Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Health, Human Services and Public Policy
Collaborative Health and Human Services
Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services is a non profit agency in Watsonville, California. Providing family-centered care for children and their families in their emotional, practical, and financial struggles. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a need for a laser-focused strategy to meet the immediate needs of children’s health. Childhood cancer greatly affects their upbringing and may create worse problems throughout their adulthood. Without assistance, these families are critically vulnerable to their physical and mental health issues. This project allows children with illness alongside their families to receive mental health assistance throughout their complex journey. With the beauty of art therapy, children express their internal thoughts while engaging with the activities. Providing an opportunity to improve and nourish their skills during difficult situations. Empowering children to use their creativity and free selves in a moment of hope. Hope and healing, until there is a cure for cancer.
Hernandez, Gerardo, "Power of Arts & Craft to Support Children with Illnesses" (2022). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 1374.