Historically, children’s hospitals have served patients once symptoms of a condition or injury have occurred. Anticipating and preventing the onset of childhood illness and injury is a relatively new paradigm that requires ingenuity and collaboration beyond the traditional medical delivery system. Children’s hospitals must extend their focus to include the social factors that impact the overall wellness of young people. These factors include education, family/social support, community safety and the law.
Two decades ago, Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS) created a children’s advocacy program to meet this need. The program has steadily expanded into what now will be known as Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy. The Bradshaw Institute will coordinate existing prevention and health promotion initiatives and facilitate health service delivery throughout the communities we serve.
The Bradshaw Institute will...