The Division of Child and Adolescent Health is dedicated to improving the health of children and adolescents in Northern Manhattan and to defining model programs for the care of high-risk children everywhere. We provide comprehensive clinical services and community health programs in partnership with the Ambulatory Care Network of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Campus, as well as conduct research and develop innovative programs.
The anchor clinical program is the General Pediatrics Group Practice (GPGP), a model faculty practice and the largest care provider to children in northern Manhattan. Established in 1978, GPGP has evolved into a fully integrated faculty and resident practice, staffed by more than 30 full-time faculty and 75 pediatric housestaff at four Hospital-based clinical sites in the Washington Heights community. We provide primary care to approximately 22,000 children, generating more than 68,000 visits per year. Through continuity clinics, ambulatory rotations and selectives at the practices, the Division trains medical students, residents and fellows in primary care pediatrics.
The Section of Adolescent Medicine supports several clinical programs for adolescents and training opportunities for students, residents and fellows, as well as research initiatives focused on improving the health of adolescents and young adults everywhere. Clinical programs include an academic adolescent medicine primary care practice, a large school-based health center system, a practice specifically geared to young men's health, a clinic for at-risk and HIV-positive youth, and an inpatient adolescent medicine consult service. Adolescent medicine-trained and board-certified faculty members supervise these clinical programs and the research, advocacy and training initiatives.
Other clinical services provided by the Division include the evaluation and treatment of children who have experienced child abuse or neglect. Both inpatient and outpatient services are provided by a multidisciplinary team, in collaboration with law enforcement and governmental agencies as needed. In addition, we provide evaluation and follow up for children with developmental delays and disabilities in both our community based practices and also through the Neonatal Follow-up Program. Finally, our General Pediatrics Hospitalist program provides family centered inpatient care to children with a range of diseases, from common, general pediatrics illnesses to complex medical conditions with multi-organ system involvement.
Our faculty are engaged in clinically-relevant research using quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Areas of interest include reducing health disparities and improving health delivery and outcomes; adolescent and young adult reproductive health; immunization uptake and safety; using health technology to improve care and increase access; obesity prevention and health promotion; and early childhood development.
In partnership with the Ambulatory Care Network of New York Presbyterian Hospital and with local community organizations and agencies, the Community Pediatrics group designs and implements population health initiatives that address major threats to children’s health, and provides training in community health and advocacy. Innovative programs include CHALK (Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids—a community and school based obesity prevention, health promotion program); WIN for Asthma (to reduce the burden of severe asthma in the community through a care coordination model using community health workers); Reach out and Read (to promote early literacy skills in conjunction with wellcare visits); and Lang Youth Medical Program (a pipeline program that prepares local middle and high school students for careers in biomedical science and medicine).