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Pamela C. High, MD


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Spotlight on Dr. Pamela C. High, Project Director for the DBP program at Brown University and lead author of the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement “Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice”

Pamela C. High, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI. She directs the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) at Hasbro Children’s/Rhode Island Hospital where she serves as the Program Director for fellowship training in DBP and for the HRSA/MCHB sponsored Brown Leadership Education in DBP Program. Dr. High is recent Past President of the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP’s) Early Brain and Child Development Leadership Workgroup. Her local advocacy efforts have included serving on RI’s Early Learning Council and on the boards of RI Kids Count and RI Reach Out and Read.

Dr. High is the lead author on the new Policy Statement from the AAP: “Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice.Exit Disclaimer The statement urges the 62,000 AAP members to talk to parents about how critical reading aloud is for fostering young children's brain development and building their early language and literacy skills. Pediatricians are also encouraged to provide books during health maintenance visits for all low-income, high-risk young children. The statement also calls for literacy promotion to be included in pediatric residency training, and for federal and state funding to help manage the costs of making age-appropriate books available in pediatric medical homes.

In a related article in the Huffington Post (6/30/2014) entitled, “Pediatricians Call For Parents To Read Aloud To Their Children Every Day” and interviews on the Public Broadcast Station (PBS) Exit Disclaimer, Dr. High, referring to parents, said they should remember the so-called "5 Rs" of early education: reading with their children daily as fun family activity; rhyming, singing and cuddling with them throughout the day; establishing routines and regular times for meals and sleep; rewarding them for their efforts and successes to boost self-esteem; and developing relationships that are reciprocal, enduring and nurturing which are the foundation of healthy development. "Pediatricians are taking a stand to spread the news more widely that early shared reading is both fun and ultimately very rewarding," Dr. High said.


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Spotlight on Healthy Tomorrows Grantee: CHALK

Healthy Tomorrows Grantee's CHALK program (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids) received national recognition by Michelle Obama through her Let's Move! Active Schools initiative. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Division of Community-based Initiatives newsletter, Community Pediatrics E-News, features an interview with CHALK project leaders Andrea Hausel, MPH, RD, CDN and Dodi Meyer, MD, FAAP.

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Honoring T. Berry Brazelton, MD and his work with DBP Fellows

T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development. Author of over 200 scholarly papers, he has written over 40 books on pediatrics, child development, and parenting. Translated into more than 20 languages, these include the now classic Infants and Mothers, and the bestselling Touchpoints series. His groundbreaking Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) is now used... read more about Dr. Brazelton...


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Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, MPH, MSW

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MCH Workforce Development Center

Dorothy Cilenti is the Project Director of the new MCH Workforce Development Center, a cooperative agreement with Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of MCH Workforce Development. Dr. Cilenti is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health and Administrator of the NC Local Health Department Accreditation Program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill. Dorothy was previously the Local Health Director of Alamance and Chatham counties in North Carolina. She also served as Interim Health Director for the Orange County Health Department. Prior to working as a senior executive in local public health, she served as the Deputy Director of the NC Division of Public Health. She received her master’s in public health and social work from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1989. In 2009, she completed a doctoral program in Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.


Kennedy Krieger Institute
LEND Program

In recognition of national commitment to women, children and families, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Programs of Maryland hosted a luncheon and seminar on October 22, 2010 to commemorate Title V and the Social Security Act, and to pay special tribute to the memory of Dr. Vince Hutchins.


 

John Hopkins University
School of Public Health Program

In recognition of national commitment to women, children and families, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Programs of Maryland hosted a luncheon and seminar on October 22, 2010 to commemorate Title V and the Social Security Act, and to pay special tribute to the memory of Dr. Vince Hutchins.


University of Maryland, Baltimore
Social Work Program

In recognition of national commitment to women, children and families, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Programs of Maryland hosted a luncheon and seminar on October 22, 2010 to commemorate Title V and the Social Security Act, and to pay special tribute to the memory of Dr. Vince Hutchins.


John Hopkins University
LEAH Program

In recognition of national commitment to women, children and families, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Programs of Maryland hosted a luncheon and seminar on October 22, 2010 to commemorate Title V and the Social Security Act, and to pay special tribute to the memory of Dr. Vince Hutchins.


John Hopkins University
COR Program

In recognition of national commitment to women, children and families, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Programs of Maryland hosted a luncheon and seminar on October 22, 2010 to commemorate Title V and the Social Security Act, and to pay special tribute to the memory of Dr. Vince Hutchins.


Reflections From My DBP Fellowship Training

Neel Soares, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky, describes the rich educational experience provided by an innovated Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship Program supported by the MCHB Training Program.


Meet the UF PPC Program

Meet the trainees and fellows of the University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center MCH Training program. Their enthusiasm for training, clinical care and community involvement is truly inspiring. Watch this video. More on the UF PPC Funded Project.

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