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Posted on Feb 09,2016

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine pediatric residents hosted a FACE Poverty Initiative in January in association with a national advocacy campaign sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees.

The FACE Poverty Initiative at All Children’s Hospital focuses on five points that impact families:

  • Food security
  • Access to health care
  • Community
  • Education
  • Empowerment 

After nearly four months of planning, the initiative at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine began with a pediatric grand rounds presentation on Friday, Jan. 22. Tina Cheng, M.D., director of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine and professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, spoke on adverse childhood experiences and how they relate to health as an adult. She also provided valuable insights on how care providers can address disparities in child health. Micki Thompson, executive director of 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, followed Dr. Cheng and provided a brief overview of services provided locally by the hotline.

The All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine residents continued the conversation on the following Monday as they led a week of events to inform and inspire staff on identifying children at or below poverty level and how to intervene with resources for those families. Groups of residents also brought the information directly to nurses and other front-line staff. In addition, employees, residents and physicians were encouraged to help spread the word by posting information on social media with the hashtag #AllEncountersMatter.

“Identifying the burden of poverty is not just between physicians and patients, it depends on every encounter,” explained second-year resident John Morrison, M.D. “No matter what their role in the organization, we want all staff to feel empowered.”

Throughout the week, information tables in the main hospital cafeteria addressed key points of the FACE Poverty initiative including how to recognize the burden of food insecurity and local resources available for patients and their families, barriers to receiving health care faced by many families, and the importance of early childhood literacy.

On Wednesday, a guest speaker from 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. spoke to a lunchtime crowd to discuss the burden of poverty in our community and resources that are available to families in need via the 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares local hotline.

The week concluded with a networking event in the hospital lobby that focused on empowering all hospital staff to make a difference in lives of families in poverty. Though the week of events may be over, the stand against poverty in our community is just beginning. If you would like more information on how you can help families in need, check out our resource guide.

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