The Health Stars literacy program holds education sessions for low-income and homeless parents with children ages 0-5. These families may live in affordable housing complexes or homeless shelters.
Health Stars brings volunteer pediatricians into the communities they serve to engage with families in their own neighborhoods. This is done to better understand the challenges these families face in achieving a healthy lifestyle.
Families learn healthy habits during a series of reading and play sessions, each focused on a specific health topic. The program addresses key child health issues, including discipline, nutrition, safety, sleep and oral health, providing families with children’s books to reinforce healthy behaviors and encourage daily reading with children.
Clinicians lead interactive discussions in a fun, engaging environment with the goal of building parents’ trust as well as their confidence with their own child interactions and parenting skills. Health Stars also works to connect families with local resources to meet their health, social and behavioral needs.
UC San Diego Pediatricians and Community Collaborating Together (PACCT) program (Department of Pediatrics, Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Child Development, & Community Health)