We conduct advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities to serve young children and their families. We provide services and supports for children with developmental delays and disabilities to enhance their development, maximize their potential, and increase the capacity of families to meet the special needs of their young children.
Community-Based Transition Pilot Program
The Patient Centered Medical Home Program which embeds nurse case management in the primary care setting
Bodyworks which provides dietary and physical activity counseling and weight management
The Lactation Clinic which provides breastfeeding support to all, including mothers and infants with developmental disabilities
The Parent Navigator Program, which employs individuals with lived experience to help families navigate and get connected to the DD service system
Hablamos Juntos, which provides family-based support for children with speech delay
Post-transfer Survey of Health Care Transition Outcomes of Individuals with Spina Bifida in Movin' On Up Health Care Transition Program
Health Related Accommodations of Adolescents and Emerging Adults with Spina Bifida Enrolled in the Health Care Transition Program, Movin' On Up
Internet Survey of the Health Care Transition Experiences of Young Adults with Chronic Illnesses/Health Conditions/Disabilities
Biopsychosocial Health Care Transition (HCT) Outcomes of Adults with Spina Bifida
Survey on the transition needs of youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
ENRICH Program, in partnership with LA County DPH
Culturally Competent Approach to Vaccine Hesitancy Among Individuals with Intellectual and /or Developmental Disabilities and their Caregivers
A Community-Partnered Consortium for Equitable Growth of the Public Health Workforce within the Disability Networks in Los Angeles County
Administration for Community Living: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021: A Community-Partnered Consortium for Equitable Growth of the Public Health Workforce Serving the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Community in Southern California
Equitable Access to Regional Center Services for Children and Youth in Foster Care Through Parent Education and Youth Self-advocate Empowerment
Stein Tikun Olam, ATLAS foundation
Combining Autism Telehealth And Screening Technologies For Earlier Diagnostic Assessments
First 5 LA Help me Grow Pathways Grant
Healthy Steps at AltaMed at CHLA
La Linterna at AltaMed at CHLA
Innovative Peer Navigator Employment Pathway for Health Care Services
Mirzaian CB, Ghadiali T*, Vestal N*, Song A, Vanderbilt D, Lakshmanan A. Rates of connection to early intervention from the neonatal intensive care unit in a high risk infant follow-up program. J Perinatol. 2022. doi: 10.1038/s41372-022-01408-3. PMID: 35589971
Betz C. L. (2021). Nursing's Influence on the Evolution of the Field of Health Care Transition and Future Implications. Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners, 35(4), 408–413. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2021.01.001
Betz, C. L., Mannino, J. E., Disabato, J. A., & Marner, V. (2022). Health care transition planning: A potpourri of perspectives from nurses. Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing : JSPN, e12373. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jspn.12373
Betz, C. L., Mannino, J. E., & Disabato, J. A. (2021). Survey of US pediatric nurses' role in health care transition planning: Focus on assessment of self-management abilities of youth and young adults with long-term conditions. Journal of child health care : for professionals working with children in the hospital and community, 25(3), 468–480. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367493520953649
Cheak-Zamora N, Betz C.L, & Mandy T (2022). Measuring Health Care Transition: Across Time and into the Future Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 64, 91-101, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2022.02.018.
