Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Association for the Care of Children's Health: Humanizing Healthcare for Children & Families

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Association for the Care of Children's Health: Humanizing Healthcare for Children & Families

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Humanizing Healthcare for Children & Families

The Association for the Care of Children's Health (ACCH) is an international, multidisciplinary membership organization of healthcare providers, parents, educators, researchers, chaplains, facility designers, social service professionals, corporations, institutions, and policy makers. With a network of approximately 3,000 members, ACCH strives to include parents and professionals in a united effort to affect positive outcomes for children. The organization has taken a leading role in defining, promoting, implementing, and supporting standards and policy in family-centered healthcare for children and youth. For over 33 years, ACCH has fulfilled its mission through education, research, advocacy, and the development and dissemination of resource materials. The following are some of the services ACCH provides:

* ACCH focuses on family-centered care through the publications Family-Centered Care for Children Needing Specialized Health and Developmental Services in 1987 and Caring for Children and Families: Guidelines for Hospitals in 1992.

* Each year the Association holds a conference which invites health professionals, educators, parents, and organizations to share their knowledge, skills, and experiences. The 34th Annual Conference, "Kids Need More Than Medicine To Get Well," will be held in Long Beach, California, May 30-June 2, 1999.

* Children and Healthcare Week[TM] (CHW) is an international public awareness campaign designed to help children, families, healthcare professionals, and the community-at-large learn more about the healthcare needs of children and families. During the week, ACCH encourages member hospitals to participate in community outreach activities, enabling them to serve and educate more children and families. The next Children & Healthcare Week will be held March 14-20, 1999.

* "Hurt Alert" serves to heighten awareness of pediatric pain issues. The Hurt Alert initiative has led to the development of the Pediatric Pain Awareness Initiative (PPAI), a campaign launched to encourage communication between a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals, parents, and children in managing pediatric pain through the use of existing tools and techniques. PPAI members also participate as national spokespersons, spotlighting the need for advances in this field, and collaborating on pain management program development, research, and information dissemination. …

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