Child Abuse SIG

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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 met on May 6th at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Toronto for our annual workshop.    This year's workshop was titled, "Caring for families affected by substance use: Ensuring child safety, health, and well being."

  • Dr. Jim Anderst (Children's Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri Kansas City) introduced the topic by summarizing recent pediatric-focused literature on the health and child maltreatment impacts of substance use. 
  • Dr. Kathyrn Wells (Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado) discussed pre- and post-natal drug screening, including universal and targeted approaches in the context of risk/benefit, limitations, and ethical considerations.  Dr. Wells also covered disparities in identification of substance exposed children based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.  Variability in mandated reporting laws was covered, as was strategies for working with child welfare. 
  • Dr. Jennifer Lowry (Children’s Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri Kansas City) reviewed the utility and limitations of different drug testing methodologies and the interpretation of test results
  • Drs. Davida Schiff (Mass General Hospital for Children, Harvard Medical School) and Eileen Costello (Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine) explored medical, developmental, psychosocial and safety needs of substance exposed children and their caregivers.  This includes barriers to optimal care and service delivery using standard healthcare methods.  Finally, a novel clinical strategy for providing a family centered approach to child and caregiver needs in the context of substance use was described.

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:  
Ray Helfer Society,  AAP Council on Child Abuse and Neglect  Academy on Violence and Abuse and  American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

Current SIG Co-Chairs:

James Anderst, MD
628 West 70th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64113
Phone: (816) 234-3424

Hiu-fai Fong, MD
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (857) 218-3232

Current SIG Mentor:

Cindy Christian, MD
34th Street and civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 590-2058




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