The Immediate and Lasting Impacts of COVID-19 on Children

Tamera Coyne-Beasley, M.D., MPH, is the Derrol Dawkins, MD Endowed Chair in Adolescent Medicine, Division Director for Adolescent Medicine, Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Community Engagement, and Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham and Children’s of Alabama. Her areas of expertise and training include adolescent medicine, preventive medicine, health services research, epidemiology and public health. Her research, academic, community engagement, and policy and program development focus on adolescent health and well-being, risk behaviors and resiliency, immunizations, global health and health inequities. Dr. Coyne-Beasley is also a Past-President of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, an international multidisciplinary organization committed to the promotion of health, well-being, and equity for all adolescents and young adults through clinical care, education, advocacy and research.

Contact: coybea@peds.uab.edu

Gary Blau, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined MMHPI as executive director of The Hackett Center for Mental Health in September of 2019. Prior to that he was chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) where he provided national leadership for child, adolescent and young adult mental health, and created “systems of care” across the United States. Dr. Blau also served as the Bureau Chief for Quality Management and Director of Mental Health at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Director of Clinical Services for the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern, Connecticut. He has been acknowledged as the “father” of Youth MOVE (Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience), which now has over 60 chapters nationwide, and for creating the “National Building Bridges Initiative (BBI),” which is focused on improving outcomes for youth who receive residential interventions. Dr. Blau is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Connecticut Governor’s Service Award, the Phoebe Bennet Award for outstanding contribution to children’s mental health in Connecticut, and the Making a Difference Award presented by Connecticut’s Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. He was also proud that upon the occasion of his leaving Connecticut, the Governor proclaimed December 12, 2003, as ‘Dr. Gary Blau Day.” For his national, Dr. Blau received the HHS Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Service for his national leadership in children’s mental health, and he was the first recipient of the Rock Star Award, presented by Youth M.O.V.E., National for “being a true champion for the youth movement and advocate for youth voice.” This award has now been named the “Dr. Gary Blau Award” and is given yearly to a mental health professional who has distinguished themselves as a voice for youth. Dr. Blau has over 70 professional publications and is the editor of eight books. He received his B.A. degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and his doctorate from Auburn University.

Contact: garyblau@texasstateofmind.org

David Rubin, M.D., MSCE, is a national leader in developing health system and public program innovation to improve access and health outcomes for people across the United States. As Director PolicyLab and Director of Population Health Innovation at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which serves over 500,000 children and adolescents annually, he has developed programs to improve the value and quality of health care services patients receive. His team is one of the few to have reported significant return on investment from integrated care models designed to reduce inpatient admissions for Medicaid-enrolled children. He leads a team of public health improvement advisors and data engineers who help integrated care teams prioritize workflows for their high-risk patients. His approach is generalizable for both adults and children, and has been tested across primary and specialty care populations. Within PolicyLab and as Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Rubin leads a team that includes 33 faculty members and more than 60 staff conducting research in the areas of population health, implementation science, and community-partnered research. He is also a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and a former associate program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a past member of the Pentagon’s Military Family Readiness Council and a past Presidential appointee to the White House Commission to Eliminate Child abuse & Neglect Fatalities. He has authored more than 80 manuscripts spanning peer-reviewed research, policy analyses, and edited chapters in prominent pediatric texts, including seminal manuscripts in Health Affairs, JAMA and Pediatrics on quality of health coverage and access for children in low-income families and the delivery system interventions that can return value for public health programs. He is particularly drawn to the challenges of meeting the needs of patients receiving publicly funded health insurance, particularly through the Medicaid program. He has made numerous presentations to the medical profession and to city, state, and national leaders, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, to guide evidence-informed health policy decisions on behalf of children and families across the country. Dr. Rubin is a practicing primary care pediatrician at the Faculty Practice of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in child maltreatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Contact: rubin@email.chop.edu

Wendy L. Price, Psy.D., NCSP, completed her doctorate in School Psychology at William James College in August of 2015, following a year-long clinical internship at Walden Behavioral Care (a residential eating disorder clinic). For the past 20 years, Dr. Price has worked as a school psychologist at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, in Whitman, MA. In her role, Dr. Price is involved in a number of activities, including assessment, counseling, consultation, supervision of school psychology interns, and mentoring of staff. She is also a Crisis Team and Student/Teacher Assistance Team member. She travels around the country, presenting to associations and school districts on positive psychology, eating disorders, and self-injurious behaviors. Dr. Price has been involved in leadership at both the state and national level and is currently the NASP President 2020-2021.

Contact: pricewendyl@gmail.com