Sesame Workshop and Quest Diagnostics come together to address health and wellness inequalities with resources that connect parents and caregivers

(New York, NY, October 26, 2022) Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind it Street of sesame reaching 156 million children in more than 150 countries, and Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, today announced a new national program to address health and well-being inequalities among young children. , particularly in – income, rural and marginalized communities.

The pandemic has had far-reaching and persistent effects on children’s health, with many routine health checks and preventives missing. Preventive health care for children is critical to addressing physical, mental and emotional conditions and is essential for providing routine vaccinations, monitoring developmental milestones, treating identified health problems, and providing support for families. According to a recent public health report, missed visits among children under the age of 5 were more common among low-income, black and Latino families than higher-income and white families. The program’s English and Spanish language resources are designed to connect and support parents and caregivers as partners in child care.

New research from Sesame Workshop points to the need for active and supportive ‘healthy teams’ to promote the well-being of young children, a care circle that includes parents, culturally competent health workers and other caring adults. The initiative aims to reduce disparities by highlighting the unique strengths of each family and community; develop a common language around health and well-being and provide easy-to-understand resources; and foster strong partnerships between families, health care professionals and other trusted individuals so that they can work together to make informed health-related decisions for each child.

“Sesame Workshop and Quest can promote positive outcomes for children and affirm the health and well-being of families by supporting equitable and culturally competent practices,” said Jeanette Betancourt, US Social Impact Senior Vice President of Sesame Workshop. “Together, we are creating strategies and messages on preventative and day-to-day health practices, building health literacy and addressing rising children’s food insecurity to reduce health inequalities by empowering parents, health professionals and the providers who serve them. “.

Quest is partnering with Sesame Workshop as part of Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE), a multi-year program focused on providing a combination of testing services, educational programs and donated funding to support initiatives that work to bridge the gap in community health disparities. disadvantaged in the United States

“We are excited to support the launch of this important program to help reduce health inequalities,” said Ruth Clements, vice president and general manager of infectious diseases and immunology at Quest Diagnostics and leader of Quest for Health Equity. “This collaboration with Sesame Workshop will create a strong network dedicated to supporting and improving health and wellbeing outcomes for children in resource-constrained communities and will enable parents to become strong advocates for their families.”

The program’s bilingual resources are designed to connect and support parents and caregivers as partners in children’s health care:

  • Promote the well-being of the whole child
    • Presents daily family routines as building blocks for learning healthy habits and achieving developmental milestones in both body and mind
    • Offer families and children, especially the most marginalized, ways to support the well-being of their children by understanding their growing needs in areas such as nutrition, physical milestones, preventative care and socio-emotional well-being
  • Focus on forming a healthy team
    • Include the broadest circle of child care, using resources that support and empower parents in their communication with a wide range of providers, including non-traditional providers and influential community leaders
    • Support families to proactively use health systems and have more effective communication with their health teams
    • Work with our partners to integrate and distribute these resources to providers in these key communities so that families have access to the information they need to improve the well-being of their children
  • Building on the strengths of families

The new resources will be available on sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/health/ and will also be implemented with key national partners to reach families and children, particularly those in marginalized communities, and distributed through Sesame Street in the communitiesa program to support community providers in their work to help children cope with challenges, big and small. Sesame Street in the communities combines Sesame Workshop’s proven and trusted experience in early childhood education with an incredible network of educators, social workers, health workers and community organizations across the country.

About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help children across the globe. world to become smarter, stronger and kinder. We are present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education and social impact programs funded by philanthropy, each based on rigorous research and adapted to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, visit www.sesameworkshop.org.

About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world’s largest database of clinical laboratory results, Quest’s diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. Quest Diagnostics serves one in three American adults and one-half of the doctors and hospitals in the United States each year, and our nearly 50,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and in the right context, our diagnostic knowledge can inspire life-transforming actions. www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

About Quest for Health Equity
Quest for Health Equity is a Quest Diagnostics and Quest Diagnostics Foundation initiative focused on providing resources, funding, testing and education services to address health disparities in disadvantaged communities across the United States

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