BronxCare Health System’s Pediatric Infectious Disease Division has successfully utilized a family-centered approach, where children, their parents, and siblings receive medical treatment, case management, education, and other supportive services. Grant funding has provided opportunities to implement new treatment protocols. Infectious disease specialists, through the Travel Clinic, are also addressing the needs of patients traveling to, as well as emigrating from other countries. Zika has become an area of increasing concern and is being addressed at the treatment and research level. The Division of Infectious Disease received two major grants in 2015. A New York State AIDS Institute Adolescent/Young Adult HIV Specialized Care Center Grant Award is providing $1.9 million over five years to ensure that children from the community with HIV/AIDS receive the care needed to treat infection. A National Institute of Child Health and Human Development IMPAACT (International Maternal, Pediatric and Adolescent Clinical Trials) group Grant Award is also providing $1.9 million over five years to increase the number of adolescents being tested for HIV.
Pediatric Residents continue to have a strong presence, in terms of quality of care provided to patients, as well as research projects presented at national meetings and in numerous publications. A collaborative effort with the Lehman College School of Social Work, through a grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, offers these residents an improved understanding of chemical dependency problems.
A teen violence prevention project involving local actors from the Life Family Theater presented scenarios to teenagers that could result in violence. Teens were then invited to participate in a dialogue to discuss how to safely respond and avoid such situations. Presentations took place in schools, community based organizations, and at BronxCare Health System.
“Children are the future, and our job at BronxCare Health System is to help the children and adolescents we care for have a future.”
Among the Department of Pediatrics’ other initiatives are its community outreach efforts at health fairs, as well as connecting physician partners through continuing medical education. “Reach Out and Read” programs are also in place, with over 5,500 books given to children in 2015.