Monday, June 27, 2011

Children’s National delegation focuses on shared child health priorities with colleagues in Abu Dhabi

A Children’s National delegation arrived in Abu Dhabi this week for a series of meetings on children’s health priorities, and to provide an annual update on the progress of the Sheikh Zayed Institute to the government of Abu Dhabi, whose generous gift of $150 million established the Institute in 2009. Our delegation on the ground includes Children’s National Chairman of the Board James Lintott, Children’s National Chief Academic Officer Mark Batshaw, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Governmental Affairs Officer Jacqueline Bowens, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Children’s Hospital Foundation Pam King Sams, Senior Vice President of the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health, Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President for the Sheikh Zayed Institute and the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care Kurt Newman, MD, and Sheikh Zayed Institute Director of Educational Programs and Principal Investigator Craig Peters, MD.

Our time in the UAE always provides valuable opportunities for knowledge exchange in pediatric medicine that benefits children in Washington, DC, the United States, Abu Dhabi, and the world. We started our day today at HAAD headquarters, meeting with a team who has developed tools to help children and families adopt healthier lifestyles. The HAAD team shared information about a piloted public health initiative in Abu Dhabi schools that aims to help children be healthier through improved diet and exercise. The program, “Schools for Health” engages students and their parents in making healthier lifestyle choices.

In the afternoon, the team visited Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC). Many faculty members from Children’s National have visited SKMC on previous trips as well, see July 2010 and December 2010. Our doctors from this delegation, including Dr. Batshaw, Dr. Peters, and Dr. Cora-Bramble, shared clinical expertise on testing for inborn errors of metabolism in newborns, urinary obstruction, and cultural competence in healthcare, respectively, with a full room of physicians, nurses, and trainees. As always, the audience was very engaged, asked many questions, and shared their own patient care experiences with our team, making the visit interesting and helpful to both SKMC and Children’s National attendees.

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