Serving the Underserved SIG

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SIG Description:

The Serving the Underserved (SUS) SIG is dedicated to improving the health care of high-risk pediatric populations such as children who are economically disadvantaged, uninsured, underinsured, homeless and face barriers to accessing quality health care. SUS focuses on clinical practice, education, research and advocacy that further this cause.

2017 SIG Annual Report

SIG Name: Serving the Underserved

Co-chairs: Margaret Tomcho, Tyler Smith

SIG purpose/mission: The Serving the Underserved SIG concentrates on the unique practice of pediatricians working in community health centers, FQHCs, rural health clinics, and practices serving those considered medically underserved. There is obvious overlap with SIGs concentrating on racial and ethnic minorities as well as LGBTQ and other populations.

Current SIG goals:
1. Increase dialogue on best practices with the broadly defined underserved populations
2. Politically lobbying for the underserved and medical justice

Annual summary:
This was another successful year for the Serving the Underserved SIG. We combined with Race in Medicine for the annual conference. It was very well attended with excellent discussion. We hope to increase SIG activity and dialogue in the upcoming year.

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:
Culture, ethnicity, and health care
Health Literacy
Race in Medicine
Women in Medicine

Past Meetings

National PAS 2007 SIG meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii

Links to other organizations

Annual Report

Margaret Tomcho, MD, MPH, FAAP Denver Health Medical Center and Westside Family Health Center
Tyler Smith, MD, MPH, FAAP Mercy Medical Center and Family Health Centers of Baltimore

SIG purpose/mission:
The Serving the Underserved SIG works to promote health equity among all populations and educate providers on the unique challenges of caring for the underserved.

Current SIG goals:

  1. Highlight the unique challenges of working with a medically underserved population including but not limited to food insecurity, housing issues, etc.

Annual summary:
At the 2016 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, the SIG collaborated with the Nutrition SIG to discuss nutrition and healthy eating among underserved communities.  This was a very interactive session encouraging participants to share their experiences in assisting patients and their families around topics related to food security and insecurity and how to assist families in navigating through government and local food programs.
The program was very well received.

Other groups that work in your area of interest:
Health Literacy SIG
Health Equity SIG
Race and Ethnicity SIG

April 2014 Newsletter Article

Join us in Vancouver! This year the Serving the Underserved and Teaching in Community Settings SIGs are combining forces to present a unique and informative program: "Teaching the Social Determinants of Health by Example." The program will highlight work by Arvin Garg speaking about screening for unmet basic needs. Then, Andy Beck and Melissa Klein will discuss educational programs that provide multi-disciplinary education on the social determinants of health through partnerships with community collaborators. We will conclude with a panel discussion to provide real life examples and strategies for implementing teaching programs addressing the social determinants of health into a variety of clinical settings.

Everyone interested in community health, education, or serving the underserved is encouraged to attend.

Serving the Underserved Co-Chairs:
Arvin Garg

Margaret Tomcho

Tyler Smith

Steve Federico

Teaching in Community Setting Co-Chairs:
Scott Krugman

Chris Peltier

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Shweta Antani, DO
622 W. 168th St
New York, NY 10032
Phone: (718) 791-9017

Padma Swamy, MD
6701 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (832) 822-3448

Current SIG Mentor:

Woodie Kessel, MD, MPH
11808 Hitching Post Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 984-3548




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