ADDRESS THE CRISIS IN DEVELOPMENTAL-BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS (DBP) CARE THROUGH SDBP’S TASKFORCE ON WORKFORCE (TOW): JOIN NOW!
- In the U.S., developmental, behavioral, and learning problems are common, affecting 1 in 5 children.
- However, there are currently insufficient numbers of professionals with the training to address the needs of this important population, creating a crisis in child health, development, and well-being.
- In response, in 2022 SDBP created the Taskforce on Workforce (TOW), whose mission is to grow the developmental-behavioral pediatrics workforce with a broader and more diverse personnel who can address the crisis in children’s behavior and development.
SDBP’s Taskforce on Workforce (TOW) has 3 pillars that work to address specific facets of the crisis: Vitality, Training, Research.
· Since inadequate reimbursement for providing DBP care is a significant barrier to both recruitment and retention of DBP-trained professionals, the Vitality pillar will focus on improving clinician compensation.
· The Training pillar works on efforts to: 1) promote recruitment of trainees into the DBP field, 2) strengthen current DBP training programs via improved collaboration and resource sharing, 3) develop innovative programs to increase the DBP skills of general pediatric and allied health professionals.
· The Research pillar seeks to build the evidence base for best practices in DBP care and spur the development of innovative and more effective diagnostic and treatment practices through efforts to: 1) increase federal funding for DBP research, 2) grow the research skills of DBP trainees and young investigators, 3) increase research collaborations society-wide and with DBPNet, the national developmental-behavioral pediatrics research network.