Child Abuse and Neglect | Outreach

Research to Practice

NC Child Medical Evaluation Program

The purpose of this program is to provide medical and psychological evaluations to children who have been referred by the Division of Social Services agencies to determine if abuse or neglect has occurred. PI: Molly Berkoff, MD | Quality Improvement Consultant: Meghan E. Shanahan, PhD, MPH

Engagement with State and Local Practitioners

The IPRC collaborates with partners from the NC Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate Plan of Safe Care, a program to identify infants who may have been exposed to substances during pregnancy and to support the health of the infant, mother, and family. The IPRC’s process evaluations of Plan of Safe Care will be used to improve program design and implementation.

Collaboration with Child Abuse Pediatricians to Improve Systems Serving Vulnerable Children

IPRC researchers have collaborated with the Child Medical Evaluation Program in North Carolina to conduct an evaluation of the utility of follow-up clinic visits for young children hospitalized for physical injuries suggestive of physical abuse and to identify ways to improve communication of clinic visit findings with the child welfare system. Results from this project have been presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies and Helfer Society annual meetings.