Preparing for the Child Health Surge

Free, virtual event, May 26, 2021 //


While the pandemic has affected our society at all levels, what are the short and long-term effects of social isolation and household financial stress on young children expected to be? And how might we strategize now to help children and families cope with the pandemic’s influence on their health and well-being?

Join us for what promises to be an interesting and informative discussion on this topic.

Registration is complimentary. A link to connect will be sent to those who are registered prior to the 26th at 2 p.m.



Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH is a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle and a professor in the School of Medicine at University of Washington. He also serves as the director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. He is the author of more than 170 original research articles, a textbook of pediatrics, and co-authored a groundbreaking book, The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids. Dr. Christakis has devoted his career to investigating how early experiences impact children and to helping parents improve their children’s early learning environments.

Anna Brouillette is a research associate with the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Center translates research on the best public investments into state policy actions by connecting the complex social, economic, and health needs of families that support effective child development in the earliest years. Anna’s work focuses on state outreach and tracking state’s progress towards evidence-based policies and strategies that support infants and toddlers and their families.

Marni Axelrad, PhD is the director of the Clinical and Pediatric Psychology Program and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Axelrad’s research and clinical interests primarily center on treatment of disruptive behaviors in preschoolers. She coordinates a research study examining the short- and long-term effectiveness of a brief parenting intervention on reducing problem behaviors across settings. Clinically, Dr. Axelrad evaluates and treats disruptive behavior disorders, generally in young children. She also supervises the Brief Behavioral Intervention, a Parent Management Training clinical intervention program for preschool-aged children with disruptive behavior disorders.


Keith J. Loud, MD, MSc, FAAP is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Physician-in-Chief of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). He currently serves as vice-chair of the New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation. A graduate of McGill University, Dr. Loud completed his pediatric residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital, also earning a Master of Medical Sciences in clinical investigation at Harvard Medical School.