Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Washington, DC, and Abu Dhabi share community health challenges

During a late June trip to Abu Dhabi, Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA, senior vice president of Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National, which serves is the primary care arm of Children’s National, offered a series of presentations addressing common challenges her team experienced while working with the diverse populations of Washington, DC. Her focus was on three topics that our pediatricians fight every day as the largest providers of pediatric primary care in the region. Tackling these areas was of great interest to the doctors and health care policymakers she met with while in Abu Dhabi as well.

Photo right: Children’s National doctors from left, Craig Peters, MD, Peter Kim, MD, PhD, and Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA, visit Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi.
  • Cultural competence: This presentation at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City resonated with the local doctors. Just as Children’s works to identify obstacles to care delivery for every child in the DC area regardless of location, ethnicity, or primary language, the diverse expatriate population of the U.A.E. presents similar challenges for care providers, who were eager to learn more about efforts underway at Children’s in this area.
  • Children’s National Obesity Institute: Dr. Cora-Bramble set the stage by presenting stark figures about the depth of the obesity epidemic in Washington, DC, children. She showed how the Obesity Institute is working with the community and families to find workable solutions that curb this concerning trend.
  • School nutrition policies: As part of her efforts related childhood obesity, Dr. Cora-Bramble offered an analysis of international, national, and local policies aimed at school-delivered meals. She assessed the current state of efforts by national, state, and local governments to help deliver necessary nutrition, including fresh fruits and vegetables, during school hours.
This was Dr. Cora-Bramble’s third trip to Abu Dhabi for Children’s National. “I am very enthusiastic about ongoing and future collaborative opportunities with an outstanding team of Abu Dhabi partners,” she said. She departed with a better understanding of how Children’s National and the health care providers and policymakers of Abu Dhabi can work together to develop innovative solutions to these shared, pressing health challenges.

Note: Dr. Cora-Bramble will return to Abu Dhabi for the 2011 World Health Care Congress Middle East, where she will be featured at a luncheon called, "Innovations in Pediatric Health Care" sponsored by Children's National and the Sheikh Zayed Institute.

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