Child Abuse SIG

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SIG Description

The Child Abuse Pediatrics SIG provides opportunity for members to meet annually at the PAS meetings. We address cutting edge topics that are relevant to child abuse pediatricians, primary care providers, and other professionals who serve children and adolescents experiencing child maltreatment, sexual assault, family violence, and out of home placement as a result of these traumatic experiences.


Mission/Goals

The Child Abuse Pediatrics SIG goals are to:

  • Provide a forum for APA members to discuss clinical, research and advocacy issues pertaining to child maltreatment and other forms of family violence.
  • Offer an opportunity to network with other professionals with similar interests
  • Introduce other child health professionals to the fields of child maltreatment and family violence.
  • Collaborate with members of other national pediatrics organizations to disseminate information about child abuse pediatrics and evidence based practices.



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Annual Report

Co-chairs: 
Kristine Campbell, University of Utah
Cynthia DeLago, Einstein Medical Center

SIG purpose/mission:
To provide a forum for child health professionals that supports innovation in prevention, advocacy, policy, research, and education related to the care of children at risk for or impacted by child abuse or neglect.

Current SIG goals:
To provide an annual workshop that inspires participants to walk away with new perspectives on a challenging issue in child abuse pediatrics today.

Annual summary:
The Child Abuse and Neglect Special Interest Group convened in the final hours of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.  Despite finding ourselves in the waning hours of the conference, we had a great turnout, with at least 38 participants hailing from as close by as the University of Maryland and from as far away as New Zealand, Taiwan, and Denmark. 

This year's workshop was titled "Child Abuse Medicine: Past, Present, and Future."  We were honored to have 3 fantastic presenters address different perspectives on evolving and emerging research in child abuse pediatrics. 

  • Dr. Carol Berkowitz (Harbor-UCLA) started us off with a history lesson.  She highlighted examples in which excellence in research corrected long-held beliefs in child abuse pediatrics, drawing on the example physical findings in child sexual abuse.  She also reminded us of where good research has supported and strengthened what child abuse pediatricians have known for a long time, specifically the recent spike of attention being paid to the health impacts of childhood adversities and social determinants of health.
  • Dr. Chris Greeley (Texas Children's Hospital-Baylor) provided an overview of published research related to child abuse and neglect.  Since the 1950s, we have witnessed an evolution from purely observational descriptions of abuse towards larger multi-center cohort research studies.  This shift has allowed us to better understand the complex role of psychosocial factors in child abuse risk and recognition, and has supported more robust theoretical models of child abuse prevention efforts. 
  • Dr. Mary Clyde Pierce (Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital-Northwestern) finished off our session with a conversation about the need to continue to innovate in our research efforts to improve our ability to recognize and support children who have experienced abuse.  She emphasized the importance of inquisitiveness in the research process, and encouraged us to seek out opportunities to collaborate with researchers outside of our narrow field who may be interested in the challenge of applying established methods to a new field.

We ended with a series of questions from the audience.

Other groups that work in your area of interest:
While we are not actively working with other SIGs, we see ample opportunity for collaborating around the annual PAS workshop if other groups are interested.

Final words
Thanks to all who participated in our PAS workshop.  If you have any suggestions for topics next year, please contact Kris Campbell (kristine.campbell@hsc.utah.edu) or Cindy DeLago (DeLagoC@einstein.edu).  Also, we will be looking for energetic new chairs to join us in the next year-please let us know if you are interested.



July 2016 Newsletter Article

SIG Annual Report

Co-chairs: 
Kristine Campbell, University of Utah
Cynthia DeLago, Einstein Medical Center

SIG purpose/mission:
To provide a forum for child health professionals that supports innovation in prevention, advocacy, policy, research, and education related to the care of children at risk for or impacted by child abuse or neglect.

Current SIG goals:
To provide an annual workshop that inspires participants to walk away with new perspectives on a challenging issue in child abuse pediatrics today.

Annual summary:
The Child Abuse and Neglect Special Interest Group convened in the final hours of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.  Despite finding ourselves in the waning hours of the conference, we had a great turnout, with at least 38 participants hailing from as close by as the University of Maryland and from as far away as New Zealand, Taiwan, and Denmark. 

This year's workshop was titled "Child Abuse Medicine: Past, Present, and Future."  We were honored to have 3 fantastic presenters address different perspectives on evolving and emerging research in child abuse pediatrics. 

  • Dr. Carol Berkowitz (Harbor-UCLA) started us off with a history lesson.  She highlighted examples in which excellence in research corrected long-held beliefs in child abuse pediatrics, drawing on the example physical findings in child sexual abuse.  She also reminded us of where good research has supported and strengthened what child abuse pediatricians have known for a long time, specifically the recent spike of attention being paid to the health impacts of childhood adversities and social determinants of health.
  • Dr. Chris Greeley (Texas Children's Hospital-Baylor) provided an overview of published research related to child abuse and neglect.  Since the 1950s, we have witnessed an evolution from purely observational descriptions of abuse towards larger multi-center cohort research studies.  This shift has allowed us to better understand the complex role of psychosocial factors in child abuse risk and recognition, and has supported more robust theoretical models of child abuse prevention efforts. 
  • Dr. Mary Clyde Pierce (Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital—Northwestern) finished off our session with a conversation about the need to continue to innovate in our research efforts to improve our ability to recognize and support children who have experienced abuse.  She emphasized the importance of inquisitiveness in the research process, and encouraged us to seek out opportunities to collaborate with researchers outside of our narrow field who may be interested in the challenge of applying established methods to a new field.

We ended with a series of questions from the audience.

Other groups that work in your area of interest:
While we are not actively working with other SIGs, we see ample opportunity for collaborating around the annual PAS workshop if other groups are interested.

Final words
Thanks to all who participated in our PAS workshop.  If you have any suggestions for topics next year, please contact Kris Campbell (kristine.campbell@hsc.utah.edu) or Cindy DeLago (DeLagoC@einstein.edu).  Also, we will be looking for energetic new chairs to join us in the next year—please let us know if you are interested.

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:


Kristine Campbell, MD
665 Northcliffe Cir
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Phone: (801) 363-1039
kristine.campbell@hsc.utah.edu

Cynthia DeLago, MD, MPH
5501 Old York Road
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Phone: (215) 456-2042
delagoc@einstein.edu


 

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