7/25/19 – “Pioneering Academic-Community Partnerships in Pediatrics to Promote Equity and Prevent Adversities”

Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
Founding Director, Vital Village Network

Brief Summary of Lecture
Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett will discuss the role of using a trauma-informed framework to promote systems alignment and innovative, cross-sector partnerships to improve wellbeing and achieve equity. This presentation will review the contribution of early life adversities and adverse social environments to inequities in health, with a focus on the role of social stress as a driver of inequities. One learning objective is to review new medical competencies that consider structural violence and social forces as a strategy to transform models of practice and care. An additional objective of the presentation is to situate the current use of metrics of wellbeing and improve the utility of metrics to track progress and implement local improvements over time by sharing examples of how participatory strategies, community engagement, and community-based research methods can be incorporated in the work of Vital Village Network. Finally, the presentation will share strategies for scaling local innovations and the essential role of civic participation for building community capacity to achieve health equity.

Date and Time: Thursday, July 25, 8-9 a.m.


  • John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center

    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3 Conference Center
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224