CHOP Cares Community Grants Awarded Fall 2015

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 2015 and how they are impacting children and families in the community.

Girls on the Run: Program Expansion to High-risk Sites

Regina Halbiger, MT (ASCP)
CORE Lab

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a transformational physical activity-based youth development program for girls in third through fifth grade. GOTR employs a unique model, which uses running as a platform to encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Throughout the 12-week, 24-lesson season, the girls participate in discussions, activities, running games and running workouts that creatively engage them in lessons about topics such as bullying, gossip, positive self-talk, healthy habits and teamwork. The season culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to compete in a celebratory 5K run. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Funds from this grant were used to expand the program to three new sites, providing scholarships for girls to participate.

CHOP Gardens Books and Cooks seriesCHOP Gardens Books and Cooks Series

Alison Marx
Department of Pediatrics

The CHOP Gardens Books and Cooks Series encourages an appreciation of nature, a love of reading, and healthy cooking and eating through six pilot activities during the spring and summer of 2016. The Sea Garden, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and City Harvest program, and the Karabots Garden, a collaboration with the Enterprise Center, partnered with CHOP's Reach Out and Read program to sponsor three special story hours in each garden. The funds for this grant were used to purchase books, recipe bookmarks and food for cooking demonstrations.  

Adaptive Swim Group for Adolescents with Neuromuscular Conditions

Kathy Tate, MS, OTR/L
Center for Rehabilitation

People affected by neuromuscular conditions often have a sense of isolation, decreased socialization, and an overall lower sense of self-worth. Group aquatics is one of the few recreational activities people with physical disabilities can participate in without the barriers they typically face on land. The pool is a unique environment because buoyancy allows ease of movement that activity on land cannot. This grant helped fund two 10-week aquatics swim groups for adolescents who suffer from a severe neuromuscular disorder.

Karabots Spring Wellness Fair

Amy Cressman, LSW, and Erin Connolly, LSW
Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center

In spring 2016, Karabots hosted a wellness fair open to families who live in West Philadelphia. Attendees were able to participate in yoga and an open food market, and receive information and resources from local organizations. This grant funded the materials for CHOP’s participation in the wellness fair, including healthy snacks, yoga mats and giveaways for attendees.

Helmet Safety Initiative

Hillary W. Vaswani, MSN, PNP-BC
Emergency Department

Since 2004, more than1 million pediatric patients have been injured when operating a bike or other wheeled device. Despite legislation requiring users under age 17 to wear a helmet, compliance and enforcement continue to be a problem. This grant helps fund a helmet safety program in collaboration with local schools and the police department in Lumberton. The program provides access to helmets and fittings at multiple community events, school meetings and police stations.


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