Wayne State's new home for clinical pediatrics
About Wayne Pediatrics
Wayne Pediatrics is the academic clinical practice that will be home to Wayne State University Department of Pediatrics faculty physicians. It also will serve as the School of Medicine's official clinical service group for pediatrics. Those faculty that will join us are very excited about this new opportunity, as they become founding members of Wayne Pediatrics.
The leadership of University Pediatricians (UP), a medical group in which Wayne State faculty members served Detroit for 22 years, severed ties with Wayne State and signed an affiliation agreement with Central Michigan University (CMU) in Mount Pleasant.
All medical schools must have a department of pediatrics to train future physicians. Wayne Pediatrics offers academic pediatricians who are committed to serving the children of Detroit an opportunity to do so while integrating teaching, research, patient care and community engagement.
The Urban Children's Health Collaborative
In conjunction with Wayne Pediatrics, we are also launching the Urban Children's Health Collaborative. The UCHC is a community-based initiative with a focus on the urban child and lifespan development that will foster improved individual, family and community health.
Social determinants of health – which often are rooted in poverty – are known to increase the risk of poor health outcomes, not only in children, but also in adults. Social determinants of health include access to quality housing, food insecurity, quality education, transportation, unemployment and accessible health care. These complex and overlapping issues are responsible for most health disparities, and we intend to tackle them head on.
We are fortunate that Wayne State has 13 schools and colleges with experts in these areas. The university also has strong community partners excited to make a difference and partner on this initiative.
Our vision is for a healthier future for metropolitan Detroit's children and families through holistic, community-based primary and specialty pediatric care, medical education and training, and community- and population-based research.
Detroit has the largest big-city poverty rate in the country for children aged 5 and younger. All children in Detroit should have an equal opportunity to be healthy, ready to learn and to achieve their full potential. A child's ZIP code should not be the determining factor for future health or well-being. Pediatricians are, first and foremost, advocates for all children.
This new initiative will enable Wayne Pediatrics faculty physicians to help many more children achieve their fullest potential. The UCHC, working in collaboration with Detroit's myriad child- and family-focused organizations, will ultimately help to improve the lives of children and families in our community.