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News From Our Programs Across Country

By Arturo Brito, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer & Executive Vice President, Children’s Health Fund

With 24 CHF programs in 16 states, it’s not surprising that there is a lot going on within our National Network. We thought our readers would love to hear some of the exciting things happening within our programs around the country. Enjoy!

The construction of the brand new Pediatric Center of Excellence at the Chiricahua Community Health Center, home of the Southern Arizona Children’s Health Project, has been completed and they expect to begin seeing children in early June. This new site will allow them to see more children and provide additional services, such as subspecialty care, helping to meet the complex needs of the many children with special health care needs living within their service area.

The New Jersey Children’s Health Project is currently coordinating an expansion into Camden, NJ, a city with a large homeless population and high crime rate.

The mental health team at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Children’s Health Project received a grant from BP last year and they have been using those funds for the development and implementation of a Peer Listening Program. They anticipate this program will be very useful for helping children cope with stress they experience around hurricane season and other natural disasters as well as the oil spill.

CHF’s Center for Community Health Technology (CCHT) recently trained the Baton Rouge Children’s Health Project to use eClinical Works, the electronic medical record that CHF uses and has developed content for. By all accounts, BRCHP staff is happy with their new EHR system and feel like it will improve their practice flow and allow for more research and publication opportunities. A special thank you to Sue Spalding (Medical Director, Dallas CHP) for joining CCHT as part of the training team.

Aaron E. Henry, home of the Mississippi Children's Health Project, recently added a 2,100 sq. ft. pediatric wing onto its main clinic in Clarksdale, MS. The wing includes five (5) spacious exam rooms, a newborn waiting area, two provide offices, lab, nurse’s station, front office and a spacious waiting room all decorated to be child-centric (I saw it a few weeks ago - it really is beautiful.)

The Mississippi Children’s Health Project also welcomed a new nurse practitioner, Lisa Bishop, to the clinic and on the mobile medical clinic in September 2010. Lisa has a great deal of experience in community medicine, having worked in hospital environments, head start agencies, college campuses and as a medical missionary volunteer in Togo, West Africa.

The NY Program's new Center for Child Health and Resiliency (CCHR) will open its doors next month, with a launch date of May 23. The focus of CCHR is the development of strategies for minimizing harmful psychological and biological effects of potentially toxic stressors facing many of our children. Stay tuned for more about this beautiful and much needed new space.

Are any of these programs in your state or city? Do you have questions about any of this news? Leave me your question below.