Project DOCC Houston's Mission



Project DOCC Houston’s Mission is:

  • To provide pediatric resident physicians with a comprehensive understanding of what families experience on a daily basis when caring for children living with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses.
  • To train parents and families to be “Parent Teachers” so they can broaden the pediatric resident physician’s perspective beyond the hospital and office setting and into the home and community.
  • To illustrate the need for improved  “Delivery of Chronic Care” and planning between physicians and parents in order to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children living with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses.
  • To educate and empower families of children living with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses to become skillful family and community advocates by providing assistance, training and support.

Elaine Hime and her
son Rutherford

Project DOCC is a groundbreaking national program for pediatric resident physicians and has a simple goal:

    To improve each patient's quality of life by teaching pediatric resident physicians the effect of chronic illness/disability on patients and their families.

Created in 1994 by Maggie Hoffman, Donna Appell, and Nancy Speller – themselves parents of children with disabilities North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset NY - Project DOCC's philosophy is that, by understanding how families deal with chronic illness and/or disabilities outside the hospital setting, pediatric resident physicians become better and more compassionate.

Philosophy National Project DOCC

    Project DOCC focuses on the impact of chronic illness/disability on families. Our belief is that special health care needs create universal issues. Our core philosophy relies on our similarities, not our differences. Therefore, we teach about family and community dynamics, not an individual child's disease and disability. Project DOCC's global perspectives allows parent teachers to speak with one voice.

Corrine Grimes

 Lee Ann Grimes and her daughter Corrine (1993-2003)


    Parents are Project DOCC. From our experience, we have seen that many people assume the role of parent. In all of our materials, we use the term "parent" to include: mother, father, grandparent, foster parent, guardian.

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