Pamela High, MD, a pediatrician and the director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the Covering Kids Award by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, a statewide children’s policy organization that works to improve the health, economic well-being, safety, education and development of Rhode Island children.
High and other community leaders were presented with the award at the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT 13th annual Celebration of Children’s Health luncheon. Each year, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recognizes elected officials and community partners with Covering Kids Awards for their contributions to increasing access to health insurance coverage for children.
High treats patients and families as a member of interdisciplinary teams and supervises fellows in developmental assessment, care and research in the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Neurodevelopment Center. Each year she and her colleagues evaluate more than 1,200 children from Southeastern New England with autism, developmental delays, attention deficit disorder, down syndrome, fragile X and other developmental and behavioral concerns. She also works with families at the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk where she treats infants and toddlers who have challenges with sleeping, crying and feeding.
“Dr. High has been a major part of our pediatrics team here at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for the past 20 years, even before we opened the doors to our official children’s hospital,” said Robert Klein, MD, pediatrician-in-chief at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “In that time, she has had an immeasurable impact on thousands of patients and families, and has mentored countless residents and fellows. She has undoubtedly made health care better for children in Rhode Island, and beyond.”
High’s clinical and research interests include infant behavioral issues such as colic, sleep and feeding problems, anticipatory guidance, including literacy promotion in primary care, and the relationship between medical and psychological problems in childhood.
As part of the American Academy of Pediatrics, High has served on multiple national committees for early childhood, education, child care. She has also served as past president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Her local advocacy efforts include serving on Rhode Island’s Early Learning Council and on the boards of RI Kids Count and RI Reach Out and Read.
High is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she also received her medical degree. She was a resident in Pediatrics at Stanford University and at the University of California San Francisco where she also completed her fellowship training in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. In addition to High’s role at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, she is also a professor (clinical) of pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She directs both fellowship and residency training in developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.