The 2017-18 U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings were released this morning, and thanks to all of you, Boston Children’s Hospital has once again been named the #1 children’s hospital in the nation.
We know how much these results mean to you when deciding to partner with us in caring for your patients and families — particularly when they need to travel great distances. This ranking is a testament to your partnership and the trust that you and your families have placed in us. We will never stop striving to earn that trust, and we will always provide a welcoming, inclusive environment for all families, whether they’re coming from just down the street or from across our global community.
While we can’t capture all of the moments that went into this ranking, we’ve created this video to give you just a taste of what can happen when all of us — researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, patients and families — strive together to make the impossible possible.
For all you do, for your families and for the Community of Care that we have built together, thank you.
Refugee children and teens are an especially vulnerable population. Many of them experience trauma, either in war-torn home countries or during flight. And when they arrive in the U.S., refugee families continue to face stressors that make healthy adjustment difficult, including poverty and discrimination. These and other stressors can contribute to mental health issues, and cultural barriers, stigma and a lack of knowledge about mental health services make these issues harder to treat.
In partnership with refugee communities and agencies, Boston Children’s Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center(RTRC), under the guidance of Director,B. Heidi Ellis, PhD, develops prevention and intervention programs, conducts research, and develops resources to assist refugee families and providers serving refugee populations. RTRC staffregularly provide training and consultation on refugee youth mental health across the country, reaching more than 850 providers in the past six months.
In recognition of her pioneering work with refugee children and teens, Ellis was awarded Boston Children’s 2017 David S. Weiner Award for Leadership and Innovation in Child Health — an award honoring the exceptional work of an employee, health care provider or faculty. …Read More
E-cigarettes. Vapes. E-hookahs. Cigalikes. It’s hard to keep up with the terminology but one thing is certain: teens are using these products at an alarming rate.
According to a 2016 Report of the Surgeon General, the number of high school students who have used e-cigarettes increased 900 percent between 2011 and 2015 — making e-cigarettes the most common type of tobacco product used by teens and young adults.
U.S. News & World Report: Asthma researchers were puzzled to find that the condition is extremely rare in Amish communities, where children are exposed to more dust and allergens than children in typical American communities. A new study dives into this phenomenon and the results suggest some unconventional ways to prevent asthma.
New York Times: Implanting human stem cells into animal embryos is an ethically complicated scenario that sounds right out of science fiction. But the National Institutes of Health plans to lift its ban on these experiments in the not-too-distant future. Do the benefits outweigh the costs?
Reuters: The framing of gun violence as a public health issue is becoming less and less controversial. According to a recent survey, most Americans think it’s OK for doctors to talk with patients about guns: 30 percent said it should be saved for specific situations, while 23 percent said the conversation is appropriate any time.