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Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Clinic
May 13-15, 2019

Carolyn Schneiders Fung

Director of National Programs
Hope For Henry Foundation

Carolyn Schneiders Fung has been a part of the Hope for Henry team since 2012. She became a Child Life Specialist in 2008 and began her career at Duke University Medical in Durham, NC. She discovered her passion for working with children and teenagers receiving solid organ transplants, and helped pilot a child life position within the adult lung transplant team. In 2012, she was hired to work at Children’s National Medical Center, becoming Hope for Henry’s first full-time, in-hospital staff member. In that role, she provided services alongside with the hospital’s top-notch child-life team, delivered Hope for Henry’s unique and exciting programming, and worked to create new programs to improve patient well-being and outcomes. Building on Hope for Henry’s special focus on play, learning, child development, and advocacy, Carolyn helped create the new patient incentives program—Hope for Henry’s Super Path to Super Duper Better. In the spring of 2016, Carolyn became the first-ever program director for Hope for Henry, and in 2018, she became the Director of National Programs.

Carolyn’s passion for the field of child life has led to becoming involved with the Association of Child Life Professionals. She was selected to be a participant in the ACLP’s first inaugural Leadership Academy, has served on the Conference Committee as an Abstract Reviewer, and currently serves on the Community Based Non-Traditional Committee.

May 14, 2019
10:45am - 11:25am
Room 23

Despite advances in medical science, a crisis exists in pediatric hospital care. Even in the most sophisticated medical centers, children with serious, chronic illnesses endure environments that hinder healing and leave lasting scars on their psyches. Hospitals also fail to sufficiently address the depth of the emotional needs of parents and siblings who suffer along with young patients.

In this session, speakers will share Hope for Henry's groundbreaking patient incentive program, which rewards kids for doing the difficult things they need to do to get better and increases adherence to medical plans.

Key takeaways:

  • Participants will better understand the connection between kids ability to heal and their need for services that tend to their psychosocial and emotional well-being while incentivizing them to get better.
  • Behavioral economics can be used in pediatric settings to help kids invest in their recovery process with the associated benefit of increasing adherence to medical plans.
  • Programs like Hope for Henry that reduce the emotional scarring of diagnosis and treatment help improve short-term outcomes and reduce negative, long-term effects. 

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