How You Can Help

How Teens Can Help

C.H.A.T. Teen Advisory Group

Council of Helping Advisory Teens (C.H.A.T.) is a group of teen patients who advocate for other patients and advise the hospital on how to improve the medical experience. Adolescents ages 12-19 who have received care at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital are invited to join C.H.A.T. and participate in monthly meetings facilitated by child life specialists, creative arts therapists, and pediatric physicians.

Projects have included:

  • Creating a teen hospital guide
  • Planning the annual hospital prom
  • Providing input on programming for patients, design of hospital spaces, and menu changes
  • Developing resources to help pediatric patients with pain management, including pain infographics
  • Hosting virtual game nights for patients
  • Teaching trainee physicians by sharing experiences and offering suggestions for supporting & communicating with adolescent patients

For more information, please e-mail [email protected]

“C.H.A.T is being the support for patients and breaking down the communication barrier. At C.H.A.T we work to enhance the patient and doctor experiences, uniting as one.”

Leeza, age 18


“C.H.A.T is a way to help patients communicate with their doctors while creating a fun experience to connect with each other.”

Gwen, age 16