Heroes for Hasbro: Funding Priorities

Levels & Benefits

Area of Greatest Need

By giving to the area of greatest need, your unrestricted gift is instrumental in helping us provide the high quality, family- and patient-centered care that our patients have come to expect, while allowing us to react quickly to the changing needs of healthcare.

"At the drop of a hat things can change in health care, but our patients and their families always remain our top priority. Donors who support the area of greatest need are the true heroes, helping ensure our ability to respond quickly and effectively.” – Tracey Wallace, vice president, pediatric services

Supporting the "area of greatest need" helps us offer programs like the Medical-Legal Partnership and Connect for Health that impact the long-term health of vulnerable and low-income populations; enhance family-centered care with technological resources like the GetWellNetwork in all patient rooms; and offer a community-based asthma program that addresses triggers in the home environment.

Your support may also help us address any urgent or pressing unbudgeted need that may arise.

Child Life Services

Imagine what it’s like to be a child rushed to the emergency department after a car crash or a child with severe stomach pain and high fever who is admitted to the hospital. You don’t understand what is happening or why you are there. Then someone comes in and talks with you, not at you. She has time for games and songs and distracts you from the pain. And, she explains what’s going on—in a way that makes sense. That hero is a child life specialist.

"We are so lucky to have a hospital that understands how important child life is… they took a very scary experience for my son and put us all at ease. They helped him see everything was going to be okay and even managed to put a smile on his face – and mine too.” – A grateful mom

From using candy to help a young girl learn how to swallow pills before she can be discharged, to demonstrating on a teddy bear what the surgeon is going to do to fix a child’s bellyache, child life specialists use play to help children understand and cope with their illness or injury, tailoring their approach to the child based on age, development, family history, culture, and past experiences.

Child life also brings fun and laughter to the hospital environment, helping to ease the children’s anxiety and fear so they can participate in their treatment and get back to feeling better.

Healing Arts Program

Creativity and imagination are important parts of a child’s life—and a child’s overall health. In fact, there is clear evidence physical health is integrally linked to emotional and spiritual well-being and that the arts can play a critical role in the healing process. Funded completely through philanthropy, our Healing Arts Program offers a full range of visual arts, music literacy, and performance programs to comfort and aid in a patient’s recovery.

Children are naturally creative. When a child is sick or injured, music and art can be extremely therapeutic and can humanize the health care experience.

Whether creative arts workshops in the emergency department that address the anxiety and fear children and families may experience while waiting, or the professional musicians and artists that visit patients in their hospital rooms and work one-on-one or with small groups of children both during their stay with us and in an outpatient capacity, the healing arts have become an essential part of patient care. Both the medical and psychiatric needs of the child are addressed by fostering self-expression through art therapy.

Our Healing Arts Program continually strives to expand program offerings so as many children as possible can experience the healing benefits of music and art.

The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC)

Living with a chronic illness can be a frightening, alienating and confusing experience, perhaps particularly so when combined with the already existing challenges of young adulthood. Since 2005, the Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC) has been providing a forum for adolescents living with diseases such as asthma, diabetes, lupus, cancer and sickle cell anemia to come together with students from local colleges including Brown University, Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), who are also chronically ill. Since 2012, TALC has been the official "Youth Advisory Council" for Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Open to 13- to 18-year-olds who have the diagnosis of a chronic medical illness, TALC has meetings every month (September through May) along with an annual team-building retreat, annual overnight summer leadership camp, periodic social events, and art related events. TALC strives to prepare teenagers for the transition to adulthood and independence by providing them with mentors to whom they can relate.

Parent Consultant Program

Parent Consultants are parents or family members of a child who has been in an Early Intervention program. Parent Consultants are experienced in navigating the service delivery system in Rhode Island. They use their knowledge and training to educate and assist families in accessing community resources, communicating more effectively with school personnel and health providers, and connecting with other families with similar circumstances.