Driving Change to Improve Children’s Health

April 21, 2022 9:00 am

Often, feeding education has focused on identification, assessment, and treatment of PFD. While critical, this keynote address will move us outside our comfort zone and challenge us to think beyond our day-to-day work so that we can collectively impact the system of care for children with PFD.

Learning objectives
Participants will be able to:

  • Summarize key concepts in improving the system of care for children’s health
  • Generate two actionable ideas of how to improve the system of care for pediatric feeding disorders


  • Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP

    Berns has served as President and CEO at the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) since 2015, where he applies his extensive experience working across academic, clinical, nonprofit, community, and public health settings to lead initiatives aimed at driving change to improve children’s health. Berns is a nationally recognized expert in quality improvement science in maternal and child health and has published extensively.

    Berns is also Co-Founder and Board Chair of The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF). He ensured PRF was a key force behind the Progeria gene discovery and has developed impactful international programs for Progeria families and researchers. In addition, he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, American Academy of Pediatrics. Prior to joining NICHQ, Berns spent 14 years at the March of Dimes National Office serving as the Senior Vice President of Chapter Programs and the Deputy Medical Officer. He provided direction in education and community services to all March of Dimes state-based chapters, including DC and Puerto Rico.

    Berns is a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric emergency physician. He is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Clinical Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown School of Public Health. Berns also completed a one-year White House Fellowship where he served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

    Financial Disclosures: Scott receives a salary from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality. Feeding Matters has made a donation to NICHQ in exchange for Dr. Berns's presentation.
    Non-Financial Disclosures: None

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