Georgia Pediatricians, Head Start, and Early Head Start

 This podcast features, Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Immediate Past President, Professor Terri McFadden, MD, FAAP of Emory University, Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning Commissioner, Amy Jacobs, and Georgia Head Start Collaborating Officer, Allison Setterlind and community partners Voices for Georgia’s Children and Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS).

Dr. McFadden and Commissioner Jacobs discuss findings of a recent project made possible by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness to focus on how the pandemic has impacted both pediatricians and the children and families they serve.  Georgia Head Start and Early Head Start staff and families from metro-Atlanta and rural Georgia were included in the project.

Programs from Clayton County Community Services Authority, Washington County Chapter Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Action Pact, Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Randolph County Board of Education, Emanuel County Board of Education, and Clarke County School District all shared their experiences navigating the health and early education for young children during COVID-19.  The group highlights key concerns impacting families such as limited access to pediatric primary care, affordable housing, and food insecurity.