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Register Now for the 2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit

The Pediatric Brain Health Summit is part of the pediatric brain health initiative, a multi-sector, multi-agency collaboration focused on the prenatal to three-year-old developmental window. The purpose of the initiative is to use the current science on pediatric brain development to help inform and support programs that promote community resilience and optimal development in Texas’ children. 

The purpose of the 2019 Pediatric Brain Health (PBH) Summit was to bring together community-based organization and health care professional from around the state to discuss and learn about strategies for promoting PBH. Attendance was invitation only.

  • About 350 invitations were distributed
  • 150 people attended the summit

The purpose of the 2020 Pediatric Bain Health Summit is to continue this momentum from the first summit and specifically focus on building stronger connections between pediatric providers and community-based organizations that provide support and services for families. 

Noted speakers that have been confirmed

  • Jack Shonkoff (Harvard)
  • Cynthia Osborn (UT Austin)

Topics to be covered

  • Policies and practices that help support families and mitigate adversity
  • Why screen for social determinants of health, adverse childhood experiences, and postnatal depression in the pediatric setting
  • Creating connections between community organizations and medical practice
  • Big and little things that can be done in the pediatric practice to support families

For more information, contact Dr. Dorothy Mandell at or Susan Onion at

The Summit is a collaboration between the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Episcopal Health Foundation, the St. David’s Foundation, Casey Family Programs, The University of Texas System, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.