Family resiliency and early language: leveraging a public health lens with interactive-talk initiatives to improve child outcomes
Innovative birth-to-three initiatives are increasingly viewing early language and interactions through a public health lens, intentionally coupling social determinants of health with preventive support for families as a community benefit. A particular and growing focus in pediatric settings is Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Bringing in expert perspectives from medical practitioners in the field, this webinar explored how helping families to increase communication can help build family resiliency and protective factors.
During the webinar, we explored:
- Differing perspectives on how to take a public health approach with early childhood experiences
- Opportunities and challenges associated with broadening the scope of pediatric care
- What the hand-off to wrap-around supports for families can look like and lessons learned so far
Presenters Dr. Christopher Greeley and Dr. Jason Yaun described the work their healthcare institutions are doing in Houston and Memphis respectively, the nature of early-language and related initiatives, and the measurable results to date.
About Dr. Christopher Greeley
Christopher Greeley is chief of the Section of Public Health and Child Abuse Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is professor and vice-chair for Community Health in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1992 and completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. He is board certified in general pediatrics as well as child abuse pediatrics, and is a member of the AMA and the AAP.
About Dr. Jason Yaun
Dr. Jason Yaun is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the outpatient general pediatrics division chief and the medical director of the Pediatric Specialists General Pediatrics Clinic at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, which serves as the academic teaching practice for UTHSC. Dr. Yaun was born and raised in Memphis, completing medical school and residency training at the University of Tennessee before joining the faculty there. He is currently the vice president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Yaun is involved with education, clinical research, and advocacy. He has authored papers on improving vaccination rates, early literacy promotion in primary care, and currently has grant funding for ongoing work to research adverse childhood experiences. In the community he serves on the boards for Books from Birth Shelby County and Literacy Mid-South.