Health & Education

Patient & Family Health Education Sessions
At PADRES, one of our main priorities for our children and families is to be well-versed in all aspects of health education. Our monthly, bilingual (Spanish/English) classes are designed to educate all members of the family on such topics as childhood cancer and other related blood disorders, psychosocial issues, nutrition, physical fitness and general family health.

“Ask the Doctor” Learning Sessions
Communicating with doctors and clinicians in a busy, complex medical setting can be extremely intimidating. This monthly, bilingual workshop offers parents and family members an opportunity to interact with different oncology specialists in an informal setting and discuss general issues about their child’s diagnosis and treatment.

Community “In-Service”  Learning Workshops
Accessing childhood cancer and other important health and well-being, and community-based resources is critical in affording a family an opportunity to manage and cope with the many stressors encountered throughout all stages of treatment. PADRES hosts, at no cost to participants, bilingual monthly learning workshops on a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to, access to healthcare assistance, community-based economic assistance, immigration counsel and emotional support services.

Lives in TransitionSM
A childhood cancer diagnosis has a profound impact on the emotional well-being of patients and family members alike. Initially funded via a multi-year grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, these two weekend workshops are designed to educate families about childhood cancer and the ancillary emotional health concerns that are a natural consequence of the diagnosis. The program curriculum aims to coach families through the childhood cancer treatment process from diagnosis to survivorship.

Feria De ESPERANZASM (Hope Fair)
This annual fair is designed to provide a unique educational forum for the entire family. Workshops include: age and family member-appropriate cancer education, age-appropriate general health & well-being education, stress management techniques, nutritional counseling, higher education counseling, community resource navigation, and health screenings.

Blood & Marrow Donor Drives
To donate blood is to grant a child the gift of life. PADRES works in close cooperation with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Blood Donor Center, and the National Marrow Donor Program to educate the community on the importance of donating blood and registering with the National Marrow Donor Registry. Working in collaboration with prominent celebrities, community leaders, and media supporters, PADRES sponsors and coordinates quarterly blood and marrow donor drives.

This program saves Children’s Hospital Los Angeles approximately $170,000 per year in blood product purchases. PADRES also registers approximately 500 new individuals a year, to the, ‘Be the Match National Bone Marrow Registry’.