International Children’s Day: Caring for the youngest among us

June 1, 2021

By: Samantha McPharlin, M.D.

International Children’s Day (celebrated on June 1) and World Children’s Day (November 20) were created in the 1950’s to honor children and to think about how we protect and nurture the youngest members of society. These are days when policy makers the world over consider how to promote education, child care and other pediatric services – and when organizations like UNICEF raise awareness and funds to help kids in need.

At Wayne Health, we know that children’s welfare is intrinsically derived from the health of their families and community. Children at Wayne Health are cared for by Family Medicine doctors – physicians who are board certified in Family Medicine, a specialty that focuses on the family as a whole. We treat kids with the understanding that children aren’t raised in a bubble. It is well known that healthy kids are raised by parents who model healthy habits, and in communities that prioritize their safety and education.

Some of Wayne Health’s services for children include newborn visits, well-child checks, vaccines, sports physicals, acute sick visits and hospital follow-ups. Children can be seen by the same doctor who cares for their parents, and we commonly do dual visits where both are seen at the same time. We are also pleased to offer COVID-19 vaccines to kids ages 12 and up through our Wayne Health Mobile Unit.

Wayne Health providers are constantly working to make health care and the community a better place for children and teens. At the Wayne State University 2021 Research Day for Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, our faculty, residents, trainees and students showcased their outstanding academic work, including the following poster presentations:

  • The Association Between Neonatal Adverse Events With Length Of Stay In The NICU: A Race Matter? (Joanna Maniadaki, Liying Zhang, Ph.D., M.D., James Janisse, Ph.D., Jeffrey Lawrence Schnipper, M.D., MPH, Dennis Tsilimingras, M.D., MPH)
  • Assessing And Improving Pediatric Well Child Visits Within A Family Medicine Residency Clinic (Abraham Baidoo M.D., Dana Achmar M.D., Elizabeth Towner, Ph.D., Andrea Milne, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • New Horizons: An Adapted Sexual Health, Behavioral Skills Intervention For African American Female Youth (Monique Green-Jones, MPH; Erica Kelley, BS; Jasmine White, BA and Angulique Y. Outlaw, Ph.D.)

We look forward to using our experience and expertise to care for you and your family. To make an appointment with a Wayne Health Family Medicine provider, call 313-448-9650, or visit our website.

Learn more about the Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences 2021 Research Day.

International Children’s Day: Caring for the youngest among us
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