Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pincus Pediatric Global Health Fellowship started in 2009 and has provided the opportunity for 8 fellows to serve in Botswana and the Dominican Republic. From the study of immunizations and the impact of the environment on health to paternal engagement and breastfeeding, CHOP’s Pincus Fellows have made a lasting impact. From 2009 – 2015, in the barrios that they served, CHOP’s Pincus Fellows in the DR have decreased the rate of malnutrition from 10% to 2%, increased immunizations from 49% to 90%, and created and implemented processes for deworming and anemia screening. In Botswana, the fellows collected evidence that helped introduce the rotavirus vaccine into the country and participated in the transformative work of starting and growing Botswana’s first medical school and pediatric residency. The Pincus Fellows have continued to build on their work and all have presented and many published their findings as well as received grants to continue pursuing their work after the fellowship.

Dominican Republic Pincus Family Foundation Fellows

Dr. Maria Dunn (2015 – 2017)
Credits the Pincus Family Foundation for giving her the opportunity to “stand on the shoulders of giants” noting that many of our achievements are built upon the foundation laid before us by our family, friends, and professional predecessors. She is researching how vaccination affects the presence of Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Dr. Chloe Turner (2013 – 2015)
Dr. Turner notes that the Pincus Fellowship has allowed her to gain significant experience as a community-focused pediatrician with a global perspective. Her research focused on identifying and prioritizing environmental health concerns within resource-limited neighborhoods.

Dr. Mark Callender, 2011 – 2013
Noticing that the role of fathers in promoting child health is often understudied and underappreciated in the developing world, Dr. Callender focused his research on investigating perceptions and attitudes towards fatherhood and the role that fathers play in childrearing and pediatric health among underprivileged families.

 

Dr. Lara Antkowiak 2009 – 2011
With malnutrition affecting many children in the DR, Dr. Antkowiak leveraged the Community Health Promoter model to educate and offer support groups in the community ultimately helping change cultural perceptions and increase the prevalence of breast feeding.

Botswana Pincus Family Foundation Fellows

Dr. Savarra Mantzor 2015 – 2017
In an effort to empower physicians and find meaningful solutions to health care system issues, Dr. Mantzor is using Quality Improvement science to implement a medical education project focused on optimizing the learning and teaching environment on pediatric rounds.

Dr. Kate Westmoreland 2013 – 2015
Dr. Westmoreland credits the Pincus Fellowship for giving her the tools needed to develop professionally as a leader in global pediatric oncology. During her term, she studied the impact of burnout on medical residents and ways to improve their wellness.

Dr. Matt Kelly 2011 – 2013
Botswana is ranked as the 3rd highest country in the world for adult HIV prevalence, and even when children do not acquire the disease, children born to HIV infected mothers are more likely to die during their first two years of life. Dr. Kelly studied the impact of HIV exposure on outcomes of pneumonia in children.

Dr. Henry Welch 2009 – 2011
Dr. Welch says “There is no doubt the Pincus Fellowship has been, and will remain, the greatest influence on my career path.” During his fellowship, he studied factors that contribute to increased morbidity and mortality in children with diarrhea, the 2nd leading cause of death in children less than 5 years old in Botswana. He continues to put his fellowship experience to work and currently leads a malnutrition ward in Papua New Guinea.