literacy development bookmarks to give the family, along with the free book. The bookmarks include tips about appropriate reading levels for certain ages and gives the address and contact information of the nearest Free Library of Philadelphia branch.
Karen King, MSN, RNC
Each year, more than 5,900 children under 18 experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest related to trauma, cardiovascular causes or sudden infant death syndrome, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Currently, the AHA is trying to raise public awareness about heart conditions and teach laypeople in the community hands-only CPR. This grant funds 12 CPR Packs and 12 AED trainers, each of which includes an infant, child and adult mannequin, to be used for CPR education. The mannequins allow CHOP CPR instructors to go out in the community and teach the life-saving skill on a more regular basis.
SHINE Program: Supporting Healthy Identities for Gender-Variant Youth
Nadia Dowshen, MD, Maureen Connolly, MD, and Linda Hawkins, PhD, LPC
Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth are at increased risk for poor mental and physical health outcomes due to the stress and isolation they often face because of their sexual or gender identity. The grant funds the SHINE program, which compliments the medical services provided by the new CHOP Sexuality & Gender Development Clinic with increased community-based psychosocial support. The program includes: an interdisciplinary, monthly psychosocial support group for gender-variant youth and their families; and a co-sponsored social support event with Mazzoni Center, a community-based organization that serves gender variant youth in the Philadelphia area.
Safe Place Educational Materials
Laura Coll, MSW, Nancy Braveman, PsyD, and Teresa Brieck, MSW
Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health
Safe Place is dedicated to addressing the needs of children who have experienced child abuse or neglect. This project funds the dissemination of educational materials about child abuse and services provided by Safe Place to families and other professionals. Program brochures as well as general educational materials can help guide parents and families though a sensitive, complex and stressful process that may include medical examinations, interviews, government involvement, and family disruption. This project aims to provide parents and caregivers advance guidance to better prepare them for the phases of a child abuse investigation. Referring to written material is essential, as caregivers may not remember oral explanations in a time of heightened stress.
Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Adolescent Bhutanese Refugees
Cherie Priya Dhar, MD
Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine
This project allows CHOP to work with the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese community in Northeast and South Philadelphia to develop an intervention that addresses the unmet sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and young adults in the Bhutanese refugee community. Many young people in this community are engaged in this project, and from them, the most important aspects of reproductive health will be identified. An implementation team of community leaders, young people and healthcare workers will work together to develop a program to address the needs in a culturally appropriate manner.