Who's Using These Books? ...
To date, 4 million copies of the books in the "What To Do For Health" series have been purchased by organizations for distribution to families and caregivers who need them most. Here are a few of the categories and groups using and distributing these books...
Molina Healthcare www.molinahealthcare.com -- Molina Healthcare, Inc., is a growing healthcare company committed to serving people who have traditionally faced barriers to quality healthcare-including individuals covered under Medicaid, Healthy Families, CHIP and other government-sponsored health insurance programs. Molina distributes the books, What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick, and What To Do When You're Having a Baby through several of its networks, including California, Michigan, Washington, and Utah. Molina Healthcare of Michigan won the Pinnacle Award from the Michigan Association of Health Plans for its Baby Steps toward Health program (Emergency Room Utilization Reduction Project). What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick was used as the basis for their member intervention project.
"At-risk" service-based organization
MOMS Orange County www.momsorangecounty.org -- A non-profit community-based organization, MOMS Orange County's mission is to improve access to prenatal care, education and support for women living in Orange County, from pregnancy through the first year after birth, positively impacting the health and well-being of these women and their infants. They intake mothers from the time they are pregnant and keep track of them for 18 months. They are distributing What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick, and are one of the very first organizations to sign on with the program from its inception.
"I have been involved with educating mothers about well child and sick child care for almost 30 years and I believe this book is one of the best teaching tools available for the community at large!" Pam Pimentel, Executive Director of MOMS Orange County.
California www.ccfc.ca.gov -- First 5 California, a state agency that administers early childhood development services for all children in California from prenatal to five year old, has chosen What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick as a part of their Kit for New Parents that is sent out to the parents of every newborn child. Over the past few decades, parenting education has become recognized as one of society's most valuable strategies to provide parents with the information and skills needed to promote children's health and developlment. To help meet these needs, First 5 California developed their Kit for New Parents.
"What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick is a valuable addition to our Kit for New Parents. From sore throats to nose bleeds, this guide provides solutions to common health problems in an easy-to-understand manner that parents will appreciate". Kris Perry, Executive Director of First 5 California
South Dakota www.state.sd.us -- Five years ago, Governor William Janklow first saw the value in giving each new mother in his state a copy of the book, What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick, as a primer on keeping their baby healthy. From Gov. Janklow's administration and on through to current Gov. Mike Rounds' administration, the book continues to be a part of the "Bright Start Gift Box" given to each new mother in the state. It is filled with items to improve the health and wellness of each baby. This is an excellent example of taking the lead in preventive healthcare, reducing costly emergency room visits, and giving new parents a jump on a lifetime of good health.
Patricia Monson from Child Care Services: "This book is very popular in our Gift Box that we give to parents of newborn babies. Response cards from Gift Box recipients list What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick as an item found most useful. Other items were also listed, but this one gets the most positive responses. We feel the book has been helpful."
Friends Of Children Health Center www.4childhealth.org -- This is a prime example of a clinic serving a community with a valuable service, a free clinic, while providing each parent with a self-help health care book, What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick. At Friends of Children, parents and patients receive training in the proper use of the book.
Wishard Health Services www.wishard.edu -- Wishard Health Services provides health care to the residents of Marion County, Indiana. Wishard Health Services and its components recognize each person as an individual, a family and community member with unique needs. Wishard Health Services provides compassionate health care to meet these needs regardless of the person's financial or social status, ethnic or religious background, disability, or national origin. Wishard Health Services is committed to the efficient delivery of quality health care, the promotion of wellness, and the fostering of health care education. Wishard is the largest hospital using the book, What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick, in its Women's Center for Excellence in Women's Health.
CalOptima www.caloptima.org -- In August, 1993, the Orange County Board of Supervisors formally moved to create CalOptima, one of five County Organized Health Systems (COHS) in California, to serve the health care needs of the County's more than 200,000 Medi-Cal (Medicaid) beneficiaries. CalOptima has purchased copies of the book, What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick, in both English and Spanish, and worked collaboratively with the Institute for Healthcare Advancement to create a culturally appropriate and accurate translation into Vietnamese of the sick child book.
The groups listed above are only a handful of those who have recognized the value of providing easy to read and easy to use information, in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean to their patients. If you would like more information on how to make books in the "What To Do For Health" series part of your program, please call (800) 434-4633, and speak with Hillery Pastovich, ext. 415, or Elizabeth Silvis, ext. 205, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.