Programs and Education

Programs and Education

Penn State Children’s Hospital promotes wellness in the community through a variety of programs - improving the health of children through classes, workshops, and other initiatives. 

Learn more about programs and education

To find out more about a particular program, call the number provided or visit the website.

Ongoing Outreach/Community Programs

Program People Location and contact
ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training)

Joelle Scholl

Penn State Medical Group - Psychiatry
22 Northeast Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
(behind Tanger Outlet Center)

Anti-Bullying Program
School-based programs for female relational aggression, Club O, Camp Ophelia

Cheryl Dellasaga, RN, GNP, Professor Humanities and Women’s Study

Room H134
Fax: 717-531-3894

Brain Safety-Concussions

Kelly Rotondo, DNP, RN

MB H4187

717-531-0003 ext. 283695

Brain Safety

Educational program in schools about the effect of drugs on the brain
Sue Pazuchanics

MB H4187

717-531-0003 ext. 283695

Sport Concussion Speaker

Harry Bramley, DO



Car seat/child and infant passenger safety; car seat education/ inspection/installation

Weekly by appointment in Hershey or Harrisburg. Referrals for other sites. Car seats available based on ability to pay by select referral partners in hospital and in community through Safe Kids

Shannon DePatto, BS
Emmy Sasala, BS, MEd

Injury Prevention
Mail Code H113
Room P1215
Fax: 717-531-3784

Center for Protection of Children

Inpatient and outpatient resource for evaluation, management, and education

Lori Frasier, MD, Director
Kathryn Crowell, MD
Heather Hoffman, MSW
Cathy Lewis

Penn State Center for the Protection of Children
500 University Drive, MC H085
Hershey, PA 17033

Scheduling evaluation: 800-982-0313

Child Life Program

Provides inpatient support to patients, families, and siblings. Frequently provides hospital tours, partners for other initiatives, and Teddy Bear Clinics

Ashley Kane, Manager

Room CI TG005
Fax: 717-531-3789

(Family Resource Center – 1st floor Children’s Hospital)

Concussion Program

Provides patient follow-up and education

Bev Shirk, BSN, RN, Pediatric Trauma Coordinator

Note: Other groups involved in concussion brain and brain safety: Safe Kids, Stroke Program, Life Lion

Room CH P1215
Fax: 717-531-3784

Dermatology concerns

Rashes, sun exposure

Jeff Miller, MD
Andrea  Zaenglein, MD


Driver’s Education

For young drivers – by court referral only

Bev Shirk, BSN, RN

Room CH P1215
Fax: 717-531-3784

Drugs 101

Annual September two-hour program that features drug education for parents and children

Bev Shirk, BSN, RN
Paula Cameron, Care Coordinator for Pediatrics

Room CH P1215
Fax: 717-531-3784

Farm Safety Program

An injury prevention program focused on barn safety and horse–buggy safety

Bev Shirk

Room CH P1215
Fax: 717-531-3784

Food Allergy Network

Family support for management of children’s food allergies. Provides education and advocacy

Tracy Fausnight, MD
Chief, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology


Fax: 717-531-0135

Injury Prevention and Pediatric Trauma – Pediatric Trauma and Dauphin County Safe Kids

Provides injury prevention and safety education in inpatient and outpatient settings

Emmy Sasala, BS, MEd, Health Educator
Shannon DePatto, BS, Health Educator

Safety Center – 1st floor Children’s Hospital
Mail Code
Office CH P1215
Fax: 717-531-3784

Hershey Farmers Market
Health Detective wellness program with weekly sessions, portable lessons for offsite

Judy Dillon
Bill Krenz

Community Outreach


The Hershey Story

Healthy eating and exercise program for school-aged children, offered throughout the school year for eligible school districts

Developed by PRO Wellness Center
Judy Dillon, MSN, MA, RN
Bill Krenz, Administrative Assistant

Mail Code H068
Room H3119
Fax: 717-531-3981

Hummingbird Program

Provides palliative care, grief support, education

Nicole Hahnlen, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Pediatric Palliative Care
Gary Ceneviva, MD, Medical Director

RM CH P5424
Fax: 717-531-0668

Life Lion EMS

Provides blood pressure screenings, bicycle safety, car seat tagging, and more

Joseph DePatto, Paramedic, Life Lion Community Outreach

Life Lion Hanger


PRO Wellness Center

Provides curriculum, resources; expertise on childhood obesity, nutrition, activity, and exercise

Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski, Executive Director

Ellie Hogentogler, Marketing/Relationship Manager

ASB Suite 3400
717-531-0003 ext. 283031

Resuscitation Science Training Center

Provides community education for CPR, hands-only CPR

Tammi Bortner, BSN, RN, Program Manager

Room MB C2613
717-531-0003 ext. 284182
Fax: 717-531-0411

Ronald McDonald House

Provides housing, meals, and support for patient families

Ann Mahalik


Safe Sitter Program

One-day Safe Kids babysitting training program for youth 11 years and older (registration required – fee for class materials)

Emmy Sasala
Shannon DePatto

Mail code H113
Room P1215

Fax 717-531-3784

Safe Sleep Program

Safe sleep education for inpatient and outpatient patients, community campaign; Cribs for Kids provider

Erich Batra, MD
Amy Bollinger

Mail code H113
Room P1215

Fax: 717-531-3784

School Nurse Update Program

CE program offered twice each year for school nurses

Lori Harkaway, MSN, RN

Special Projects, Children’s Hospital Nursing Admin

Shaken Baby Program

Provides shaken baby education for PA hospitals, some safe sleep education/

expectant parent program (Scranton schools)

Kelly Cappos, BSN, RN, CLNC, CBISBIS

Marie Reed, MEd, BSN, RN

Carroll Rottmund, BSN, RN, CLNC, CMI-III

Mail code G130
Room HCB 2106 (Neurosurgery)

Fax 717-531-0177

Stroke Prevention

Stroke Detective program

Kathy Morrison, MSN, RN Manager

Room BMR C3830
Fax: 717-0089

Weight Management (Pediatric)

Group for ages 6-18. Participants may have chronic illness such as migraines or diabetes but not active suicidal ideation, any autism spectrum disorder, active psychotic symptoms, or severe depression that may interfere with participation or attendance

Timothy Zeiger, PsyD, Group Leader

Stephanie Ebersole

Penn State Hershey Medical Group – Psychiatry
22 B North East Drive
Hershey, PA  17033

Contact us

If you have questions about community outreach, please contact Judy Dillon at 717-531-4413.

Support Groups

See the pediatric support groups offered at the Children’s Hospital and nearby areas.