Prepared Parents Helping Kids

2018-10-30 14:05:14 | BioPortfolio


Learning to navigate the US health system is challenging for many new immigrants. This pilot study will determine whether an intervention to teach parents key skills needed to access health care for children is feasible and acceptable to immigrant parents.

This study will also look for evidence of efficacy to inform the planning process for future, larger evaluations of the intervention (i.e., estimate effect sizes).


Parents—particularly those with limited English proficiency (LEP) and limited literacy—may require months or years of experiential learning to master fundamental health care navigation tasks, such as requesting an interpreter. Most programs teaching health care navigation skills are ad hoc and have not be evaluated.

In this study, Investigators will pilot a group-based educational intervention in which a bilingual community health worker will use an interactive curriculum to teach immigrant parents key skills needed to access health care for children.

Parents and caregivers for children <18 years will be enrolled in closed groups of 6-12 individuals. The 6-12 week intervention will comprise 6 meetings, each of which will be no longer than 75 minutes. Each meeting will focus on one of six skills:

1. Requesting an interpreter;

2. Communicating with a health care facility by telephone;

3. Scheduling appointments;

4. Traveling to health care facilities and registering with the front desk;

5. Obtaining appointments with specialists;

6. Calling 911 for an ambulance.

Each meeting will follow a pre-specified plan that will typically include welcoming activities, a review of prior material, introduction of new material, and a series of activities (e.g., role play) to practice key skills. Sessions will be interactive, culturally-appropriate, and held in parents' preferred language.

Study Design


Immigrant Caregiver Health Care Navigation for Children


Group-based educational intervention


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
United States


Not yet recruiting


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Results (where available)

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