“My children… have had to grow up way too fast and sacrifice so much," said Silvia Lopez, a Delaware resident who cares for her husband, five children and one grandson.
As part of our mission to go “well beyond medicine,” we recently joined a national coalition to help improve public awareness and health care for children who serve on the front lines at home. The Hidden Helpers Coalition is a joint effort of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project and the Biden Administration’s Joining Forces initiative.
Nemours Children’s is the first pediatric health system to join the coalition of more than 60 public and private sector organizations. We pledged to create a collection of web-based trainings and resources for health care providers. To create the training, we conducted focus groups and surveys of more than 200 adult caregivers of military veterans and service members.
The goal is to enable the best possible care by helping providers understand the special needs of children from these families and build trust and understanding with the parents, legal guardians and children. In early 2024, the trainings will be released nationwide and available for free to anyone.
“Most care providers have no idea what children caregivers go through/witness/deal with every day,” wrote one parent answering our survey. “My kids have had to do/deal with things most adults couldn’t handle, having to take care of me due to my military injuries.”
Our goal is to directly address this need, so that America’s “Hidden Helpers” can find the help they need to thrive.