Project Vietnam Foundation established in 1996 started training with the Newborn Care Initiative in 2004. Teaching Neonatal Resuscitation was very effective in reducing Newborn Mortality, however sick newborn were at risk for higher physical and mental health disabilities. In 2010 PVNF brought the Bright Futures Team to train pediatricians in Saigon and Hanoi at the Children’s and University Hospitals about addressing the needs of children with special, physical and developmental needs. In 2013 the group expanded the training to the university and college of teachers in Saigon and Hanoi to promote skills for intervention, as well as large public education forums for parents. Currently PVNF Bright Futures is partnering with Vietnam institutions to pilot training and education targeted towards early childhood education as early identification of the problems will lead to meaningful intervention and is most appropriate for environment with few specialists.
Since 2017, PVNF Bright Futures has developed a US-based program, to assist the Vietnamese-American families in mental health awareness and improve understanding of current parenting issues. PVNF developed a collaboration with local organizations and non-profits serving families of children with special needs and community mental health. In 2017, we offered 10 sessions for public education, graduating 30 parents from our Parent worskhops. In 2018, we continue with a monthly parent support group addressing common difficult issues in parenting and behavior in children and teens. In summer 2018, PVNF launched Project Resilience to foster coping skills and enhance communications among the Vietnamese American youth and their families.