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Supporting Healthy Parenting through Primary Care

Dec 2015

On April 19, 2016 The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC), with input from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, Mental Health America, the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, and the National Association for Rural Mental Health, hosted a briefing with nationally recognized experts on pediatric health care and the prevention of behavioral health problems.


Numerous evidence-based programs have proven effective in helping parents to prevent children’s disruptive, oppositional and defiant behaviors; anxiety and depressive symptoms; tobacco, alcohol and drug misuse; aggression, delinquency, and violence. Pediatric and family practice physicians are trusted advisers to parents on all aspects of their children’s health. Yet, current policies discourage primary health care providers from providing parents with these tested and effective programs. The cost of not receiving these programs is high - behavioral health issues cost America $247 billion per year.


This briefing summarized the effectiveness of family focused preventive interventions, shared the life changing experiences of people who have participated, and explored the potential for integrating effective family-focused preventive interventions into primary health care to measurably improve population health.


Dr. Diana Fishbein, C. Eugene Bennett Chair of Prevention Research at The Penn State University and Co-Director of the NPSC moderated the event and made opening remarks (click here to view the opening remarks).

Click here to review a paper, written by many of our speakers below, which sets out the scientific foundation and makes the case for providing and funding family focused interventions for preventing children's behavioral health problems through primary health care.


Thank You to Our Co-Hosts:


Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)

Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington)

Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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J. David Hawkins Ph.D.

Endowed Professor of Prevention, School of Social Work, University of Washington.

Reviews the personal, social and economic costs of behavioral health problems in children and youth; the effectiveness of 16 evidence based family focused programs proven to prevent these problems; and the potential for widespread promotion of children’s health by providing these programs through primary health care.


Ellen C. Perrin M.D.,

Professor of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center.

Presents results of randomized trial of abbreviated Incredible Years parent program in 11 Boston pediatric clinics with positive effects on both parenting behaviors and children’s behavioral health, describes barriers that inhibit sustainable funding for such programs, and a state Medicaid initiative that is providing funding for a proven family focused prevention program in primary care.


Rahil Briggs Psy.D., Montefiore Medical Center & Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine 


Briefing Presentation


Diane E. Bloomfield M.D., Medical Director, Family Care Center Pediatric Teams, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.



Presents Healthy Steps and Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration Programs of Montefiore Hospital – comprehensive, innovative behavioral health programs for pediatric and adolescent populations including parenting programs in an integrated care context.

Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., F.A.A.P.,

President, American Academy of Pediatrics

Laurel K. Leslie, M.D., M.P.H., American Board of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine


Ms. Rebecca Mueller on

Incredible Years Parenting Program

Ms. Lidiana Baster on

Familias Unidas


Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA-32)

Co-Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus

Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA-3)

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