The Pediatrics for an Equitable Developmental Start Learning Network aims to reduce inequities in childhood by increasing the number of young children receiving primary care-based interventions that promote healthy development, address unmet social and developmental needs, and strengthen families. 

The PEDS Network helps pediatric practices pursue these efforts by:

  • Improving understanding and raising awareness of child health equity in New York State and early childhood development’s influence on long-term health 

  • Supporting the sharing of promising practices across New York’s health care provider community and with health plans 

  • Launching a 15-month fellowship program to develop the next generation of leadership to strengthen pediatric primary care

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What is the PEDS Learning Network?

The PEDS Learning Network can help. The network was developed and designed to help child health champions deliver equitable primary care focused on early childhood development.

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Why focus on health equity?

Pediatric clinicians and staff are on the frontlines of working with young children and families, especially during early childhood. These early years help determine a child’s path toward—or away from—lifelong health and well-being. Clinicians can play a key role in advancing health equity by actively working to reduce the impacts of systemic discrimination and health care disparities, addressing parental stress, and providing interventions that promote optimal child development. 

New York has a long history of championing the needs of vulnerable populations and promoting access to care for children, with over 95% of the state’s children currently insured. It is now time for the state to become a leader in child health equity.

Click here to see slides from a presentation on health equity and pediatric care by Wilma Alvarado Little, Associate Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities Prevention. This presentation, “Engaging Our Communities: The Importance of Addressing Health Inequities Early in Life,” accompanied the launch of the PEDS Learning Network in September 2020.

PEDS Learning Network Fellowship
Applications open now

Early-career physicians, nursing professionals, behavioral health practitioners, and clinical social workers are eligible for this 15-month program. If you are passionate about improving health equity and early childhood development, we encourage you to apply. Participants receive mentorship, professional development opportunities, and a stipend to implement an equity-focused, child health project in their work. Download the brochure to learn more or apply online.

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PEDS Learning Collaborative Series #1
Hear and learn how race and racism affect children’s health!

Dr. Tiffani Johnson is a board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physician. Her work and research portfolio reflect her commitment to improving the quality of care for underserved children and is focused on race and racism and its impact on child health.

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PEDS Network Advisory Board

  • Rebecca Butterfield, MD, Albany Medical Center
  • Maja Castillo, MD, Assistant Vice President, Medical Director–Partnerships, Healthfirst 
  • Benard Dreyer, MD, Immediate Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, and Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, NYU Langone Health; and Director, Pediatrics, Bellevue Hospital Center, NYC Health + Hospitals
  • Elizabeth A. Isakson, MD, FAAP, Executive Director, Docs for Tots
  • Lisa Handwerker, MD, Medical Director, Children’s Aid Society
  • Jeffrey Kaczorowski, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester; Senior Advisor, The Children’s Agenda
  • Tonia Spence, MSW, Senior Director of Early Childhood Services, The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
  • Euphemia Strauchn, Executive Director, Families on the Move

PEDS Network Project Staff 

  • Hillary Browne, Administrative Assistant
  • Susan Olivera, Senior Program Manager
  • Lee Partridge, Senior Fellow