Healthy Family Sessions are a monthly family-centered program where adults, teens and children are able to come together to share their experiences and receive information on a topic of their choice. Previous Topics Have Included:
- Family Health History
- Parent Advocacy
- Pain Management
- Home Ownership
The objective of this program is to provide a place where parents are able to voice their concerns and become empowered to face the challenges of raising a child with sickle cell disease. Many parents gain a sense of hope and encouragement through this sharing opportunity.
Healthy Family Sessions are open to the entire family (siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc) and even playmates. By extending our programming beyond the affected child and his/her parents, the family will be able to have a wide support net of family and friends aware of this unique health situation, the child will not feel singled out because of their illness by peers or siblings, and the negative stigma associated with SCD will be progressively removed.
A meal and childcare is provided and transportation assistance is available. Healthy Family Sessions are facilitated by The Hill House Association and funded in part by a grant from McAuley Ministries and from the City of Pittsburgh through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Luke Ravenstahl, Mayor.