Uniting Parents plans to provide school supplies and family events through new partnership with Superior HealthPlan | KAMR

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Uniting Parents (UP) announced a new partnership with Superior HealthPlan. Through this collaboration, they hope to support family engagement through health education, providing school supplies and family events.

“During COVID, a lot of kids have been locked up, or they’ve been homeschooled. They didn’t have a lot of activity. As I saw things getting closer to normal, I thought we had to do something for our children,” said Maria Garcia, director of the Uniting Parents program at the Coalition of Health Services.

Uniting Parents is a parent case management program for families of children with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities with offices in Amarillo, Dumas, Lubbock, and provides services in all 32 major counties in the TX Panhandle. Uniting Parents is designed to empower families and improve the quality of life for their children by providing information, education, training, referrals, networking and support.

As for Superior HealthPlan, its goal is to transform community health, one person at a time, through outreach programs such as Uniting Parents. Together, Superior HealthPlan and Uniting Parents will provide fall 2021 school supplies to those enrolled in the Uniting Parents case group.

The partnership will also present monthly online educational meetings for all families of children with disabilities served by Uniting Parents and will host other families as well. Topics will include service coordination, value-added services, transitional services, behavioral health and other topics. Uniting Parents plans to hold these meetings from May to December.

Uniting Parents and Superior HealthPlan recognize the importance of family engagement through fun activities for families enrolled in case management or respite programs and will ensure that their children with disabilities and immediate family members benefit amusement parks in Amarillo and Lubbock this summer.

“So hopefully our families of kids with disabilities can get out into the community and start having a more normal, typical summer life, and some education there as well,” Garcia explained.

Superior HealthPlan funds this program through the Coalition of Health Services, Inc./Uniting Parents program and families will be able to participate for free.

“The last thing we want, whether with Superior HealthPlan or Uniting Parents, is for a family to feel alone. They should know that there are supports and resources. So call us. And we would be happy to help you,” Garcia said.

The program director shared that families can call their toll-free number, 888-892-2273. Locally, this number is 337-1700. “Just ask Uniting Parents, or for me, Maria Garcia, and I’d be happy to visit you.”

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