December 2018

Rethinking How Pediatrics Can Better Support Parents

As we at the TMW Center continue to think about ways the healthcare system can be leveraged to impact educational disparities, we’re thrilled to see others take on the same important mission. The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), a non-profit policy organization, has recently launched Pediatrics Supporting Parents, an initiative that aims to enhance the standard of care in pediatric well-child visits.

As part of the initiative, CSSP conducted a national search to identify promising evidence-based initiatives that focus on supporting the social and emotional well-being of young children and their parents.  Selected programs participate in CSSP-led site visits designed to reveal a 360-degree view of their work, including seeing the program in action, hearing from healthcare professionals and community partners, and understanding the family experience. In particular, CSSP researchers hope to learn more about effective strategies for advancing social and emotional well-being, how to adapt to community and population differences, and issues of scalability. CSSP will develop recommendations from the study findings and share them with stakeholders through a variety of medium.

With so many inspiring initiatives to choose from, the TMW Center is tremendously honored to have been nominated for a site visit. “CSSP’s work so beautifully aligns with our mission,” says Co-Director Dana Suskind.  “Healthcare providers are uniquely positioned to support families with vital information. Using science to inform this practice is profoundly important and we’re excited for the opportunity to contribute to the conversation.”