Homeless Youth Advocacy Week

The Driscoll Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program is sponsoring weeklong events focusing on homeless youth advocacy. The events, scheduled April 25-29, are meant to create awareness in both the medical community and in the general public, so that assistance can be offered to help homeless youth.

“The resident physicians from Driscoll Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program are excited to advocate for homeless youth,” said Audrey Parmar, MD, Second-Year Resident. “Becoming a pediatrician is something that we chose to do and we love what we do. We are advocates for the pediatric community and our advocacy role does not stop within the confines of the doctor’s office or hospital.”

Every year the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) emphasizes a particular advocacy campaign. This year, FACE poverty, which emphasizes a child’s Food security, Access to health care, Community and Education, was chosen. The Pediatric Residency Program decided to tie that national theme in with their annual Advocacy Week.

During Homeless Youth Advocacy Week, the Pediatric Residency Program will be providing education about homeless youth locally, holding a donation drive to gather new shoes and hygiene products, providing a meal for the homeless, and concluding with a lecture featuring a panel of a local pediatrician and community leaders committed to helping homeless youth.

“With this awareness, we hope both pediatricians and the local community will be actively involved in identifying children in poverty and be better prepared to meet their needs,” said Dr. Parmar. “Poverty plays a significant role in a child’s health and well-being, and pediatricians play an active role in a child’s overall health. We want our children to have the tools to become successful and healthy adults.”

All events will be at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Contact Audrey Parmar, MD, at 361-694-5000 or Susana Majors, CCISD Homeless Services, 361-878-2571, ext. 42652 for more information.

Events for Homeless Youth Advocacy Week include:

Monday-Thursday (April 25-28): Create awareness and educate. Poster board and pamphlet education will be available during lunch, including facts regarding local, Texas and national youth.

Monday-Friday (April 25-29): Donation drive, with donations going to Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD), Communities in Schools, and the Women’s Shelter of South Texas. The drive will focus on new shoes for school-age children and hygiene items. Each person who donates will be eligible to enter a raffle for a prize.

Thursday, April 28: Residents will feed the homeless, by serving dinner at Loaves and Fishes from 5-6 p.m.

Friday, April 29: Grand Rounds, a weekly hospitalwide program, will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Driscoll auditorium. Speakers will include Lori Anderson, MD, pediatrician at Amistad Community Center; Susana Majors, CCISD Homeless Services; Jessie Elizondo, Salvation Army and Texas Coalition of Homeless; Katy Rios, Food Bank Children’s Program. Donations collected all week will be given to designated charities.