Medical Advances and Brighter Futures for Children
The seismic shift caused by the pandemic means that philanthropy is needed now more than ever. CHOP is truly on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, serving as a leader in the region as we continue to serve our most vulnerable patients in the current healthcare landscape. Your support plays an integral role as the hospital continues to navigate new and unprecedented challenges — remaining innovative, resilient and focused on family-centered, world-class care.
Whether it’s vaccine development or meal distribution to communities financially devastated by the pandemic, your generosity will directly translate into research, patient care, education and community advocacy as it relates to COVID-19.
Advancing Care in New Ways
Funds raised by the Holiday Boutique are awarded to deserving programs through the Women’s Committee grant process. This year these funds will benefit CHOP’s COVID-19 response efforts. Below are a few projects these funds will support.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not just the virus that has struck fear among families. For many who struggle financially or who have lost existing sources of income, food-insecurity is a very real threat.
A partnership between CHOP and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is lessening that worry by providing 2,000 free meals a week to families in need. Making sure kids have adequate, nutritious food is part of CHOP’s broader mission to improve children’s health.
Harnessing Existing Tools to Target COVID-19
Physicians and scientists at CHOP are leveraging tools developed to identify unique aspects of childhood cancers in the hopes that they may be able to identify the right protein sequences to target in SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. By refining these CHOP-developed computational tools, researchers are prioritizing viral targets based on their ability to stimulate a lasting immune response. This approach provides a roadmap for a vaccine that would be safe, effective and mass-produced. The first step — testing various combinations in the lab — is already underway.
Reassuring Patients in an Uncertain Time
The Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy team found new ways to help patients and families cope with stress during this strange and uncertain time. This donor-funded department created a video showcasing masked staff members dancing to cheerful, comforting lyrics; provided decorations, ambient music and care packages for staff; and even facilitated patient Skype visits with celebrities such as Eagles coach Doug Pederson. The team’s quick response to the heightened emotional needs of patients, families and staff resulted in a much-appreciated sense of normalcy, comfort and safety.
Mapping COVID-19 to Guide Reopening
PolicyLab, part of CHOP’s Research Institute, created and maintains a data modeling tool that forecasts the spread of COVID-19 across more than 500 U.S. counties. The model accounts for local area effects, such as population, geography and temperature, and provides insight on how social distancing will affect the virus’s spread, county by county. Updated in real-time, closely watched by government leadership, and featured in national publications, CHOP’s model offers a blueprint for a safe, measured reopening.