University of Hawai'i
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For Immediate Release:
February 7, 2001
Shawn Nakamoto, (808) 956-9095, University & Community Relations
University Of Hawai'i At Manoa's Department Of Pediatrics Awarded National Training Grant
HONOLULU-The Department of Pediatrics of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is one of six medical schools in the nation to have been awarded The Dyson Initiative - Pediatric Training in the Community grant. The purpose of the five-year, $2.5 million grant is to educate and train future pediatricians in community-based medicine and advocacy in order to enhance the health and well-being of children.
The Hawaii Dyson Initiative (HDI) will provide residents of the UH Integrated Pediatric Residency Program (UHIPRP) opportunities to participate in a newly developed training curriculum emphasizing an integrated, community-oriented, family-centered, and culturally sensitive model of care for the children of Hawai'i.
Through the HDI, pediatric residents will have community-based experiences in six core areas: school health; child and adolescent mental health; child welfare including child abuse and foster care; chronic illness care and children with special health care needs; early childhood; and adolescent health. Pediatric residents also will have opportunities to serve children in rural areas on the Neighbor Islands.
JABSOM faculty members Chris Derauf, M.D. and Louise Iwaishi, M.D, spearheaded the HDI proposal. The focus of their proposal is to expand community training experiences during residency in areas of community need, and to develop training partnerships with community-based organizations and others so that residents acquire the skills needed to improve and advocate for the health of the children in their community. The proposal also aims to form links with other departments and schools at the University of Hawaii such as the Department of Psychiatry, the Center on the Family, and the Schools of Nursing and Social Work.
"In Hawai'i, three of the most pressing health issues for children are child abuse and neglect, dental disease, and mental health and behavioral disorders," said Derauf. "Through the Dyson Initiative, we hope to not only train our pediatric residents to identify and provide services for children suffering from conditions like these, but to look at these issues as public health problems requiring community solutions."
According to Raul Rudoy, M.D., chair of the JABSOM Department of Pediatrics, "The HDI will enable our residents to work in the community with existing programs such as Head Start and the Department of Human Services to help them become better pediatricians. Our goal is to create pediatricians who can care for every aspect of a child's development and who are knowledgeable about the resources that are available for children and their families within our community."
"We've learned that there is a real need in the community to identify the numerous resources that are available to children and their families," said Iwaishi. "Many times, a child is referred to a program such as Zero-to-Three, but there's no continuum of care in terms of making sure that the child receives appropriate services. Often times parents will have to be resourceful in getting services for their child and that process can be daunting. We hope the Hawaii Dyson Initiative will result in pediatricians who are better equipped to address the physical and emotional needs of Hawaii's keiki."
"The Dyson Foundation funds only the best initiatives, and our Department of Pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine has been honored by being selected as one of six Dyson Initiative grantees across the nation. We are very proud to be supported by such a prestigious foundation. Credit must also be given to those community agencies that have partnered with the medical school on this including Family Voices, the Hawaii State Primary Care Association, Kapi'olani Health, and the Hawai'i State Departments of Health, Human Services, and Education. We are also grateful to the physicians, nurses and educators who developed the proposal, especially doctors Chris Derauf, Louise Iwaishi, Alice Tse and Sharon Taba," said Edward Cadman, M.D., dean of the JABSOM.
The Dyson Initiative Pediatric Training in the Community is the brainchild of Anne Dyson, M.D., a New York pediatrician and only daughter of Charles and Margaret Dyson, creators of The Dyson Foundation, a private grant making organization. The Dyson Foundation has granted more than $15 million to support pediatric training in the community. The goal of The Dyson Intiative in Pediatric Training in the Community is to develop a new generation of pediatricians with skills and knowledge of community-based medicine, advocacy and the capacity to improve the health of all children in their communities. Sadly, Dr. Dyson, who also served as president of The Dyson Foundation, past away last Fall shortly after the Inaugural Symposium for the six grantees.
According to Calvin Sia, M.D., a member of the Dyson Foundation Professional Advisory Committee and a local practicing pediatrician, "Over 65 institutions with pediatric residencies in the U.S. competed for this grant. To be selected as one of the top six programs in the country for community pediatrics training is quite an honor and distinction and the University of Hawai'i Department of Pediatrics faculty should be congratulated. As we begin the 21st century, child health problems will be focused more on the ambulatory, community settings rather than hospitals due to decreased childhood infectious diseases such as polio, whooping cough, measles and meningitis, changing physical environment, economic conditions, family structures, and other social psychosocial problems. The Dyson Initiative Pediatric Training in the Community will help our future pediatricians address these important issues."
The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) opened in 1967 as a two-year
program of basic medical sciences. It became a four-year degree-granting
program in 1973. The first class of 62 MD's graduated in 1975 and since
then nearly 1600 individuals have received their MD degrees from JABSOM.
Approximately 60% of practicing physicians in Hawai'i are graduates of the
MD program or one of its residency programs. JABSOM's mission is to teach
and train high-quality physicians, biomedical scientists, and allied health
workers for Hawai'i and the Pacific. Its major purpose is to provide an
opportunity for a medical education previously unavailable to residents
of Hawai'i and other Pacific nations.