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Committee Members

  • Jonathan M Spector, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School
  • Cliff Michael O'Callahan, MD, PhD, University of Connecticut - Immediate Past Chair
  • Bronwen J Anders, MD, University of California
  • Linda Arnold, MD, Yale Medical Center - Program Co-Chairperson
  • Anna Maria Mandalakas, MD, Case Western Reserve University - I-CATCH Chairperson
  • Elizabeth Montgomery, MD, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine - Program Co-Chairperson
  • Luisa Roy Oriol, MD, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Scope of Committee Work

Since its formation in 1996, the Section on International Child Health (SOICH) has grown steadily to become one of the Academy's largest sections. SOICH members share a common interest in working to improve the well-being of children all over the world, particularly those living where access to essential health resources are limited. Our activities are centered on the education of AAP members and the global community-at-large, service that positively impacts children's health worldwide, advocacy on behalf of those without a voice, and partnership with our friends and colleagues abroad.

Current Initiatives

  • I-CATCH (International Community Access to Child Health) Grant Program which provides grants and active mentorship for international colleagues committed to developing innovative programs that improve child health at home in their own communities.
  • Development of the International Child Health Network, a web-based association of pediatricians and other health professionals who understand the critical importance of effective partnerships in successful child health initiatives.
  • Providing a directory of overseas opportunities for pediatricians interested in volunteer work abroad.
  • Awarding International Travel Grants each year to pediatric residents who are pursuing training electives in other countries.
  • Creation of meaningful educational materials that help further member activities, including the "Working in International Child Health" manual and the "Atlas of Pediatrics in the Tropics and Resource-Limited Settings".

Committee Documents

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