The 2022 Summit is a collaboration between the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Episcopal Health Foundation, the St. David’s Foundation, The University of Texas System, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.
The 2022 Pediatric Brain Health was held virtually on Crowdcast. The theme for the 2022 summit was “Working Together to Support Relational Health in Families”.
Mandated Reporting Versus Mandated Supporting
Presenters: Sasha Rasco, MPA; Christopher Greeley, MD, MS, FAAP; Stephen Black, MA
The majority of child maltreatment cases are due to neglect, and infants and toddlers are most vulnerable. Mandatory reporting is not enough to help families. Families need support, resources, and warm handoffs to care. Pediatricians and their staff can be part of the solution by applying a therapeutic mindset and connecting families to upstream supports and evidence-based interventions:
The Role of Pediatrics in Promoting Safe Stable Nurturing Environments
Presenter: David Willis, MD, FAAP
Early relationships shape the well-being of children and caregivers. Ways pediatricians and their staff can help build the resilience capacity of families include:
Building the Ecosystem to Take the Science of the Positive to Scale
Presenter: Christina Bethell, PhD
Promoting the parent/child connection can have a profound impact on health. It is through difficult experiences that people generate positive experiences (e.g., feeling able to talk to your family about your feelings, feeling like your family stood by you during difficult times). The Well Visit Planner helps families plan ahead for visits, store information, and access educational resources by working in partnership with their healthcare providers to reflect on what is going well, identify concerns, assess a child’s healthy development, and prioritize what to discuss during visits.
Healthy Communities and Thriving Families: Role of Pediatrics
Presenter: Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD
Chronic stressors over time tax the body and wear down resilience; whereas positive childhood experiences sustain supportive relationships, build social and emotional competencies, and create resilience. Through cross-sector engagement, and by listening to families in small groups, healthcare providers can break down silos, redesign their healthcare practices and build community capacity. For example, the Vital Village Networks align prevention efforts across sectors and engage community supports to improve family and community wellbeing.
Optimizing and Supporting Food Bank/Healthcare Partnerships in Texas
Presenter: Eileen Nehme, PhD; Natalie Poulos, PhD; Nedra Hotchkins, M.Ed
Twenty percent of Texas children identify as food insecure. Food insecurity is tied to a host of child health outcomes as well as increasing caregiver stress. Healthcare providers can reduce the effects of food insecurity through the following strategies:
Help Me Grow Initiative
Presenter: Alexandra Goldberg, Ed.D; Laura Kender, MS
Help Me Grow (HMG) is a system to help families and healthcare providers access information and resources to support healthy child development, including issues with developmental delays. HMG launched in Texas in 2020, is coordinated through the Department of State Health Services, and is available in specific regions with plans for expansion.
The Pediatric Brain Health Summit is part of the pediatric brain health initiative, a multi-sector, multi-agency collaboration focused on the prenatal to three-year-old developmental window. The purpose of the initiative is to use the current science on pediatric brain development to help inform and support programs that promote community resilience and optimal development in Texas’ children.