Title : Impact of an integrated social community-based medicine model: Focus on early intervention with socially and economically disadvantaged children and adolescents
In this presentation, Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina, will present an integrated social medicine model that focuses on early intervention with socially and economically disadvantaged children and adolescents, the Social Pediatrics in Community (SPC) model. SCP is an interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach that combines, under one roof, the expertise of medicine, law and social work. This allows to screen for, reduce and eliminate stressors that compromise the development of vulnerable children. Using an ecosystemic framework and based on Social Return on Investment (SROI) models, we will discuss the impact of SPC clinics, as perceived by practitioners and patients who participated in a yearlong collaborative research project. These include: early diagnosis, improved access to specialized services, enhanced collaboration with other child-serving sectors (e.g. schools, child protection systems), and better health and mental health functioning of all family members. Findings will be used to estimate the social and economic value of SPC and to draw conclusions on practice and policy guidelines that could be adopted by other pediatric clinics and organizations worldwide.