Programs

This year CHA pledged $616,250 to programs at Children's Minnesota.  Many of the programs and research projects we sponsor are ongoing, and without our funding they could not continue.

In addition to the program pledges, this year CHA will contribute the final installment of $100,000 of a $500,000 multi-year pledge to the CHA Storyland Garden as well as a $25,000 of a $150,000 pledge to the NICU Multiples Neighborhood at the St. Paul Campus bringing the total amount pledged for 2017 to $741,250

Stories of Hope

Autism and Special Needs

The unique developmental and behavioral concerns of children on the autism spectrum and those with similar special needs present a variety of challenges for medical providers and teams at Children’s Minnesota.

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Baby Calm Bundles

The St. Paul NICU team will create a bundle of tools and therapies that will help newborn babies manage the stress associated with conditions such as prematurity, birth trauma and complex illnesses. This will enhance their neurological and physical development and decrease the incidence of developmental delays, behavioral issues, cerebral palsy and impairments of vision and hearing.

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Child Life in the Emergency Department

Child life specialists are an integral part of the multidisciplinary emergency care team at Children’s Minnesota.

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Children's Audiology Program

This grant will allow the purchase of three key pieces of equipment that will enable the Children’s – St. Paul Audiology team to expand the scope of services provided, improve the care of children with hearing loss and make these services available to more children who need them.

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Children's Hospital Clinic of St. Paul

The St. Paul General Pediatrics Clinic is one of the flagship programs of Children’s and exemplifies the mission of community outreach and open access to health care services for all children, regardless of their economic circumstances. The high incidence of unreimbursed care, unreimbursed provision of medications and under reimbursed care puts the clinic in critical need of philanthropic support.

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Children's Minnesota Community Connect

This pilot program, originally known as Children's Resource Hub, will partner with trusted community organizations to address the broader social conditions that negatively affect health and lead to disease in patients seen in the St. Paul Children’s clinic. It will concentrate on identifying issues such as food insecurity, inadequate housing and unsafe conditions and connecting patients and families to the resources necessary to mitigate these concerns.

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Electronic Lift Kangaroo Chairs

These two chairs will allow post C‑section mothers to transition to a seated or standing position while holding her babies without having to use their abdominal muscles. This will help promote mother baby attachment, resulting in improved breast‑feeding and better weight gain for the infant.

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First Steps

The First Steps program is a parenting support and resource program for younger families that deliver at United Hospital. This program began as a community partnership between the hospital and Children’s Hospital Association. They serve between 200 and 230 teen-parenting families each year. The First Steps program is almost entirely grant funded by Children’s Hospital Association.

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Implementation of Subcutaneous Insulin Use in the Emergency Department

This program will study the treatment guidelines regarding use of subcutaneous insulin administration for children with type 1 diabetes who present to the emergency department (ED) with mild diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperglycemia without acidosis. Currently, some children may be admitted to the hospital when they could potentially be managed at home. The development of a Children’s Emergency Department quality improvement guideline is expected to lead to the standardization of care and may result in decreased resource utilization, improved health care outcomes and reduced economic burden on families.

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Mental Health Special Needs Fund

Children’s Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services departments continue to provide a wide range of services to the community including evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, consultation and medication management to children and adolescents. Approximately 6,500 patients are seen each year and range in age from toddlers to young adults and come, not only from the Twin Cities, but also greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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Midwest Children's Resource Center (MCRC)

MCRC, as a child advocacy center (CAC) and hospital-based clinic, proves specialized medical evaluations and case management in alleged child abuse cases, serious neglect, witness to violence, and provides training.

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Music Therapy Program

Music therapy intervention at Children’s involves a broad spectrum of styles and needs tailored to accommodate each individual situation. Assisting in normal growth and development by providing sensory stimulation through engaging patients in active participation in music is just one example of how music can play a role in treatments. Therapies can also help with coping skills, emotional expression, spiritual support and to increase the patient’s interaction in the overall healthcare experience.

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Pediatric Critical Care Transport Program

This funding will support research that will demonstrate the advantages of a Children’s highly trained pediatric transport team. This will help improve the care of critically ill or injured children who require transport from a community hospital to a children’s hospital not only in Minnesota, but across the Upper Midwest and beyond.

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Runaway Intervention Program

The Runaway Intervention Program (RIP), has been nationally recognized as an effective, evidenced based intervention worthy of replication by the Department of Human Services and Office of Juvenile Justice Department Programs.

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Spiritual Care

This on‑call pastoral care program ensures that high quality spiritual and emotional support is available to patients and families, even after regular daytime hours and on weekends.

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