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As the U.S. Latino population continues to grow so does the need for quality health care services. Yet many Latinos remain uninsured and face barriers to care like poverty, and a lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
Latino children who are chronically ill or who have special needs are especially vulnerable due having the lowest rates of insurance coverage when compared to other minority kids.
Despite these challenges, every child deserves the best quality of healthcare services available. For children who are chronically ill, this may take the form of a child life specialist, who can provide evidence-based therapeutic play and therapy to a child and also help establish trust with families.
Let’s use #SaludTues on March 20, 2018, to chat about ways to celebrate the child life profession and promote access to child life specialists in Latino communities!
- WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Celebrating Child Life Specialists & Kids with Disabilities”
- TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. EST Tuesday, March 20, 2018
- WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
- HOST: @SaludAmerica
- CO-HOSTS: The HSC Health Care System (@HSCHealthCare); Association of Child Life Professionals (@AssocChildLife); Shani Thornton, Certified Child Life Specialist (@Childlifemommy)
- OPTIONAL HASHTAGS: #ChildLifeMonth
We’ll open the floor to research, your experiences, stories, & best practices as we explore:
- The role child life specialists play to support families of children w/ disabilities;
- How communities can support children w/ special needs this #ChildLifeMonth;
- What public health benefit child life specialists can bring to Latino kids & their families
Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter, and share stories and resources to help promote heart health and
Click here to learn about the Salud America! #SaludTues tweetchats, see upcoming and past tweetchats, and see how you can get involved.