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July 22, 2020 | Galit Holzmann-Pazgal, MD
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As we near the end of summer and schools share their plans for reopening, there are, undoubtedly, many questions parents and caregivers have due to COVID-19’s impact on our communities. There are certainly no easy, one-size-fits-all answers to these questions. After all, we are facing an unprecedented situation. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and...

July 17, 2020 | Sadiqa Cash, PhD
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While we try our best to protect children from things that may hurt them, we must also provide them with tools they need to overcome adversity. The following strategies are helpful ways to teach your Black child to be resilient in the face of racism, through self-love and community.

Representation matters

One of the many ways in which racism and discrimination present is through a lack of representation. It is not uncommon that Black children in the United States spend years in the education system before having a...

July 15, 2020 | Audrey McKim, Child Life Activity Coordinator

I walked into her room, she gave me a sly smile, rubbed her hands together slowly and asked, “Ready to lose?” Then, she set out the deck of cards. 

A teenage girl diagnosed with cancer in the midst of a pandemic. While that may seem like an added element of isolation in a time when isolation is paramount, in fact she was gaining an entire new group of people ready to support her – our community on the inpatient unit of the Cancer and Hematology Centers at Texas Children’s Hospital.

In the Cancer Center, we have the privilege of getting to know patients and families well because of their lengthy or frequent admissions. 

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July 14, 2020 | Rachel Macleod, Midwife Educator at Area 25 Health Centre in Malawi
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Apart from my sadness of leaving my home, I was devastated to be leaving my work at Area 25 just a few weeks before the proposed opening of the new Labour Ward. Amid all my preparation work, unable to complete the task I had started over a year ago, the conflict was overwhelming. I had invested so much time, energy, ideas, thoughts, love and dreams. I could not distance myself from the work, despite being distanced from the facility. I could not desert my midwives, despite deserting the country. I could not abandon the women and babies, and so I made a plan. Working from home as a...

June 30, 2020 | Chandler Townsend

Throughout the hallways of this hospital, the most resilient of children are fighting battles one can only begin to imagine. They are my heroes, their strength unparalleled. As a Certified Child Life Specialist in the Emergency Center (EC), I often get to meet patients and families at their most vulnerable. The EC is the gateway to the rest of the hospital, where initial assessments are made, diagnoses come into light and treatment begins. I love my job. I love meeting families here amidst the organized chaos and playing a role in their first introduction to Texas...

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