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
Responding to Families
Other resources to explore to help you clinically working with families include:
Center for Disaster Event and Extreme Preparedness: http://www.umdeepcenter.org/x416.xml
National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
Existing Boston Medical Center Resources
The Haitian Health Institute
Family Support Assessment Clinic
Child Witness to Violence Project
Good Grief Program