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EPN 2018

Delphine Collin Vezina

Delphine Collin Vezina, Speaker at Neonatology Conferences
McGill Universit, Canada
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.


Delphine Collin-Vézina is the Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families at McGill University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the McGill School of Social Work and in the Department of Pediatrics. She holds the Nicolas Steinmetz and Gilles Julien Chair in Social Pediatrics in Community. Her program of research focuses on service provision to children and youths living in vulnerable contexts across three themes: (1) child protection responses to sexual abuse of children and youth; (2) trauma-informed care of children and youth in out-ofhome placement; (3) social return of investment models regarding community-based, whole-person services. Provincial and federal granting bodies have extensively funded her program of research. She sits on the boards of influential institutions (e.g. Child Protection Center of the Gregorian Pontifical University; Child Welfare League of Canada). She publishes in well-regarded journals and is regularly invited as a keynote speaker in important scientific and community venues.