Mannino, J. E., Disabato, J. A., Betz, C. L., Hudson, S. M., & Marner, V. A. (2022). Health Care Transition Planning: Educational Needs of Pediatric Nurses and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners, S0891-5245(22)00084-0. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2022.04.001
Espinoza, J. C., Chin, S. W., Shah, P. Tut, M. Raymond, J. K. (2022). Proposing a Practical, Simplified Framework for Implementing Integrated Diabetes Data and Technology Solutions, Frontiers in Clinical Diabetes and Healthcare, 3, https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fcdhc.2022.867284
Espinoza, J., Xu, N. Y., Nguyen, K. T., & Klonoff, D. C. (2021). The Need for Data Standards and Implementation Policies to Integrate CGM Data into the Electronic Health Record. Journal of diabetes science and technology, 19322968211058148. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/19322968211058148
Espinoza, J., Shah, P., Nagendra, G., Bar-Cohen, Y., & Richmond, F. (2022). Pediatric Medical Device Development and Regulation: Current State, Barriers, and Opportunities. Pediatrics, 149(5), e2021053390. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-053390
Paraszczuk, A. M., Feeg, V. D., Betz, C. L., & Mannino, J. E. (2021). Psychometric Testing of Family Centered Care (FCC) Instrument: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Pediatric Nurses and Their Workplace Perceptions of FCC. Journal of pediatric nursing, 61, 75–83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2021.03.015
Schmitt, C., Castro, J., Frelinger, J. & Yin, L. (2022). Febrile Illness in 3 Adolescent Patients, The pediatric infectious disease journal, 41, 85-86, doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000003157
Williams M, Lakatos P, Norona C, Wise M. 2022. Help Me Grow: Low Incidence Disabilities, LA County Dept of Public Health
Williams M. 2022. Considering Culture When Assessing and Diagnosing Young Children (with Wise). ZERO TO THREE
Ethics in Infant Mental Health, California Association for Infant Mental Health
Williams M. 2022. Developmental Screening Toolkit; Family Resource Network of California
Williams M. 2022. Infant-Family Mental Health: Continuum of Care from Prenatal to Hospital to Home, Best Starts to Life Research Summit
Blum N, Deavenport-Saman A, Vanderbilt D, Shults J, Barbaresi W, Bax A, Cacia J, Friedman S, LaRosa A, Loe I, Mittal S, Harstad E. Influence of Co-Existing Conditions on medication choice and effectiveness in preschool aged children with ADHD: A DBPNet Study. Platform presented at the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Virtual Annual Meeting, October 23, 2021.Mittal S, Blum N, Barbaresi W, Bax A, Cacia J, Deavenport-Saman A, Friedman S, LaRosa A, Loe I, Tulio S, Vanderbilt D, Harstad E. Receipt of Behavioral Therapy in Preschool-Age Children with ADHD: A Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network (DBPNet) Study. Presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2021 Meeting, April 23-25, 2022.
Mirzaian C, Deavenport-Saman A, Hudson S, Betz C. Health Care Transition for Young People with ID/DD and with ID/DD and Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions (CMHC): Stakeholders’ Perspectives. Virtual HCTRC Research Symposium. October 26, 2022.
Solomon O, Deavenport-Saman A, Linder D, Espinoza J, Wilson M, Mason T, Salcedo A, Chirino C, Shukhman G, Yin L. Social determinants of human and companion canine health in Los Angeles County: insights from obesity research during the COVID-19 pandemic. APHA Annual Meeting and Expo: Leading the Path Toward Health Equity. Boston, MA, November 7, 2022.
Mirzaian C, Deavenport-Saman A, Hudson S, Betz C. HealthCare Transition for Young People with IDD and Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions Stakeholders’ Perspectives. . AUCD Conference. Health Equity: Serving the Whole Person, Washington D.C., November, 15, 2022.
Hovik F*, Salcedo A, Chirino C, Deavenport-Saman A, Caldwell J, Piridzhanyan A, Jhaveri K, Kuo T, Yin L. Combating Food Insecurity in a Low SES Latinx Population Using Multilevel Strategies. Poster presented at the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference & Expo 2020 Riverside, CA, April 17, 2021.Ashby D, Jones F, Lucas-Wright A., Solomon O, Deavenport-Saman A, Vanderbilt D. Yin L. African Americans’ Perceptions of Children’s Behavior Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at INSAR 2021. May 3-7, 2021.
Kaufmann E, Dome, M, Grimes A, Fruhner M, Jeon EK, Tyree, MA, Deavenport-Saman
A, Vanderbilt D. Virtual Resources Created to Enhance Family-Centered Care for Families Navigating Childhood Hearing Loss and Hearing Technology. Poster presented at the Virtual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Virtual Conference, CA, March 13-15, 2022.
Solomon O, Lucas-Wright A, Ashe C, Yin L, Datti A, Deavenport-Saman A. Racial and Ethnic Inequalities Related to COVID-19 in the I/DD Community in California: Historical Public Data Analysis. Poster presented at the AUCD Conference. Health Equity: Serving the Whole Person, Washington D.C., November 14, 2022.
Hamad H, Rao K, Kopplin D, Tyree A, Deavenport-Saman A, Haranin E, Vanderbilt D,
Rousso K. Promoting a Medical Home for Infants or Children who are Deaf or Hard-of-
Hearing: Using Virtual Podcasts for Professional Development. Poster presented at the
Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Virtual Conference, CA, March 6, 2023.