The Issue: Children Lacking Access to Health Information
Located inside the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Emily Center provides families with information about pediatric health. However, the library lacks adequate materials written for children or by children at a comprehensible reading level so that youth can understand their own health issues or those of a sibling, friend, or parent.
The Campaign: Providing Accessible Health Information
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then the Phoenix Children’s Hospital can purchase 60 children’s books to stock The Emily Center’s pediatric-family-health library. Each additional $10 raised will fund the purchase of an additional children’s book. Inside The Emily Center, onsite nurses assist patients and the public in searching for information on any children’s-health topic, offering information in several languages and pointing out selections in the largest pediatric-family-health library in the southwest. The books, videotapes, DVDs, pamphlets, and articles offer tips, advice, and suggestions for parents on such topics as how to explain death, loss, and dealing with health issues, and for children on such topics as understanding surgery and dealing with disease-related symptoms. Computers are available for families to conduct online medical research and connect with local and national support groups.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital has provided health-care and wellness services for children and their families for nearly three decades. For its efforts, U.S. News and World Report ranked it as 1 of the 50 best hospitals in the nation for four pediatric specialties in 2012. Apart from the emergency services, surgeries, and general checkups, the hospital strives to educate individuals and families in Phoenix and throughout the entire state of Arizona through The Emily Center’s family-health library.
Built inside the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Emily Center was established in 1990 by Emily Anderson’s parents. Emily battled a rare form of leukemia for four years and passed away shortly before her seventh birthday. Frustrated by a lack of easy-to-understand information on pediatric-health issues for both children and adults, the Anderson’s founded the center to provide accurate health information free of charge to both hospital patients and the public.
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