Working with Community Partners to Improve Child Development and Health

Our aims are to:

  • Work with government agencies, schools, faith-based organizations, health providers and systems to address specific health problems
  • Promote participation in health research by under-represented groups through outreach, education and responsiveness
  • Address barriers in access to health care

Current Projects include:

  • Community Pediatrics Rotation
  • National Children’s Study
  • Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTRI)
  • Healthy Works
  • Network for a Healthy California
  • The Dental Health Initiative—Share the Care
  • San Diego Kids Health Assurance Network

PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

Community Pediatrics Rotation

Pediatricians and Community Collaborating Together (PACCT) is a pediatric residency-training program designed to develop pediatric professionals with greater skills and interests in community-based medicine and advocacy. The program was designed with the understanding that many issues affecting child well-being revolve around a number of societal factors such as violence, poverty, single-parent homes, teenage pregnancy, lack of access to health care, and inadequately funded schools.

It is because of these societal factors that the UCSD School of Medicine has collaborated with the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Department of Pediatrics, to expand and develop pediatric training in the community.

PACCT requires that all pediatric residents participate in a four week block rotation, which occurs in the first year of the training and consists of two weeks focusing on community pediatrics and two weeks focusing on child protection. Additionally, residents gain cultural experience through a series of cultural immersion days and film and theater nights.

Contact: Melanie Marshall, memarshall@ucsd.edu

National Children’s Study

San Diego is one of many sites around the nation involved in a NIH-funded stury of 100,000 children from pre-birth through age 20 years. As part of the study, childhood environmental exposures will be monitored. These include genetic, parent-child interaction, social, biological and chemical, nutritional, geographic, cultural, and family conditions. Outcomes of interest include: obesity, birth defects, prematurity, cerebral palsy, diabetes, mental retardation, learning disabilities, autism, cancer, schizophrenia. Investigators in the CDCH Division are involved in field data collection planning and oversight (Broyles), community outreach and engagement (Taras), and evaluation of recruitment and retention strategies (Broyles).

Project Dates: 2007-2012
Total Funds Granted: $210,624
Director: Christina Chambers, Ph.D., Division of Dysmorphology
CDCH Faculty: Shelia Broyles, Ph.D. slbroyles@ucsd.edu, Howard Taras, M.D. htaras@ucsd.edu
Contact: Howard Taras, M.D. 

Clinical and Translational Science Awards

1UL1RR031980-01 (PI, Firestein, Internal Medicine) The goal of this project is to more successfully translate basic science into clinical practice across many institutions across San Diego. Faculty from CDCH head up the community engagement programs for the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI). The CTRI encompasses School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Engineering (medical), clinical and health research programs at San Diego State University, Veterans Administration Hospital and Rady Children’s Hospital.

Project Dates: 2010-2015
Total Funds Granted: $300,000
Director: Gary Firestein, M.D., Internal Medicine
CDCH Faculty: Shelia Broyles, Ph.D. slbroyles@ucsd.edu, Howard Taras, M.D. htaras@ucsd.edu
Contact: Howard Taras, M.D.
Website:Clinical and Translational Science Awards

Healthy Works

Healthy Works is the San Diego County program of the national Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative, a $372 million federally funded project designed to combat illness associated with obesity and tobacco use, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the American Recovery and Investment Act.

The initiative will drive systems and environmental changes that lessen risk behaviors and improve health.

Project Dates: 2010-2012
Total Funds Granted: $4,083,522
Director: Michelle Zive, M.S., R.D.
Contact: Beverly Tuzin, M.P.H., R.D., Project Director btuzin@ucsd.edu(619) 243-5627 or Jennifer Chandler, M.S., Project Coordinator jchandler@ucsd.edu(619) 243-5303 
Website: Healthy Works

Network for a Healthy California

The Network for a Healthy California operates social marketing campaigns and programs designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity levels and food security among low-income families. The campaigns and programs include the Children's Power Play! Latino Campaign, African American Campaign, Retail Program, Physical Activity Integration, Worksite Program and San Diego Nutrition Network Collaborative (SDNN). SDNN works through nutrition education initiatives to address health inequities in the San Diego and Imperial region and to improve nutrition and physical activity behaviors, and to increase access to healthy foods among low-income residents, their families, and other community members.

Project Dates: 2008-2011
Total Funds Granted: $3,227,057
Director: Michelle Zive, M.S., R.D.
Contacts: Blanca Melendrez, M.S. 619-955-1041 
Website:http://www.cachampionsforchange.net/en/index.php

The Dental Health Initiative - Share the Care

This initiative is a public-private partnership between the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, the San Diego County Dental Society, and the San Diego County Dental Health Coalition. There are two main goals: to provide access to emergency dental care for children who qualify for the program, and to offer information and education to professionals, parents, and children to foster ongoing preventive dental care. Serving communities of San Diego County since 1994, Share the Care is primarily a grant-funded program. It has received recognition for its excellence by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

Project Dates: 2007-2011
Total Funds Granted: $1,140,000
Director: Howard Taras, M.D. 619-681-0665 
Contact: Elaine Pizzola, 619.692.8677
Website:Share the Care

San Diego Kids Health Assurance Network

Throughout the County of San Diego, this network provides outreach to parents of uninsured children, through community partner agencies, providing education on children’s preventive health, assessment of health coverage eligibility options for children’s access to care, assistance in applying to multiple low/no cost federal/state and non-profit health coverage programs, presentations/teachings on health access, use/retention of managed care. Evaluations of health coverage retention are also conducted.

Project Dates: 2002-2011
Total Funds Granted: $1,890,000
Director: Howard Taras, M.D.
Contact: Elaine Pizzola, 619.692.8677
Website:San Diego Kids Health Assurance Network

The Dental Health Initiative- Share the Care Project works with community partners to provide access to emergency dental care for children, and to offer information and education to the community to help foster ongoing preventive dental care.