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Hope for HIE is growing, and we are so proud to continue offering more services, programs, and opportunities for our community! As of May, Haley Thomas, LMSW – a licensed Medical Social Worker– joined Hope for HIE to support our global HIE families. Beginning her career in 2008, Haley has ample experience supporting families from the beginning-to-end of life and specializes in helping families cope with trauma, unexpected diagnoses, and hospitalization in the NICU, PICU, and ICU. She is prepared and ready to grow the range of services available across all HIE ages, outcomes, and impacts.
Haley joined us for a LIVE Q&A to discuss her role for Hope for HIE, and if you happened to miss the stream, no worries; you can find key takeaways below!
There is a wide range of support services that community social workers generally provide; however, Haley explains how all roads lead back to connection and partnership. For instance, social workers have the knowledge and tools to partner families with local or national resources and organizations that can help with various medical diagnoses or housing, food, and money insecurities. They also have the means to connect families to others in the community who share similar experiences, to peer support or mentorship programs, and to support groups.
The trick to accessing these connections? Just reach out and ask! Haley explains how she, along with any other social worker a family may encounter, can tailor the resources to what each individual or family needs.
Not only is Haley taking on our preexisting resources and support programs, but she is also working hard to expand these programs to reach more families and to become even more inclusive to those across an extensive range of outcomes and impacts.
Haley is working closely with peer mentors and attendees of these support groups to generate ideas for growing these initiatives and is actively seeking feedback from new and established community members to create new video support groups that do not fall under the above two categories.
This initiative will also include the establishment of a strong Hospital Ambassador Program, in which parents and guardians who are familiar with the HIE NICU/PICU experience and have a strong desire to build relationships with their local providers and HIE community, can work under Haley’s direction and mentorship to help connect newly diagnosed families to resources and support.
Haley is open and ready to receive requests for her social work services through our intake form found at HIE.Support.
HIE.Support is our quick and easy way to get connected to Hope for HIE’s comprehensive support programs and services, including social work, child life services, peer support, and more.
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