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Primary Care/General Pediatrics

The Division of General Pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital provides comprehensive primary care to more than 22,000 children from our local community. Our outpatient primary care practices, staffed by pediatricians in four community-based practices in the Ambulatory Care Network of NewYork-Presbyterian, provides well child care as well as care for children and adolescents with chronic and complex illnesses whose health may be further affected by their living situation.

With more than 45 full time physicians and a team of primary care health professionals, and over 100 pediatricians from our community who are affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian, the Division of General Pediatrics is committed to delivering high quality medical care that is accessible, family-centered, compassionate, and culturally appropriate and that promotes the healthy development and well-being of children and their families. Our goal is to ensure that health care services continue uninterrupted as the child moves from adolescence to adulthood.

Services range from routine health screenings for childhood diseases and immunizations, to inpatient care if the child is admitted to Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. An attending physician, assigned to the child at his or her Ambulatory Care Center site, continues to be involved, helping to coordinate any specialty care and follow-ipthat may be needed. Services are also provided for adolescents and teenage parents and their infants.

In addition, our Division offers a number of community outreach programs, including: WIN for Asthma, a community partnership focused on high-risk children with asthma; Best Beginnings, a program to teach first-time at-risk mothers positive parenting; Reach Out and Read which seeks to introduce literacy among children seen in the primary care practices; and a home visitation program in which pediatric residents visit the homes of children with chronic illness. The goal of these advocacy efforts and community-based partnerships is to promote the healthy growth and development of children in an entire community.

Most recently, the Center for Best Practices in Childhood Obesity Prevention at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital has been selected by the New York State Department of Health as one of three State Centers for Best Practices in Childhood Obesity Prevention. A five-year $1.3 million state grant will fund efforts to identify and implement effective ways to reduce the number of obese and overweight school-aged children in the northern Manhattan community and statewide. Nationally, more than 15 percent of children are overweight, and the childhood obesity rate has nearly tripled since 1970. The number of obese and overweight children in medically underserved urban environments is even greater, including close to half of all school-aged children in Washington Heights. The Center for Best Practices at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital will involve close collaboration with local community organizations, building upon ongoing programs and developing new interventions for children to serve as models across the state.

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Primary Care/General Pediatrics
(212) 305-6227
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