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Caring for Our Most Vulnerable Children: A Resource for Healthcare Professionals

About This Curriculum

The goal of this curriculum is to enable healthcare professionals to better serve special community-based pediatric populations. According to the Anne E. Dyson Community Pediatrics Training Initiative Curriculum Committee, these special populations are:

  • Adolescents
  • Homeless Youth
  • Children and Youth Exposed to Violence
  • Kids with Chronic Medical Conditions in High Risk Populations
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Children in Out of Home Care.

The nuances of caring for each of these populations will be presented by a topic expert pediatrician from Children's Health Fund's national network (instructor bios will be included throughout the curriculum). Additional resources, proposed activities to enhance your skills and experience, and case studies or patient stories will also be provided.

The content is in the form of interactive presentations recorded by expert instructors, resources, suggested activities, and videos.

In addition, you will find additional short video content on topics that were deemed as most relevant or useful for day-to-day practice, according to feedback from test groups of medical residents. These topics include:

  • ‘Ask a Pediatrician’ FAQ series: Personal advice and strategies from pediatricians working in underserved areas (e.g. on creating rapport, navigating cultural differences, engaging patients with high risk behavior, etc.)
  • How to use the ACEs screener
  • How to utilize medical-legal partnerships to help serve unaccompanied immigrant minors
  • Quality improvement
  • Health barriers to learning
  • Demos modeling patient-physician interactions

Target Learners

The target audience is healthcare professionals (medical residents, in particular) although we hope this content is useful for anyone who works with special populations of children.

Course Structure

This curriculum is made up of of 6 main modules, each covering a special community-based pediatric population. You may complete the modules in any order you would like. Each of these main modules includes:

  • Interactive presentations recorded by subject-matter experts
  • Resources
  • Suggested activities
  • Post-test
  • A short evaluation survey

In order to receive a Certificate of Completion for the curriculum, you must work through all 6 main modules and successfully complete ALL 6 post-tests. You must score at least 80% on each post-test in order to pass. You may re-take each post-test, if needed.

This curriculum also includes supplementary modules designed to further your learning. We strongly suggest that you work through these valuable resources, even though they are not required in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

We recognize that healthcare professionals are very busy people! This curriculum is intended to be modular, where learners can access just the topic sections that are useful or interesting to them. Learners can log in and out periodically to access different sections as their schedules permit.