Vision and Goals
Division Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide excellence in patient care, research, education and service especially as related to developmental and behavioral problems in children and to child health disparities. We strive to accomplish our mission while embracing the core values of community, family, respect, responsibility, and diversity.
The Division of Child Development and Community Health (CDCH) was developed, under the leadership of Dr. Haddad. He recruited Sheila Gahagan, developmental-behavioral pediatrician and epidemiologist from the University of Michigan to lead the new division. She began on January 1, 2009, and is the Martin T. Stein Endowed Chair holder in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. This new unit brings together Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (formerly in General Pediatrics) and the Division of Community Pediatrics, and is comprised of two sections: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and the Pediatric Center for Community Health.
The Division of Child Development and Community Health (CDCH) includes faculty and staff at the following locations:
- City Heights Center: 4305 University Ave, Suite 510 & 590, San Diego, CA, 92105
- San Diego County: 3851 Rosecrans St., San Diego, CA 92110
- Rady Children’s Hospital Developmental-Behavioral Clinics: 7920 Frost Street, Suite 200 San Diego, CA 92123
The primary goal of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at UCSD is to provide outstanding evidence-based developmental-behavioral pediatric education to medical students, residents and fellows. The 3 subspecialty board certified developmental-behavioral pediatricians have expertise in a broad range of problems from infancy through adolescence. Our clinical practice is designed to give our trainees broad clinical experience in our specialty. In addition, we are involved in disseminating best clinical practices to child health providers through regular publication of “Challenging Cases” in The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Our secondary goal is to develop strategies to improve access to Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric care by developing new systems of care involving primary care physicians, and other developmental specialists. Our third goal is to advance the science in our field through collaborative research.
Center for Community Health
The Center for Community Health promotes evidence-based health practices at the community level. We achieve this goal largely through translational research, translating advances from basic science and clinical research into the community. Changes in health outcomes can only occur when we take community systems into account including how populations accept and integrate new health information, preventive efforts and treatment. Violence prevention, obesity prevention and intervention, evidence-based asthma management, and immunization delivery all serve as examples of health issues with research-proven preventive strategies. However, these strategies all too often remain absent or poorly accepted in community settings. For example, many at-risk children lack access to the latest research-proven programs. We invite you to view a list of our current research projects.
Faculty and staff at the UCSD Pediatric Center for Community Health work in multiple settings including our research center in City Heights, at the San Diego County Health Department or in the field. The Center for Community Health reaches many traditionally medically underserved populations of children and youths and their families. In addition, we educate researchers, clinicians, pediatric residents, and students (undergraduate, graduate, and medical) to ensure successful community involvement. Activities take place in a variety of settings such as clinical practices, schools, family resource centers, Women Infants and Children (WIC) sites, child care settings (including Head Start), and other community-based organizations that serve diverse populations. The Center for Community Health leads local programs as well as programs that operate nationally and internationally. Many projects have received national recognition for innovation, such as some of our community-based projects: Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Network for a Healthy California-San Diego & Imperial County, Dental Health Initiative, Kids Health Assurance Network.
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