Understanding & Addressing Child Trauma

Doctors gathered together looking at a chart

The Collaborative Problem-Solving model (CPS) emphasizes “children do well because they can.” This contrasts with the more common belief that “children do well because they want to” (Massachusetts General Hospital, 2021). When this model was first introduced to me as a Mental Health Specialist (MHS), I did not understand the importance of these words. It […]

Grant to Provide Transportation

Man with phone in ride share program greeting passenger

The Child Health Equity Center is excited to announce a grant received from the CVS Health Foundation Hometown Fund. This grant will support our work to promote transportation for pediatric patients at UMass Memorial’s Children’s Medical Center.  Transportation to medical appointments can be difficult for families without access to a car or money for gas. […]

Preterm Birth

Tiny baby foot in the NICU

$26 billion. You can purchase a lot with $26 billion: 74 billion twinkies, 108,565 average sedans, or 26 billion cans of Arizona Iced Tea. For Americans, $26 billion is the amount of money spent annually on preterm birth. Many factors go into having a preterm birth, such as genetics, prenatal care, and environmental conditions. But […]

Training Pediatricians to be Trauma-Responsive

Training Pediatricians to be Trauma-Responsive

Heather Forkey, MD, Child Health Equity Center Core Faculty, and colleagues recently published findings from implementing an adapted national evidence-informed childhood trauma and resilience promotion curriculum. Despite the high prevalence of childhood trauma, a majority of physicians report a gap in knowledge concerning trauma identification and response.1.2 Educating future pediatricians to be trauma-responsive providers is […]

Redlining and Home Ownership

Redlining drawn out map with neighborhoods

I want you to imagine where you live. Do you live in a house, an apartment, or a studio? How many people live with you? Are there enough rooms for them? Do multiple generations live in your home? Did you buy your home, or are you renting? Do you have a front yard, a backyard, […]

Examining Climate Change

Happy kid blowing bubbles in school garden.

Examining Climate Change as a Social Determinant of Health and Strategies to Address It An article published in 2020, “Climate Change as a Social Determinant of Health” by Maya I. Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS; Lucy E. Marcil, MD, MPH; and Arvin Garg, MD, MPH, highlights the urgent and critical need to define climate change as […]

Child Health Equity Community Summit

The Child Health Equity Center is hosting the first annual Child Health Equity Community Summit from May 25–26, 2022. The summit is an in-person event. Its purpose is to address the root causes of health inequities and bring together child health equity stakeholders from throughout the region to discuss the threats to child health in […]

Racial Disparities in Human Milk Consumption Among Very Low Birth Weight Infants

Meg Parker, MD, MPH, Child Health Equity Center Core Faculty, and colleagues recently published findings from a study of nearly 350,000 very low birth weight (VLBW) infants that revealed an 8% increase in provision of human milk at hospital discharge over the 10-year study period; however, gains were smaller and disparities widened among non-Hispanic Black […]