New Orleans, LA – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Ochsner Health System/Ochsner Hospital for Children are proud to announce a new partnership aimed at eradicating hate among youth and helping them to respond to end bullying in our community. Beyond physical well-being, optimal health requires positive self-image, social health and stability, and academic success. Over the coming year, ADL and Ochsner will be launching several new programs aimed at preparing medical students, pediatric residents and practitioners to address bullying and identity concerns during patient visits. A new parent lecture series will launch in November 2017 addressing timely topics such as “Cyberbullying,” “Talking to your Children about Hate in the Media” and “The Values of Diversity.”

Spearheaded by Ochsner Hospital for Children General Pediatrician and ADL board member Daniel Bronfin, MD, and ADL’s Interim Regional Director, Lindsay Friedmann, this partnership will strive to allow practitioners to develop the skills and understanding of how to engage children and adolescents in important conversations about bullying and identity, as well as helping parents and patients engage in valuable conversations regarding topics of acceptance and respect for all.

“Our partnership with Ochsner is a first of its kind at ADL and we are thrilled to see a health care system take the initiative to focus on the whole patient,” Friedmann said. “A child's social emotional health is an important part of overall wellness, so having practitioners better prepared to help address bullying and identity concerns, is an important part of optimal patient care. We are pleased that Ochsner will not only be educating their medical students, residents and clinicians, but will also be taking the time to address these important conversations with parents.”

“Ochsner Hospital for Children is committed to the mission of ADL in working to enhance compassion, understanding and acceptance in children as well as adults” said Daniel Bronfin, MD, Medical Director, Ochsner Craniofacial Program. “As physicians, we often see children not only struggling with physical ailments, but also facing bullying and bias for being different. The impact of these problems has intensified in our current digital age. Ochsner’s partnership is an important step in having open, honest conversations and providing resources to our patients, parents and healthcare team to end bullying and improve respect for one another.”

Upcoming Parent Lecture – “Talking to your children about hate in the media”:

WHAT: Free parent lecture entitled” Talking to your children about hate in the media”

WHO: Jinnie Spiegler, ADL’s Director of Curriculum

WHEN: Tuesday, November 14 (7:00 pm)

HOW: For more information or to register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talking-to-children-about-hate-in-the-media-tickets-38527626167

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About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 29 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism and discrimination against all through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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