Serving the Underserved SIG
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.
Links to other organizations
- American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Workforce
- Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
- Docs for Tots
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
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:
- Highlight the unique challenges of working with a medically underserved population including but not limited to food insecurity, housing issues, etc.
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
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:
Teaching in Community Setting Co-Chairs:
Current SIG Co-Chairs:
Tyler Smith, MD
6711 Park Heights Avenue #307
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 500-5500
Margaret Tomcho, MD, MPH
1100 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: (303) 436-4320