Project DOCC - Delivery of Chronic Care is a project-based organization, focused on the issues of families of children or young adults with special health care needs. Project DOCC seeks to put the individual and family at the center of the health care system, regardless of age, diagnosis, or prognosis.
Project DOCC’s program is built on the premise that all children and adults living with a chronic illness or disability-- and their families-- deserve the best quality of life possible in their individual situation. In today’s health care environment, this requires patients and caregivers to manage complex regimens of medical and home care and to navigate not only health care, but also educational, social service, governmental, and insurance systems.
Project DOCC has worked across the nation and internationally. Our current work is focused on our home community, Nassau County, where we are particularly conscious of the additional burdens on families in the “hidden Long Island”--low income, often new immigrant, residents who have service needs that are neither easily voiced nor readily heard.
To accomplish this work, Project DOCC has formed a collaborative partnership with the Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra University, and Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC)/NuHealth. The mission of Advocates for Community Health (ACH) is to serve under-resourced Long Island children and their parents, particularly families of young children with special health care needs. To further the goals of serving these families, we have developed a two-pronged approach.
Project DOCC developed a model of training in which families teach doctors, nurses, and educators in health care and community settings. Family faculty trains residents and fellows in pediatrics and family medicine programs around the country and in Australia. This model of enabling families to give voice to their experience and their needs has been behind each of Project DOCCs accomplishments.