Teen and Family Support Service Program

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Grant: $30,000

It has been reported that adolescents and young adults (AYAs) diagnosed with cancer require additional services on top of medical treatment. During this challenging time, AYAs commonly find themselves socially isolated and depressed as they miss out on crucial social activities and undergo significant physical changes because of treatment. As a result, they become at risk of experiencing developmental and psychological issues that can lead to serious behavioral health outcomes. The current COVID-19 health crisis has only exacerbated these problems. Because of the pandemic, young cancer patients are now more secluded from their peers. To ensure their emotional and social well-being, especially during this crisis, AYAs must have continued access to interventions and services that address their complex psychosocial needs. With a grant from Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s Cancer Free Generation, CHLA’s Teen and Family Support Service program will pilot a new virtual Life Skill and Wellness e-Series. The e-Series will offer AYA cancer patients behavioral health interventions and educational resources, teaching them essential skills that will help them in their cancer journey. By taking part, patients will have access to monthly support groups led by a licensed psychologist as well as participate in educational workshops that cover topics across the whole continuum of care. Support from the Foundation will help cover the personnel cost of Dr. Laura Bava, a licensed and board-certified pediatric psychologist, who will create the e-Series so that AYAs fighting cancer during the pandemic have access to vital psychosocial services and resources.

For more info please visit: https://www.chla.org/