by ChrisAnna Mink M.D.
Harbor-UCLA Department of Pediatrics residents have joined the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) FACE Poverty campaign with collecting personal care items for low-income children. They have partnered with Community’s Child, a non-profit organization located in Lomita that provides safe living environments, training and education for homeless women and their children.
Nearly 20% of children live in poverty in U.S., and that rate is even higher in some communities surrounding Harbor. Childhood poverty has negative consequences for health, academic achievement and overall well-being for those afflicted. Recognizing the profound effects of poverty, the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) chose to focus on the issue with its annual advocacy campaign, called FACE Poverty.
The four components of the campaign include:
National Foster Care Month is a time to recognize the role each of us plays in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is "Building Blocks to Permanent Families." The Children's Bureau's National Foster Care Month website provides resources that highlight a variety of practices and approaches you can use to support permanence through reunification, kinship care, guardianship, and adoption for children and youth in foster care and their families.
The following resources offer youth, caregivers and professionals information about each of the building blocks to support efforts to strengthen families throughout the permanence process:
- Engaging families in case planning
- Enriching caseworker and family visits
- Supporting families and caregivers through services
- Building family and community connections
- Enhancing well-being for children, youth, and families
- Strengthening families through permanence
Dr. Carol Brown and Dr. Basil Ibe at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students - 11/13/2012
This past week saw Dr. Carol Brown, M.D. (Division of Neonatology) and Dr. Basil Ibe, Ph.D. (Division of Neonatology) representing Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics at the ABRCMS meeting in San Jose, California. Held each year ABRCMS is the largest annual gathering for minority students engaged in biomedical, behavioral, or mathematics research. Dr. Ibe moderated the session on physiology for the conference, and Dr. Carol Brown manned the Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics booth with Dr. Patricia Dickson (Division of Medical Genetics).
Dr. Julie Noble, Professor of Pediatrics, has developed a "mini medical school" in cooperation with Meyler Street Elementary School in Torrance. The "mini medical school" program began last year when Dr. Noble was asked to establish a teaching curriculum for fourth and fifth grade high-achieving students.
Gangadarshni Chandramohan, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, will be helping to raise money to fight kidney disease at the 2012 National Kidney Walk. Lend your support by walking or donating to the National Kidney Foundation:
L.A. Kidney Walk
October 21, 2012 @ 9 a.m.
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Carol Berkowitz, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.E.P., lead investigator at LA BioMed and Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, has been at the helm of LA BioMed’s “Failure to Thrive” program and clinic for more than 30 years. “Failure to Thrive” (FTT) is a term commonly used to refer to children who are unable to gain weight and grow (within normal range) as expected, and who have a weight that is below the normal growth chart (the 5th percentile) for their age.
Don't miss the Pediatrics Grand Rounds Conference tomorrow, Thursday, 4/5/12 at 8:30 a.m. in the Parlow Library. Gina Jansheski, M.D., will be speaking on "The Painted Turtle: An Experience with Healing Potential."
Dr. Jansheski is the Medical Director of The Painted Turtle, one of Paul Newman’s family of Hole in the Wall Camps for seriously ill children. Located in the town of Lake Hughes, in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, it is the only multi-disease camp and family care center of its kind on the West Coast. Through educational, therapeutic, safe, and fun summer camp and year-round programs, The Painted Turtle provides a life-changing experience to children whose daily struggles often diminish both their desire to be well and their ability to lead rich, productive lives.
Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Resident Shom Dasgupta, M.D., Publishes Paper on NGOs in Guatemala - 03/08/2012
Dr. Shom Dasgupta is a second year resident in the Department of Pediatrics. Since 2007, Dr. Dasgupta has served as a fieldworker and staff physician for the non-profit organization Wuqu' Kawoq, which focuses on healthcare, language revitalization, clean water, and the treatment of malnutrition in Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Recently Dasgupta published an article based on his experience working with Wuqu' Kawoq. As the senior author of "Beyond Development": A Critical Appraisal of the Emergence of Small Health Care Non-Governmental Organizations in Rural Guatemala, Dasgupta examines the contributions of NGOs to health care as well as the problems caused by a proliferation of NGOs with overlapping efforts and different policies.
The 62nd Annual Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair is set for March 29-31, 2012. Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics faculty member Dr. Kenneth Zangwill has been a judge and a supporter of the fair for several years.
Join Dr. Zangwill in encouraging young adults to pursue careers in science by judging at the Los Angeles County Science Fair, the longest running regional science fair in the western United States. A rewarding experience for both scientists and science students in Southern California, this mentorship opportunity is open to engineers, researchers, physicians, teachers, and other enthusiasts with science knowledge. Watch this great video to see what it's all about.
Judging only requires a one-day commitment: Friday, March 30 (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.).
Dr. Lance Sieger, You’ve Got Mail! Former Patient Says “Thanks for Saving My Life, I’m Becoming a Doc.” - 01/12/2012
Lance Sieger, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics and the former Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Harbor-UCLA. A well-known figure on campus, Dr. Sieger has worked at Harbor for many years. With a warm smile and a cheerful attitude, Sieger is an upbeat and friendly guy with a tough job. He specializes in treating children with devastating cancers and blood disorders like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle-cell anemia.
In October 2011, Sieger received a remarkable email. The note concerned a letter from a medical student at nearby Charles R. Drew University of Medicine, a young man named Hai Hoang. Hai had asked for help tracking down Sieger to deliver an important message.