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Haitian Earthquake Long-term Pediatric Support (Anmwe/HELPS)

In light of the devastating earthquake in Haiti we have formed this support team to provide a systematic response to meet the long-term needs of our Haitian community.

Our goals are to provide:

(1) education and training opportunities for providers and educators around identifying and responding to traumatic stress and supporting grieving families;

(2) a shared system of resources, coordinated referral process, and expand support services to connect families with community-based resources.

Expansion of Existing Resources

The Family Support Assessment Clinic (FSAC) at Boston Medical Center is expanding its services and partnering with HELPS (Haitian Earthquake Long-term Pediatric Support)– the Haitian Health Institute, the Child Witness to Violence Project, the Good Grief Program, and the Medical-Legal Partnership Boston– to support families coping with the devastating consequences of the earthquake in Haiti.

What is the Family Support Assessment Clinic/HELPS?

The clinic provides psycho-educational support by meeting with parents/ guardians to assess, provide developmentally appropriate guidance, and strategize with them about coping with the acute and chronic stress facing their children and family in the aftermath of the earthquake.

REFERRALS or CONSULTS

  1. Make a referral to FSAC/HELPS in Logician under referrals or by calling Maggie Fitzgerald, FSAC coordinator, 617.414.3668.
  2. Page the HELPS Team at #6369 to receive direct consultation over the phone or in-person and assistance with coordinating care.

Responding to Families

Important Resources for Providers and Families:

Important Web-based Resources

Other resources to explore to help you clinically working with families include:

AAP:  http://www.aap.org/disasters/index.cfm

Center for Disaster Event and Extreme Preparedness: http://www.umdeepcenter.org/x416.xml 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

General website:
http://www.nctsnet.org/nccts/nav.do?pid=typ_nd

Haiti related materials: http://www.nctsn.org/nccts/nav.do?pid=typ_nd_earth_recovery&disasterType=earth&navPid=typ_nd_earth_desc

Existing Boston Medical Center Resources

The Haitian Health Institute

Family Support Assessment Clinic
http://www.bmc.org/pediatricsfamilysupportassessment.htm

Child Witness to Violence Project
http://www.childwitnesstoviolence.org/

Good Grief Program
http://www.bmc.org/pediatrics-goodgrief.htm

 

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