Stories about: Judy Palfrey

Dichato’s long road to recovery

On February 27, 2010, a devastating earthquake occurred off the coast of Chile. Registering a magnitude of 8.8, the quake also triggered a tsunami that ravaged the Chilean coast. By the day’s end there were hundreds dead and more than 1.5 million people displaced from their homes. The recovery effort goes on to this day, with help from many, including Boston Children’s Hospital employees. Lili Peacock-Chambers, MD, recently visited the country as part of “Recupera Chile,” a multi-disciplinary post-disaster community development program. 

By Lili Peacock-Chambers, MD

Dichato, Chile, is a small coastal town, with a population of just 3,000 residents. A single road leads in and out from Dichato, winding though evergreen and eucalyptus covered hills, with beautiful views of the sea when breaks in the hillside allow. If you stand at the crest of the tallest hill, just past a mound of red earth and bulldozers that sit across from sprawling rows of wooden “mediaguas” (temporary shacks), you see the crescent shaped bay and the vast ocean beyond. Directly bellow the hill lays Dichato.

For the people of Dichato, moving from “arriba” (above) to “abajo” (below) still brings the heavy memory of 2010’s devastating earthquake. The trek, which connects the safety of the hills to the life-sustaining waters of the bay, is more treacherous than it was before the earthquake, but traffic along the path remains as constant as the tides.

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My thoughts on federal health reform

MandellEarlier this week, we shared on our Thrive blog some comments about the new health reform legislation by Judy Palfrey, MD, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a long-time pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Reactions to the post were both positive and negative when it was shared on our Facebook page, with some people wondering why we would share our “political” views. First let me say that I think it’s important to distinguish views about political candidates and political parties from “policy” views about things that are good or bad for children and the providers who care for them. I also think it’s important to recognize and give voice to the incredible breadth of knowledge and expertise we have here at Children’s. Dr. Palfrey has spent her entire career working on child advocacy issues and is nationally recognized on the subject, and we’re fortunate to be able to share her knowledgeable voice on our blog.

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Applauding health reform for America's children

Dr. Palfrey speakins during the Doctors for America event
Dr. Palfrey speaking during the Doctors for America event

Judy Palfrey, MD, made the following comments today at the Doctors for America event in honor of the impending passage of the nation’s health reform bill.

Good afternoon. I am Dr. Judy Palfrey, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). I have practiced pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Boston for the past 35 years.

The AAP is a non-profit professional organization of 60,000 pediatric doctors who work tirelessly for children’s health and well-being. We are proud and honored to stand here today following last night’s historic vote on health reform!

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Carrying the Olympic flame for children everywhere

olympictorch_palfreyYesterday, Children’s very own Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), got the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch through Canada. Below, she reflects on the once-in-a-lifetime experience:

On January 19, I had the enormous honor to accept the Olympic flame from a young man named Chris, from Manitoba, Canada, and then to pass it on in an unbroken chain to Debbie Fisher, a speed skating coach from Calgary.

Since mid-November when the flame arrived in Vancouver from Greece, each day it has been shepherded lovingly from one town to another, all over Canada. Torchbearers have carried it on horseback, in sailboats, on wheelchairs, on dogsleds and even by air when it went up to the Arctic Circle.

As my friend Susan Foley so aptly put it, the Olympics embodies “hope, aspiration and achievement.” The torch itself is the symbol of global togetherness, cooperation and communities working together.

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