Books for Belonging: Congenital Heart Center uses grant to diversify collection of children's books for our little victors

April 19, 2022

Books for Belonging: Congenital Heart Center uses grant to diversify collection of children's books for our little victors

The Congenital Heart Center (CHC) in the Department of Pediatric Cardiology was awarded the Phyllis M. Blackman Innovation Grant, for their diversity, equity and inclusion initiative, “Books for Every One of Us.”  

At C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, children in the CHC can select books from our Congenital Heart Center’s clinic’s Check Out with a Book program, and in our inpatient settings within the PCTU. We need diverse books where all our patients can see themselves; thereby, “Books for Every One of Us” creates the opportunity to serve the diverse patient population of C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital. 

  

  

At C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in the Congenital Heart Center’s clinics and inpatient settings, children and families can select books through the Check Out with a Book program and the CHC’s Book Babies™ program.  We need diverse books where all our patients can see themselves; thereby, “Books for Every One of Us” creates the opportunity to serve the diverse patient population of C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital.  

“Books for Every One of Us,” gives Michigan Medicine the opportunity to enhance and elevate diversity, inclusive practices, and equitable experiences by enabling each of our children to see themselves in the pages of a book by providing our little victors with books that have broad appeal across race, culture, gender, ethnicity, and individual interest.  Among others, there are two goals of the grant that have seen noted progress.  One being an increase in the number of books with diverse themes that are available to our children and their families and the second being an increase in the selection of books with more diverse themes.  

  

In a review of recent patient data, 30% of our pediatric patient population reported as a race other than Caucasian with 10.3% of our pediatric patient population African-American and 5.2% Asian. Typically, donated books follow traditionally expected titles from children’s literature. “Books for Every One of Us” provides literature that promotes diversity in multiple ways.  

  

“As professionals who champion the power of children’s literature, for both the child and those who read-a-loud to them, we observe the need for essential additions to the books currently available to our little victors. These needed additions will enable C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital to promote children’s literature that reflects and honors the lives of every one of our children who receives care in our hands.” John Charpie, Amnon Rosenthal Professor and Division Director of Pediatric Cardiology Department of Pediatrics Michigan Medicine. 

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