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Project CLIMB: Integrating mental health, behavior, and development into pediatric primary care



Project Description


Project CLIMB integrates mental health services into a pediatric primary care residency training clinic. Children from low income populations and their families typically have more limited access to appropriate mental health services in part because poor reimbursement by federal and state insurance plans reduce the likelihood that clinicians will accept these plans. At the same time, these children have higher mental health and psychosocial concerns than privately insured children. Pediatric primary care settings provide continuous and comprehensive services that are accessible to the majority of children and their families, and as such, are ideally suited to promote optimal development through the provision of expanded services that address parental concerns, key developmental tasks, psychosocial factors, and mental health issues. Pediatric providers need clinical skills to identify and address children’s and parents’ developmental and psychosocial issues.   Ongoing research activities involve quality assurance/improvement projects for developmental and perinatal mental health screening efforts; medical record abstraction and chart review of CLIMB population and matched controls; and national, multi-site data collection efforts through CORNET (Continuity Residency training Network). 


Mentor Name

Ayelet, Talmi

Mentor Location

13123 East 16th Avenue

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Enter Choice #1

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Funding Department/Program

Psychiatry and Developmental Neuroscience

Area of Study

Child-Maternal Health and Reproductive Sciences; Health Care and Public Health Research


Adolescents; African American; Asian; Foster Care; Health Disparities; Hispanic-Latino(a); Infants; Men; Native Americans; Pregnant Woman; School-age Children; Women; Young Adults


Behavioral; Chart Review; Surveys, Questionnaires, and Psychological Testing; Talking and Behavior Therapies

Disease or Symptom

Aggression-Violence; Asthma; Basic Human Processes; Child Abuse; Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities; Obesity; Stress

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Created at 7/12/2012 8:08 AM by Watts, Katie
Last modified at 7/31/2013 1:04 PM by Watts, Katie