PADRES offers an array of educational opportunities for families to learn how to manage their child’s treatment. Our programs include:
ONE-ON-ONE EDUCATION SESSIONS FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED FAMILIES:
Receiving a new cancer diagnosis is can be overwhelming and confusing for a family. PADRES Case Managers have an initial educational meeting discussing the patient’s diagnosis, an overview of “cancer basics.”
HOPE HEALTH EDUCATION KIT:
For many families, access to culturally relevant health education resources are, at best, extremely limited. In an effort to alleviate this concern, PADRES provides bilingual resource kits tailored to meet the needs of families whose children are newly diagnosed cancer patients. Kit includes:
Patient Navigation Binder to assist a family in tracking the patient’s disease and treatment course
Bilingual educational literature regarding childhood cancer and other blood disorders
General information on PADRES programs, activities, and services
Information on national cancer centers
Information on local and national community resources
Toiletries for use during extended hospital stays
General family health education books
Other items - General reading and activity books; art projects; and other patient care necessities
HEALTH EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY RESOURCE SESSIONS:
Accessing childhood cancer, health and well-being, and community-based resources is critical in affording a family an opportunity to manage with the many stressors encountered throughout all stages of treatment. PADRES hosts or refers families to bilingual 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. Workshops are at no cost to participants.
FERIA DE ESPERANZA (HOPE FAIR):
This biennial event 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 & BONE MARROW DRIVE:
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.