LPFCH Young Investigator Award Year I – CSHCN
To increase the number of academic pediatric faculty in California whose research focuses on the care of children with special health care needs, and increase attention to the care of children with special health care needs in pediatric training programs in California.
This grant was the first in a series to Stanford University to coordinate a statewide program to induce young academic pediatricians into a research career that focuses on system issues related to the care of children with special health care needs. The project follows in the successful model of young investigator awards offered through the Academic Pediatric Association in other research areas. An advisory committee of state and national experts on the care of children with chronic and complex health problems guided the project and participated in the selection of awardees. In this first year, eight preliminary applications were received from three of the state’s pediatric training programs and one award was given to an applicant from each of those programs, UCLA, UCSF and Stanford. These young investigators’ projects addressed the effect of medical homes on post-discharge utilization, transitioning care in inpatient settings, and educating residents on the care of children with special health care needs.