Pediatric Approach to Trauma, Treatment and Resilience Project

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Pediatric Approach to Trauma, Treatment and Resilience Project

In 2013, only 4% of pediatricians who responded to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Periodic Survey were familiar with childhood trauma. Yet, pediatricians are likely to be the first, and often only professionals who encounter the 68% of American children who have experienced trauma.

In response, the American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Pediatrics, with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is implementing a national educational program titled, Pediatric Approach to Trauma, Treatment and Resilience (PATTeR). PATTeR's primary goal is to educate pediatricians and pediatric health care professionals about childhood trauma to improve identification, care, management and outcomes of millions of traumatized children, via multiple AAP venues. The first series, AAP Traum​a and Resilience​ ECHO ​training will be implemented through the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Program​. ECHO utilizes both didactic and case-based video-training in which learners engage interactively over time with an expert panel to increase knowledge and skills to transform practice. By adapting PATTeR ECHO curriculum to multiple AAP educational venues, the AAP will create a trauma responsive leadership who will both implement practice change and promote the transformation of pediatrics to a trauma responsive system of care. In addition, ​PATTeR is developing Child Health Advice for Trauma (PATTeR CHAT), which includes brief anticipatory guidance, parent handouts, and other tools for pediatricians addressing various aspects of trauma. ​​

Project National Advisory Board 

Robert Block, MD, FAAP
Past-President, American Academy of Pediatrics

Renee Boynton Jarrett, MD, ScD, FAAP
Boston University School of Medicine

Susan Briner, MD, FAAP
Center for Youth Wellness

Judith Cohen, MD
Allegheny General Hospital

Denise Dowd, MD, MPH, FAAP
Children’s Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine

Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP
Early Brain & Child Development Workgroup 

Robert J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP
Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership, The Children’s Clinic

Neal Halfon, MD, MPH, FAAP
Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities,
Dept. of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Public Health

Mary Anne Herrick
Foster Care Alumni of America

Sheree Toth, PhD
University of Rochester
Mt. Hope Family Center​​

Project Team ​​

Moira Szilagyi, MD, FAAP
Project Investigator
Dept. of Pediatrics, University of California Los Angeles

Heather Forkey, MD, FAAP
Project Director
Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jessica Griffin, PsyD
Mental Health Expert
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Andrea Ocampo, MA
Project Manager
University of California Los Angeles

Moira Inkelas, PhD, MPH
Lead Evaluator
University of California Los Angeles

Mary A Crane, PhD, LSW
Manager, Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care 
American Academy of Pediatrics 

Tammy Piazza Hurley
Manager, Child Abuse and Neglect
American Academy of Pediatrics 

Zaneta Balaban
Program Manager, Pediatric Approach to Trauma, Treatment and Resilience|
American Academy of Pediatrics 

This project is supported by SAMHSA: National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative – Category II, Pediatric Approach to Trauma, Treatment and Resilience project, grant #1U79SM080001-01. ​

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