‘Prescription for play’ promotes pediatric well-being

Community Health Center, Inc .. press release:

October 9, 2021

Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) and the Weitzman Institute (WI) are pleased to announce a collaboration with the LEGO® Group to support its Prescription for Play (“P4P”) program. P4P promotes play-based learning by providing free DUPLO® brick kits and educational materials to pediatric healthcare providers to deliver to patients aged 18-36 months during routine visits to healthy children. This partnership is funded by the LEGO Foundation.

The LEGO Group is relaunching the program with substantial new resources and support from the CHC and Weitzman, who piloted P4P at the CHC’s pediatric clinic in Hartford. The Weitzman Institute will help expand the program by offering training, the potential for certification credits, as well as research and evaluation to reach as many pediatric care providers in the United States as possible with the evidence-based concept of play-based learning as a fundamental element of the holistic development of the child. .

Weitzman’s educational team will work with the LEGO Group to develop educational materials including written / visual content, pre-recorded audio and video learning modules, a short series of live training sessions and a media-like platform. social to encourage collaboration and communication between participants. and subject matter experts. An online portal accessible to 5,000 users will provide ongoing management and training for organizations and healthcare professionals who register to participate in the program. Ultimately, WI will recruit between 100 and 150 health care sites treating young children to implement the P4P program and distribute 400,000 kits to children and families.

According to Ho-Choong Chang, MD, chief of pediatrics, Community Health Center, Inc., “Our children have endured such adversity during the pandemic, and the protective and nurturing power of play is more important than ever. We were so excited to support our families through Prescription for Play when visiting healthy children, and we look forward to working with the LEGO Group to bring this important program to many other healthcare providers and families. across the United States. “

“Research shows that play experiences help children develop the skills they need to thrive. The Prescription for Play program harnesses the near universal opportunity available to pediatric healthcare providers to promote this message to caregivers, ”says Linda Fitzgerald, Program Manager, Prescription to Play. “The LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation could not be happier to have CHC / WI as partners as we develop and scale Prescription for Play. They bring critical clinical experience, as well as expertise in quality improvement and practice transformation to this business. We believe our partnership will lead to wide adoption of play-based learning as part of routine well visit care, ultimately benefiting millions of children. “

For more information on Prescription for Play, visit www.LEGO.com/P4P.

This press release was produced by Community Health Center, Inc. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author.

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