On August 6, 2021, CHOC Foundation awarded grants to seven teams who are driving leading-edge research, improving the patient and family experience, and expanding the ways CHOC delivers care. During a time of uncertainty and change, 13 finalist teams persevered from over 100 applications to present their projects, “Shark Tank” style, to the One Wish Grants Selection Committee – comprising of CHOC executives, department experts and philanthropic partners who voted to determine the winners.
The CHOC Foundation is grateful for partners like the Corporate Partnerships Committee and CHOC Associate Giving for their philanthropy. If you would like to get involved with One Wish Grants and support CHOC providers and associates with turning their wishes into reality, become a Wish Granter !
If you are a CHOC provider or associate that has an idea to make CHOC an even greater place, applications are now open for grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000. Apply today through the One Wish Grants application portal!
Join us in congratulating the One Wish Grants 2021 Awarded Projects!
Dr. Gregory Kennedy | Mini-Medical School Development & Supplies for Housing-Insecure Youth in the OC
The Mini-Medical School team will provide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math based health education sessions for children served by the Illumination Foundation.
Amy Waunch | Stop the Bleed Training for Orange County Schools
The Stop the Bleed Training team will provide adolescents with the knowledge and skills to save lives in the event of a bleeding emergency. They will provide school districts with the tools and resources to ensure the community is prepared for life-threatening injuries.
Dr. Megan Gooch | Use of a Serum Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor to Evaluate Neurocognitive Decline and Recovery in Patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or Lymphoblastic Lymphoma
This research study aims to identify the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor as a potential biomarker in predicting cognitive decline and recovery. It aims to improve or mitigate chemotherapy associated cognitive deficits among patients with cancer.
Paula Moran | Goin’ Mobile
CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital PICU implemented an evidence based early program to decrease patient complications resulting from hospitalization and promote optimal recovery. This grant will allow the team to purchase a patient mobility cart to facilitate patient ambulation and attend the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Conference to further develop the program.
Dr. Hillary Zieve | Feeding the Future
This dedicated team of CHOC professionals will develop an education curriculum to help guide families through the first 18 months of life to help prevent the development of childhood obesity and implement a 7-session course to educate CHOC families.
Dr. Gurpreet Ahuja | Assessment of Neonatal Airway with Optical Coherence Tomography
This study aims to determine the role of Optical Coherence Tomography in identifying intubation related injury and in reducing incidence of extubation failures in intubated neonates.
Dr. Theodore Heyming | Clinical Decision Support for Nonaccidental Trauma
This project aims to improve identification and workup for nonaccidental trauma in patients in the Emergency Department through two novel approaches and will assess the impact on rates of child abuse recognition, workup, and if implementation leads to a decrease in the number of re-injured patients.
On behalf of the CHOC Foundation, we applaud and thank all applicants for submitting ideas from departments across CHOC such as Plastic Surgery, the Primary Care Clinics and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital. Thank you for remaining committed to moving your creative ideas forward.
Since 2017, One Wish Grants has been a springboard for innovation and funded over 30 projects that have launched successful pilot programs, increased patient satisfaction scores and brought innovative health care solutions to CHOC.