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Parent Navigator Program
We understand that families who have children with chronic medical conditions and special health care needs require extra support. At Children’s National, our Parent Navigator Program helps to reduce family stress by:
- Connecting parents or caregivers to resources
- Assisting with navigating care
- Finding educational tools for parents and children
- Providing emotional support so that managing a child’s health care journey is a little easier
The navigators also bring a unique perspective and understanding to a child’s healthcare team since they too are parents of children with special needs.
What Parent Navigators Do
Our Parent Navigator Program informs, educates, supports and empowers families to be strong partners with providers in advocating for their child’s medical, educational and social well-being. Parent Navigators provide guidance and support to families about how to access services, work with providers and manage the various aspects of special needs caregiving.
Families of children with special health care needs are eligible for the Parent Navigator Program if they see a pediatrician in a Children’s Primary Care location, or are followed by the Complex Care Program at Children’s National.
Additionally, families are eligible if a child’s condition requires any of the following:
- Frequent doctor visits
- Home nursing care
- Multiple hospital stays
- Several specialty doctors
- Specialized education (IEP, IFSP)
- Therapy services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy)
- Use of equipment such as a wheelchair, ventilator, feeding tube or any type of computer-aided technology
Supporting Teens and Families in Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care: Virtual Webinar Series
Register for these webinars. Please download the event flyer (PDF) for more details.
Date: May 20, 2021
Time: 2-3:15 p.m.
Presenter: Crystal Thomas, Parent Navigator
Date: June 15, 2021
Time: 2-3:15 p.m.
Presenter: TjaMeika Davenport, Parent Navigator
Event: Adaptive Physical Activity, Virtual Webinar*
When: March 3, 2021
Hosted by: The Parent Navigator Program, Partnering with The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
Presenters: Michelle Jiggetts, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., Program Administrator, Parent Navigator Program, Children's National Hospital; Charles Rominiyi, Health Education Manager, Office of the State Superintendent of Education; Jermar Rountree, Lead Physical Education Teacher, Center City Public Charter School
About: Focus on helping families of children with special needs integrate physical activity into their daily routine. The presentation (1) discusses adaptive physical activity techniques and resources, (2) provides demonstrations for families to support their child's physical activity while in the stay-at- home environment.
*Use the password Movement21 to watch the presentation.
Event: Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare
When: March 30, 2021
Hosted by: The Parent Navigator Program
Presenter: Crystal Thomas
The Parent Navigator Program helps families de-stress by connecting them to resources such as:
- Assistive technologies
- Legal advice
- Sibling activities
- Support groups
- Therapy programs
Our Parent Navigator Program helps families navigate their child’s care. These services include:
- Appointment assistance
- Care notebooks
- Coordinating multiple specialists
The Parent Navigator Program provides parents and caregivers with the educational tools they need, including:
- Community workshops
- Education advocacy
- Educational information
- Insurance issues
- Navigating Children’s National
- Parent/doctor communication
Our Parent Navigator Program offers emotional support for parents so that managing their child’s health care journey may be a little easier. These services include:
- Doctor visit companionship
- Linking fathers to support groups
- Sharing stories
- Support during hospitalizations
For more information or questions about eligibility, contact us at 202-476-2900 or email us.