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Reaching the tipping point on global child health
Date:5/2/2010

VANCOUVER, BC Whether you live in Haiti or in Harlem, the impact of poverty is the same. Children suffer from poor nutrition, environmental degradation, violence and poor development in the U.S. just as they do in less developed nations, and the consequences can be equally profound, according to Dr. Danielle Laraque, MD, president of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA).

Dr. Laraque will draw parallels between her work in Haiti and her work in urban areas of the U.S. during an address entitled "Global Child Health -- Reaching the Tipping Point for All Children" at 1:30 p.m. PT Monday, May 3, at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The meeting is being held at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Dr. Laraque's speech is part of a special celebration recognizing the 50th anniversary of the APA. The keynote address of the APA plenary session will be given by Catherine DeAngelis, MD, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association and a former president of the APA.

Dr. Laraque, who was born in Haiti, has practiced pediatric medicine for 25 years in Harlem and is chief of the division of general pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In the 1990s, Harlem and other urban communities had extreme mortality rates that justified special consideration analogous to that given to natural-disaster areas, Dr. Laraque said. Significant health disparities still exist in many communities in the U.S., in specific regions such as the Deep South, and in minority communities and areas with a shortage of health professionals.

In her address, Dr. Laraque will highlight two children she has cared for in the past few months. The first, a 12-year-old girl, arrived with her mother at a medical tent in Haiti where Dr. Laraque was working. She was undernourished, jaundiced, and in obvious pain with a tense abdomen. She went into shock the next day and di
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Contact: Susan Martin
ssmartin@aap.org
847-434-7877
American Academy of Pediatrics
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