Understanding & Addressing Child Trauma

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Addressing Social Determinants of Health in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

A sleeping newborn baby lays on its back in a tank for jaundice treatment

New research led by Meg Parker, MD, MPH, Child Health Equity Center Core Faculty, found that Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) across the U.S. are inconsistent in how they address adverse social determinants of health among patients and families and that few NICUs are actively screening for social determinants of health.    Study of Social Determinants […]

Reducing Barriers to Care to Increase Access to Well-Child Visits

Smiling woman holding a baby talking with a doctor in an office

Child Health Equity Center Core Faculty members Arvin Garg, MD, MPH, and Alison LeBlanc, MS, PMP, recently co-authored with colleagues an article that promotes adherence to well-child visits within the UMass Memorial Health safety-net healthcare system. This project was the first recipient of the Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare […]

Improving the Family Experience for Hospitalized Children with Autism

A recent article, Recommendations for Improving the Family Experience for Hospitalized Children With Autism, co-authored by Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD, MPH, Child Health Equity Center Core Faculty, provides recommendations on how to improve communication between children with autism, their families, and their physicians. Because effective communication is essential to providing quality healthcare, these recommendations have the […]