Strengthening the Community
The Department of Pediatrics partners with community programs to strengthen their resources through research and educational initiatives.
The team is building on the success of and expanding its leadership in existing, effective programs. For example, at CommUnityCare’s East Austin Health Center, a federally qualified health clinic serving low-income women and children of Central Texas, faculty in Pediatrics residency program run CenteringParenting — a group-focused approach to well-child care. Six to 10 pairs of mothers and babies with birthdays within weeks of each other attend 10 checkups together during the children’s first three years of life.
While providing babies with the standard exams and vaccines delivered in a traditional clinic, the program builds supportive communities of women who educate and empower one another as they experience the ups and downs of motherhood.
Tax Prep in the Waiting Room
Michael Hole, M.D., is a pediatrician, Dell Med faculty member and social entrepreneur developing services and policies to reduce U.S. child poverty. Hole co-founded StreetCred, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income families file taxes, build assets and apply for basic resources in pediatrician office waiting rooms. Students from Dell Med and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs volunteer with the program, helping to drive health transformation in the Austin community.
Hole is just one of many faculty members dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in Central Texas.