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Digital Health in Pediatrics

May 3, 2019

Mental illnesses are associated with a large disease burden with increased morbidity, mortality, and financial costs. In the United States, three of the leading illnesses associated with pediatric disease burden are psychiatric (depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia). Psychiatric illness in children and adolescents is a key risk factor for completed suicide. Approximately half the adults with mental illness received the diagnosis before age 15. At least 1 in 10 children require mental health services. Most youngsters do not receive them….

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Running my first Marathon in Honor of Paul Farmer

March 27, 2018

Dear friends,

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! In less than two weeks, I will be running my first marathon and doing so in honor of Partners in Health and Paul Farmer for giving me the courage to believe in myself and pursue my dream of contributing to social science by researching ways in which to translate human goodness into metrics that sharpen our perspective of human compassion and kindness.

When Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl first travelled to Haiti, a country said to be “the poorest on earth,”…

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The Effects of the Medical and Behavioral Integration Initiative

February 17, 2017

The positive effects of integrated medical and behavioral health care are confirmed by an ever growing body of evidence. The literature claims that effective integration has the potential to improve patient health and significantly lower costs. Yet it offers few practical tips for start-ups. Is integrated care feasible only for well-funded practices with unlimited academic support? Ample resources and support do help, but in certain situations it is not the dearth of resources, but rather the dearth of imagination that limits robust growth in health care….

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How the love for reading books can save babies in Siberia. Students at McKinley Elementary know the answer.

September 22, 2016

JP Licks is donating part of the proceeds to the “Protecting Newborns agains HIV in Russia”, a program currently underway in Siberia, endorsed by Partners in Health.

Partners in Health is a global leader in development of global health care. “Global health is key to global order and security” (“Better Health for poor women and children will strengthen global security”, The Hill, July 26, 2016, written by Partners in Health CEO, Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Gary L. Gottlieb)….

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The Social Determinants of Health (SDH) in the Context of Recent Challenges at the McKinley Elementary School in Boston

August 9, 2016

This blog discusses the social determinants of health (SDH) in the context of recent challenges at the McKinley Elementary School in Boston.

We live in an exciting time of great scientific discoveries that have finally reached clinical practice and key public health stakeholders This year the Center for Disease Control (CDC) within the office of Public Health Genomics is undergoing a new round of reviews and analyses of its programs by stakeholders.

Child psychiatrists are actively trying to translate new knowledge into action….

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Blog on efforts on Scaling Down of Orphanage Care

July 18, 2016

“I was hearing your heart beating across the road.”1

The aim of my blog is to stress the importance of making “continuum of care” a core goal in any child welfare system by re-visiting the topic of child abandonment and orphanhood.

According to UNICEF, at least 2.2. million children around the world live in orphanages. Despite global initiatives and government policies to deal with the problem, the number of children living in orphanages appears to be on the rise….

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Improving the Education in Psychiatry Experience in Medical School

June 20, 2016

On May 25th 2016, the Russian Federation Ministry of Health, Moscow Health Department, and the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology of Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University (RNRMU) held the first All-Russian scientific conference with international participants: “The University Clinic of Psychiatry: Alliance of Science and Practice.” The Conference was devoted to the 110th anniversary of RNRMU and the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology.

As the Organizing Committee of the conference explains:

“University Clinics have made important discoveries in the field of practical and fundamental medicine as well as formed progressive ethical and social norms.” Topics covered included history, research, the clinical challenges of modern practice, social aspects of the reform era, and questions related to education….

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SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day May 5, 2016, Washington, DC

June 6, 2016

Finding Help. Finding Hope.

This is about our children—so often overlooked or underfunded in healthcare budgets, a bright and hopeful moment that deserves notice. It also serves to remind us of how much work remains. In our nation there are 75 million children and teens. Every year, one out of every five children requires professional psychiatric attention.

On May 5th, “The Heroes of Hope” (clinicians, educators, parents, youth law reinforcement officials) united in Washington DC to turn up the volume on the national dialogue about children’s mental health….

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