6 Health Organizations Serving Children And Youth

When a child is sick, or suffering from a difficult medical issue, the emotional strain is enough to worry about without struggling to manage a complex web of facilities and treatment options. That's why these organizations are all working to bring comprehensive care to children, so they and their families can concentrate on getting better in a helpful environment. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

6 Leading Youth Health Care Organizations

Name Location
Children's National Hospital Washington, D.C. Area
The Center for Discovery Monticello, NY
Nemours Children's Health System Serving Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania
University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital Iowa City, IA
Children's Minnesota Twin Cities area, MN
Akron Children's Hospital Akron, OH

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In Depth

Our early years in life see some of our most drastic growth and development, both physically and mentally. As such vulnerable and important periods for humans, childhood and adolescence are frequently accompanied by many bodily changes, which sometimes require medical attention. Thankfully, there is no shortage of groups serving the youngest members of our society. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, then here are, in no particular order, six organizations providing health and medical care to children and young people.

Coming in at #1 is Children's National Hospital. Serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, it specializes in providing pediatric services. Since 1870, it has strived to provide the best care for the country's children, and today it ranks among the top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. In 2018 alone, it cared for more than 237,000 unique patients in a variety of fields, including rare diseases, neurology, and oncology.

Dedicated to the values of compassion, commitment, and connection, Children's National Hospital aims to provide quality health care for patients and families, better health outcomes for young people around the world, and work at the forefront of innovation in the field of pediatric health issues. It has more than fifty locations in its network, including the Children's Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. If you want to show your support for this medical provider, you can look into making a donation online or signing up to volunteer.

It has more than fifty locations in its network, including the Children's Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

In the #2 spot is The Center for Discovery. Located in the Mid-Hudson Region on 1,500 acres of land, this institution is a major research and specialty center with residential, medical, clinical, and special education programs. Particularly active in the treatment of complex diagnoses, including autism and co-occurring biomedical conditions, it focuses on six key pillars when working with patients: evaluation, environment, eating and nutrition, energy regulation, emotional regulation, and evidenced-based education and treatment. Each year, it provides care for approximately 1,200 individuals from all different parts of the world.

Named as a Center of Excellence in New York state, it runs an impressive number of diverse programs. Its Education Program, for instance, operates within the Pediatric Center of Excellence and combines academics, movement, the creative arts, and other learning pathways for its students, while its Food Exploration and Discovery Program is a therapeutic intervention designed to improve patients' relationships with the process of eating. Elsewhere, patients can access primary and specialty care at its Discovery Health Center. Those who wish to learn more about this organization can check out its blog or consider attending one of its upcoming events.

At #3 is Nemours. With locations in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Nemours is a non-profit pediatric health system committed to transformative medical care and research, children's advocacy, and the training of future health care providers. It offers primary, urgent, specialty, and emergency care to its clients, as well as an around-the-clock telemedicine service.

It offers primary, urgent, specialty, and emergency care to its clients, as well as an around-the-clock telemedicine service.

In addition to the comprehensive treatment options it provides, Nemours also engages in research of its own and participates in clinical trials and studies. Much of this work centers on four primary areas, which focus on different conditions affecting young people: asthma and cystic fibrosis, cancer biomarkers and therapeutics, diabetes and obesity, and neurodevelopmental and musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. Furthermore, it promotes the overall health of children in a variety of ways, like publishing resources on healthy living for young people online. Those who want to get involved with Nemours can make a gift or look into volunteering opportunities.

Coming in at #4 is University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Since its founding in 1919, this organization has worked to serve the medical needs of children and their families. Offering care that is centered on patients and their families, it endeavors to follow to the best of its ability its four core principles, which are: dignity and respect, information sharing, participation, and collaboration. In 2018, it cared for nearly 84,000 children.

As the only comprehensive pediatric academic medical center in Iowa, UI Stead Family Children's Hospital offers a wide array of services, covering areas ranging from allergy and immunology to urology. Furthermore, it promotes the exchange of information and experiences among clients and their families, inviting patients to share their stories on its website. If you are interested in getting involved with this organization, you can look into making a monetary donation or check out the news section of its website to keep up to date on its goings-on.

If you are interested in getting involved with this organization, you can look into making a monetary donation or check out the news section of its website to keep up to date on its goings-on.

In the #5 spot is Children's Minnesota. With roots going back to 1924, this independent, not-for-profit health care system is one of the largest such organizations in the country dedicated to pediatrics. Committed to patient- and family-centered service, it operates two hospitals, twelve primary care clinics, six rehabilitation sites, and nine specialty care sites, as of 2019.

In addition, it runs the Children's Minnesota Research Institute, which leads its own studies and partners with external groups to expand our understanding and treatment of things like cancer and blood disorders and integrative medicine. It also advocates on behalf of the state's young people and provides consultations on patient dilemmas through its Clinical Ethics department. If you are interested in showing your support for this organization, consider signing up to volunteer or even joining in on its advocacy work.

Last but not least, at #6 is Akron Children's Hospital. Since 1890, this organization, based in northeast Ohio, has sought to provide quality care to all children, no matter the circumstances. With two hospitals and more than sixty urgent, primary, and specialty care centers in its network, it has a wealth of treatment opportunities for patients. In 2018 alone, for instance, it recorded over one million total outpatient visits.

In 2018 alone, for instance, it recorded over one million total outpatient visits.

Beyond the medical treatment it offers, Akron Children's Hospital also engages in educational and research efforts to further its mission. Its Family Resource Center, for example, contains a lending library of more than 1,500 health books and audiovisual materials for those who are interested in learning more about specific diseases or conditions. Elsewhere, its Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute leads investigations into areas such as population and health services and vision sciences. Those who want to get involved can make donations online.