Left to Right: K Makoroff, E Pearl, R Shapiro, M Greiner
In October 2010, the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children celebrated its 10-year anniversary and affirmed its commitment to continue a local and national leadership role in the identification of child abuse and the protection of children. Child abuse continues to be a national crisis and drives the center’s commitment to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention to secure child safety and healthy outcomes. Center priorities include the development and refinement of clinical diagnosis and treatment, research to drive translational change, the delivery of training and education to healthcare professionals and the continued development of a leadership role in protecting children through recognition, knowledge and collaboration. A statewide maternal depression screening and facilitated referral program was established for the Ohio Department of Health’s Help Me Grow home visiting program, which reaches all 88 Ohio counties.
Partnership with Regional Child Protection Agencies
The Mayerson Center enables all of the child protection agencies in our region to work in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s and with each other. The center is comprised of a team that includes Cincinnati Children’s physicians, social workers, researchers and nurses, Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services caseworkers, City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County law enforcement officers and members of the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office. Each week, more than 30 children are evaluated by the center for concerns of child abuse or neglect. Clinical evaluations are multidisciplinary, collaborative and conducted in an environment created to minimize child and family stress. Specialty services of the Mayerson Center include forensic interviewing, medical-legal examinations, evidence collection and testimony. The center’s physicians are among the first doctors in the country to be board certified in the new field of child abuse pediatrics.
Training Child Abuse Professionals
The center helps to set the national standard in the training of child abuse professionals in quality-improvement programs, and is recognized for its role in developing educational networks. On-site instruction is enhanced by the use of innovative telemedicine services that link child abuse services in Ohio with other US sites. These programs include training and a case-based peer review program for pediatric sexual assault nurse examiners; didactic and case-based peer review programs for child forensic interviewers; case-based peer review of physical and sexual abuse findings for child abuse physicians; and literature review for pediatric child abuse fellows. Through the Trauma Treatment Training Program, community mental health providers are trained in evidence-based treatments for childhood trauma. In addition, child abuse prevention efforts are bolstered by frequent trainings for parents and other community groups offered through the Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Program.