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Phase 2 Learning Community

Although this initiative started as a funder collaborative, the work that is now before us is designed to be driven by the field at large and led by families and communities. With investments in five “proof point communities," Pediatrics Supporting Parents is centering the strategy on communities and implementing a collaborative learning community model in which parents, pediatricians, community leaders and funders co-create the initiative’s collaborative governance structure, strategic priorities, and investment strategy. This model is rooted in the wisdom of the five local communities and ensures communities and families directly inform how we approach and meet the outcomes we collectively care about.

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Community Partners

Five communities across the nation were competitively selected to participate in the PSP multi-year, shared-learning community and serve as proof point community exemplars working to achieve concrete changes in pediatric primary care that support children's social and emotional development and early relational health. Together, the five communities are working to pursue opportunities to share best practices, gain learnings in pediatric care transformation, and identify opportunities to foster continued collaboration across the field to improve outcomes for children and families.

While all community partners share Pediatric Supporting Parents' North Star that centers parents and communities, prioritizes BIPOC children and families, and seeks to support early social and emotional development and early relational health, the road that each community takes will be co-created locally.


Each site received a grant for a one-year planning process, followed by multi-year funding for technical assistance and implementation. Our five community partners include:

  • Durham Partners for Early Relational Health with Duke Children’s Primary Care (North Carolina)

  • Early Childhood Alliance Onondaga with Upstate Medical University (New York)

  • First Year Families - Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with Pediatrics Northwest (Washington State)

  • LIFT/ACEs LA Medical–Financial Partnership with Network for Care (California)

  • University of California San Francisco Center for Child and Community Health with the Ready! Resilient! Rising! (R3) Network (California)

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