Inspiring kids and reducing medical anxiety through community outreach
The Teddy Bear Hospital at Emory University aspires to promote health awareness, dispel fears of health professionals, and inspire an interest in health careers through engaging with kindergarten classes in metropolitan Atlanta.
Kindergarten students bring their own ‘sick’ teddy bears from home and the patients are seen by Emory health professional students. At Teddy Bear Hospital, children experience preventive health in a fun classroom environment by becoming a parent of their bear, and using various medical tools like blood pressure cuffs, ophthalmoscopes, and a "CT scanner." Enabling the child to see the healthcare interaction through the eyes of a parent, we re-imagine medical checkups, vaccines and nutrition in a health-positive way, promoting an overall state of wellness.
Since 2012, Emory's Teddy Bear Hospital has worked with hundreds of school children from elementary schools in DeKalb and Fulton counties. We also work with Portal de Salud and the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia to host Spanish-language TBHs at health fairs in Gwinnett county. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or health professional, we invite you to learn more about this rewarding community outreach initiative.
Click here to download our parental consent form, so you can print it out for your child to bring to school!