For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs: Community & Advocacy

For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs: Community & Advocacy


>>I grew up in CHOP. It’s been a big part of my life
and my children’s life; I have four. I live in transitional housing now, and they
come and do programs with us; talk about nutrition, we talk about fitness, we talk about a lot
of things that have to do with women. We’d be lost without CHOP.>>What a lot of people don’t know is about
the really important work that CHOP does in our community that supports literacy, violence
prevention, food scarcity, that looks at materials used in housing; CHOP is involved in tackling
many of those really tough issues.>>Most people think of our office as sore
throat, well visits, but we have so many more things to offer here for our communities,
free of charge and on our site. It’s just everything that goes into a child’s
health, a person’s health; nutrition, fresh air, reading, education. We do wonderful programs out in our garden,
taking care of your body, taking care of your soul, your spirit; it’s all here. What I want people to know about Karabots
is this becomes an extension of their home for many children, for many families. This becomes an extension of
their safe neighborhood. When they walk in our doors, they know that
we know them; we see them; we care. Wow, wasn’t expecting that.>>We try to assess the vulnerabilities of
the children who live in our surrounding community and that’s when our physicians, scientists and
others step back to say, what are the things that the children in his community most
need and how can we deliver that to hem. And then taking that a step farther, helping
the community at large understand how to partner with us to, you know, improve the care and
improve the lives of the children here in Philadelphia.>>As an organization, this is our number
one place where we want to put resources dollars in order to support the local community here
in Philadelphia because of the great place that it is. Our associates love it. There’s a long list of people
that are volunteers to come here. It’s really helping to improve the health
in a broad way of the local community. The corporate partners are coming together
in a really big way to help understand and engage and make a difference there.>>Because we are caring for children all
around the world, and the work that we do here and our discoveries impact children worldwide,
we also feel that it’s part of our mission to treat underserved children; not just in
our backyard but globally. And we’re one of the first to really have
a structured outreach programs, a global fellowship in pediatrics that encourages our trainees,
other physicians, nurses, other professionals to go to very underserved areas in the world
to assess what they need and to provide them treatment and most importantly education so
that the care providers in those countries can continue to do the work that we started.>>It is up to us to look at our patients,
not as a specific diagnosis, but to really think about them in a
comprehensive overall way. And I think that’s … that’s what we can
do with the support that allows community programs to be in existence and to be out
there helping to connect the dots back to the hospital. It is not about us; it’s about others.

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