Next-Generation Strategies to Transform Pediatric Primary Care

A New Manatt Webinar—Based on a Just-Released Report by the MA Child and Adolescent Health Initiative—Shares Cutting-Edge Strategies for Improving Child and Family Health Outcomes Through Pediatric Primary Care. 

For years, leading pediatricians, families and advocates have called for transforming pediatric care to focus more on addressing the family, social, emotional and economic issues that affect child health outcomes. With the unprecedented events of 2020 accelerating this trend, the Massachusetts Child and Adolescent Health Initiative (CAHI) has issued a new report identifying concrete actions that can be taken in Medicaid to spur such a transformation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

A new Manatt webinar, sponsored in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Social Policy as part of the Pediatrics Supporting Parents initiative, will share key recommendations, tactics and lessons learned from the report, providing a playbook of interest to leaders in the vanguard of children’s healthcare. 

Strategies that will be covered include:

  • Elevating the needs of children, youth and their families in delivery system reform, allowing for more investment in upstream and primary prevention
  • Adopting a pediatric-specific approach to financing care for children, reflecting that most investments in pediatric care generate longer-term or cross-sector savings that do not lend themselves to traditional value-based payment models focused on short-term shared savings
  • Recognizing and supporting the primary role of parents and caregivers in the health of children, by addressing their needs and supporting the parent-child relationship
  • Tackling the social and economic challenges, including systemic racism and inequality, that have an outsized impact on children’s health and well-being
  • Expanding the use of community health workers, family support specialists, and other nontraditional staff to connect families to social and economic supports

The webinar provides a clear road map for all healthcare stakeholders working to improve outcomes for children and their families.


  • Dr. James Perrin, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; former Director, Division of General Pediatrics, Mass General Hospital; former President, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Dr. Charles Homer, Chief Improvement Officer, EmPATH; Co-Founder and former President and CEO, National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality
  • Dr. Greg Hagan, Chief of Pediatrics, Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Yaminette Diaz-Linhart, Doctoral Student, Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management; Scholar, Health Policy Research Scholars
  • Jocelyn A. Guyer, Managing Director, Manatt Health

Plus, additional speakers from other leading healthcare organizations focused on children and families

Date and Time:

Wednesday, December 2

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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