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Grant Title: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program

Project Director(s):

Robin Hansen
University of California, Davis
1850 Research Park Drive Suite 300
Davis, CA  95618-6153
Phone: 916-703-0235
Email: robin.hansen@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

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Problem:

A national survey of children's hospitals in January 2010 reveals that shortages in developmental behavioral pediatrics are adversely affecting patient care (Harris, 2010). According to the American Board of Pediatrics, fewer than one developmental behavioral pediatrician is available for every 100

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Recruit and train developmental behavioral pediatricians from diverse backgrounds to provide evidenced based, family centered, culturally competent and compassionate care. Goal 2: Train fellows to have the knowledge and leadership skills to collaborate effectively across disciplines and across systems of care in the provision of care and advocacy for children and families. Goal 3: Train fellows to have the knowledge, attitudes and leadership skills to evaluate, design, implement and disseminate advances in research and policy that will shape the future of developmental behavior Goal 4: Provide pediatric residents with the necessary developmental and behavioral knowledge, skill and experience to deliver developmentally informed, culturally appropriate pediatric care. Goal 5: Provide training opportunities to other health care providers such as medical students, community-based practitioners and allied health professionals to expand their knowledge and skills in providing Objective 1: Understand the developmental, behavioral and psychosocial needs of children and families on an individual as well as public policy level Objective 2: Skilled in collaborating across disciplines and systems of care at local, regional and national levels to provide and promote evidence-based, family centered, culturally competent and compassionate care Objective 3: Contribute to advancing knowledge in the prevention and treatment of developmental behavioral disorders through research and teaching

Methodology:

Interdisciplinary didactic, clinical, advocacy, and research activities are used to train fellows, pediatric residents, medical students, and community-based health professionals how to collaborate effectively to care for and advocate for children and families. Innovative strategies for expanding the use of technology in training are utilized. Specifically, we will: 1) Recruit and train developmental behavioral pediatricians from diverse backgrounds to provide evidenced based, family centered, culturally competent and compassionate care. 2) Train fellows to have the knowledge and leadership skills to collaborate effectively across disciplines and across systems of care in the provision of care and advocacy for children and families 3) Train fellows to evaluate, design, implement and disseminate advances in research and policy that will shape the future of developmental behavioral pediatrics 4) Train pediatric residents to deliver developmentally informed, culturally competent and compassionate pediatric care in the context of a medical home. 5) Provide training opportunities to other health care providers on the provision of developmentally appropriate care and effective advocacy for children and families.

Coordination:

Interdisciplinary training in research, clinical care and advocacy will utilize faculty from the UC Davis MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute and the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) as well as liaison faculty from the UC Davis Health System medical center campus, California State University Sacramento, and national, state, and community partnerships.

Evaluation:

Program implementation will be monitored through documentation and review of program activities and outputs. Expected short-term outcomes (years 1-5) include: 1) increased biopsychosocial knowledge and clinical expertise among trainees; 2) increased leadership skills among fellows; 3) increased knowledge and capacity of community practitioners; 4) increased capacity to address cultural and linguistic barriers to the delivery of health care to MCH populations; and 5) trainee satisfaction.

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