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Our research initiatives

Our faculty are engaged in a number of research programs to help children achieve greater health. These projects include:

Strengthening Health Through Housing Education, Legal Support & Training to Empower Residents (SHELTER)

This project utilizes a multi-level approach to address housing insecurity (HI). At the clinic level, we improve preventive care use and disease management among patients with HI through “SHELTER services” (home safety assessment/education, financial counseling, housing repair and legal aid) provided by Community-Based Organization partners. At the community level, we are developing an education campaign to increase awareness and empower residents in addressing HI along with focused advocacy to promote better legislation protecting tenants. Lastly, a health professionals curricula is being developed to ensure that health professionals are equipped to identify and manage unmet social needs in clinical settings.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center Childhood Wellness Program (PHIT)

The CCMC Pediatric Health Improvement Team (PHIT) works with Northwell pediatric practices to bring evidence-based processes to the management of health and wellness in children. PHIT aims to establish and maintain systems of care concordant with the most recent recommendations for the screening, prevention and treatment of pediatric weight gain and obesity.

Breastfeeding Resiliency, Engagement and Empowerment (BFREE)

This team works in four areas on Long Island to create supportive, breastfeeding-friendly communities along the care continuum (in obstetric and pediatric practices, child care centers, worksites, and Baby Cafés.) These efforts are part of a five-year grant funded by the New York State Department of Health.

Feeding Your Baby: A Randomized, Controlled Trial

In this study, we will measure the effects of the online breastfeeding promotion tutorial on mothers and infants visiting general pediatrics practices at Cohen Children’s. FeedingYourBaby.org serves as both a needs assessment and educational tool for new mothers, and it helps pediatricians streamline well-baby visits by promptly identifying and addressing mothers’ specific infant feeding concerns.

Increasing Antepartum Tdap Vaccine Administration

This quality improvement initiative seeks to increase the proportion of antepartum Tdap vaccine administration through a five-step intervention to address barriers to antepartum Tdap vaccination among providers and patients.

Long-Term Care Planning for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families

The general pediatrics research team, with funding provided by the Donaghue Foundation and Rx Foundation, is developing an evidence-based web tool to assist families of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities better plan for future care and support. The project involves disseminating surveys and holding focus groups across the country to learn more about the most important planning needs of families.

Community Health Workers and Mobile Health for Emerging Adults Transitioning Sickle Cell Disease Care (COMETS trial)

With a partnership with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Division of General Pediatrics and with the Division of Hematology at CCMC, along with four nationally renowned children’s hospitals, have a project that seeks to better support young adults with sickle cell disease as they transition from pediatric to adult health care. In this trial, two different novel support methods—a community health worker intervention and a mobile health application—are being compared to usual clinical care to determine the best ways to improve the patient’s quality of life during this transition. 

New York State Children’s Environmental Health Center of Excellence

Cohen Children’s Medical Center is now a Children’s Environmental Health Center of Excellence on Long Island. This means the Division of General Pediatrics partners with local environmental health organizations, trains pediatrics residents in environmental health, and develops new environmental health projects to better address social determinants of health for the populations we serve.