Current Research Projects
Supporting Vulnerable Children in Pediatrics: Mitigating the Social Determinants of Health
Aim: To describe the distribution and correlation of adverse childhood experiences among parents and children in a general pediatric population, to examine the mediating role of specific parenting attitudes in the relation between parent and child adverse experiences, and to qualitatively explore parental perceptions of interventions to address childhood adversity within the pediatric health care setting.
Funded by Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center (Bradford Fellowship)
Addressing Behavioral Concerns (ABCs) for Young Children: Parenting Pearls by Primary Prevention
Aim: To determine the feasibility and acceptability of providing parent educational resources on preventing social-emotional problems in young children within a primary care pediatric setting.
Funded by Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation
Current Service Project
Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence (STYA)
STYA is a 5 year project funded by the New York State Department of Health through which the Division of General Pediatrics, in collaboration with three community-based agencies, Metro Council for Teen Potential, Society for the Protection and Care of Children, and Center for Youth, delivers services to children ages 9 to 12 years in the inner city of Rochester. This program is available, free, to children who reside in qualifying zip code zones of Rochester, and provides over 28 hours of adult-supervised programming to promote youth development.
During the school year, we offer after-school activities and adult-led discussion at 13 sites. Our available sites rotate throughout the school year, and many are affiliated with local recreation programs and schools.
During the summer, we offer activities programs and field trips at 3 sites.
Each year, we serve approximately 180 children in Rochester through this program which is designed to promote healthy youth development. This youth-development program relies on the generous donation of time and resources from our local community partners to provide field trips and activities. We are grateful to the generous support we have received in the past from both the Wilson Foundation and the Monroe County Medical Society, as well as an anonymous donor, which has enabled us to bring youth to activities such as swim lessons, museum trips, theater and local historical site outings, among many other recreational opportunities. We continue to work on promoting leadership among youth who “age out” of the core program, and to engage families as we promote healthy living principles among our local youth.