From the Editor
By Robert G. Locke, DO, MPH, FACOP
The quality of the home environment and parenting are the two main modifiable variables affecting childhood development. The AOA and Erikson Institute are collaborating in developing an online curriculum for primary care osteopathic pediatricians. The curriculum will also be accessible for osteopathic students interested in pediatrics or family practice. The three modules will focus on Child Social and Emotional Development; Risk and Protective Factors; and Family and Cultural Communication. Osteopathic physicians (and students) who complete all three training modules will be eligible to receive a certificate in early childhood development from the famed Erikson Institute. The courses are expected to be available Spring 2016.
This collaboration will also support parent messaging. “HEART”, representing Hug, Engage, Ask, Read, Talk, will be a core part of the physician – parent support. As Scott Cyrus, DO, immediate past president of the ACOP stated at the 2015 OMED convention, “We need to look at how we are engaging parents...(and) be a supportive presence.”