Encouraging positive outcomes for chronically, acutely, mentally or physically ill or pregnant students, their families and local education systems
Parents of Students with Health Needs
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Supporting families of students struggling with medical conditions
(including illnesses, injuries, complex medical needs and pregnancy)
Parents of Students with Healthcare Needs (originally
called PIPS) unites, supports and encourages positive
outcomes for all students with healthcare needs that impact
their education. This includes chronically, acutely,
mentally and physically ill students, as well as
those who are pregnant or parenting).
1) Support parents and care-givers of students with medical conditions (including pregnant/parenting teens).
2) Bring about better outcomes for students with
health or pregnancy-related issues--in collaboration with local
educational agencies (LEAs).
3) To encourage the development and support
the progression of local PSHN parent groups.
Parents of Students with Healthcare Needs (PSHN) is
an initiative of DREAM Corp. PSHN is a network of parent groups. It
provides resources and support for sister parent groups like Prince
George's County Parents of Students with Health Needs.
Lisa Brooks-Wilkins and Beth McCracken-Harness are co-founders and co-presidents of Parents
of Students with Healthcare Needs (originally called PIPS) .
They both had seriously ill children, and dealt with doctors
and medical bills. At the same time, they worried about their children
missing critical instruction in school. Without knowing
about each other, both of them started organizations to make things better for families with ill
or pregnant students. They found each other and started Parents of
Students with Healthcare Needs.