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“The greatest predictor of a child’s health should not be his or her zip code.”
Statistics about 3 social programs at BMC

BMC Pediatrics in particular is home to some of the world's most important and widely disseminated care innovations including Reach Out and Read, Medical-Legal Partnership and Health Leads. That is why BMC is uniquely positioned to be on the forefront of designing and implementing new models of care that meet the complex health and social needs of urban children and their families. Boston Medical Center (BMC) has a long and successful history of caring for the city’s most vulnerable patients. In a city that is the epicenter for training and delivery of world-class innovative health care, BMC is the largest safety net hospital in New England.  As such, BMC has long recognized that an individual’s economic status, education level, access to good schools, secure housing, food, and so much more can impact health.  That's why for more than 100 years, whether caring for newborns, children, or adults, the hospital’s clinical teams have focused not only on the medical needs of each patient, but also on the social needs.  

In 2016, BMC Pediatrics launched the Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family, to revolutionize the model of care for pediatric patients and their families, standing at the epicenter of clinical care, research, and the community.


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Center For The Urban Child and Healthy Family Leadership Team

Megan H Bair-Merritt
Executive Director


Melissa Gillooly
Administrative Director


Carey Howard
Program Director


Caroline Kistin
Deputy Director


Anita Morris
Deputy Director of Practice Transformation


Chris Sheldrick
Deputy Director of Data Analytics and Processes


Bob Vinci
Pediatrics Department Chair


Practice of the Future Clinical Innovation Team





Louxandra Clark

Lupita Estela
Community Wellness Advocate

Mitsouka Exantus
Community Wellness Advocate

Cyndie Hatcher

Kandice Pina
Practice Coordinator

Sara Stulac

Rosie Wilder
Practice Coordinator

Research and Evaluation Team

Katie Edson
Research Assistant

Ajaycia Jackson
Research Assistant

Miriam Kamens
Research and Evaluation Coordinator

Michelle Stransky
Research Scientist

Lexie Van Waess
Research Assistant

Family Advisory Board

Shay Simmons, Parent Liaison

April Alston

Jennifer Cotard

Maisha Harley

Soraya Harley

Afeisha Henry-Renne

Chatoya Lawson

Evelyn Lilly

National Advisory Board

Tina Cheng, MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Chair, Leadership Workgroup on Early Brain and Child Development
American Academy of Pediatrics

Angelo Peter Giardino, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President/Chief Quality Officer
Texas Children's Hospital

Joyce M. Lee, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center

Joshua Sharfstein, MD
Associate Dean, Public Health Practice and Training
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

Benjamin Siegel, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Jason Wang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Stanford University

Barry Zuckerman, MD
Joel and Barbara Professor of Pediatrics
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Recursos del Paciente

Recursos del Proveedor

Información Adicional

Pediatric Practice of the Future

“The greatest predictor of a child’s health should not be his or her zip code.”

Pediatric care represents a tremendous opportunity to improve children’s health and well-being—infants come to primary care 6 times in the first year of life alone, and pediatric providers develop longitudinal relationships with families. But to best care for children and families, we must re-design our care delivery to actively partner both other health care providers (like adult medicine, obstetrics-gynecology and psychiatry), educators and community organizations; develop novel programs; and bring the best of existing evidence into our daily practice.

The Center, in collaboration with BMC Pediatrics Primary Care is creating the Pediatric Practice of the Future that:

  • Empowers families to define their health priorities and design their own care
  • Provides care to the family
  • Provides new opportunities to promote social and emotional child health
  • Develops deeper community partnerships
  • Leverages technology to provide flexible care options and facilitate communication
  • Re-thinks the composition and roles of care team members

Healthy and Ready to Learn by 5

The Center has set a goal that by 2028, all children seen in BMC Pediatrics will be healthy, ready to learn, with adequate support to thrive by age five. Focus on this age group enables:

  • Emphasis on bi-generational wellness
  • Connection with other child serving agencies
  • Focus on formational time for life course health
  • National momentum within Medicaid around early childhood and school readiness
  • Sector with most reach during this time period
  • Investment in early childhood promotes health across the life course

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