Hospital is one of 12 organizations participating and only site from New England

Hasbro Children’s Hospital was competitively selected to participate in Accelerating Child Health Care Transformation, a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to transform child health care delivery.  Hasbro Children’s Hospital is one of 12 leading pediatric practices across the country that will work with the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) to develop strategies for making child health care more equitable and family focused.

“Hasbro Children’s Hospital plays an essential role in our community. Hasbro Children’s exists to serve our neighbors and community, including and especially the most vulnerable among us. Being selected to work together in this partnership will allow us to continue to fulfill that commitment to the individuals and the communities we serve,” said Saul N. Weingart, MD, president of Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“As an academic medical center, we have opportunities to be at the cutting edge of medicine for children through research and through some of our collaborations, such as the Accelerating Child Health Care Transformation. These important partnerships enable us to do what’s best for kids, which means not only treating the child, but advocating for the child,” said Phyllis Dennery, MD, pediatrician-in-chief and medical director of Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Over nine months, the learning community participants will collaborate on three key goals: (1) adopting anti-racist practices to advance health equity; (2) co-creating equitable partnerships with families and providers; and (3) identifying family strengths and health-related social needs to promote resilience. Board certified general pediatrician Olutosin Ojugbele, MD, led Hasbro Children’s application process for the joint initiative.

“Our team is extremely proud to have been chosen to participate in this important effort. The health and well-being of children is our top priority, and working collaboratively with other select organizations on this initiative will only strengthen our efforts to provide a high-quality family- and patient-centered medical home for children and youth,” said Carol Lewis, MD, medical director, Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Primary Care and director, Refugee Health Program.

The selected pediatric practices were chosen for their potential to build upon existing innovative health care delivery models.  The 12 participating sites are:

  • AtlantiCare Health Services, FQHC, Atlantic City, NJ
  • The Center for Collaborative Primary Care, St. Christopher’s Pediatrics, Philadelphia, PA
  • Child Health Clinic, Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
  • The Children’s Health Center, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA
  • Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center Academic Pediatric Primary Care, Cincinnati, OH
  • Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI
  • Nemours Children’s Primary Care, Orlando, FL
  • Pediatrics Northwest, Tacoma, WA
  • Philadelphia FIGHT Pediatrics, Philadelphia, PA
  • Primary Health Care, Des Moines, IA
  • University of Mexico ADOBE Program, Albuquerque, NM
  • Westside Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic, Denver Health, Denver, CO

"Pediatric providers, alongside families, can play a critical role in supporting the healthy development of the children they serve,” said Martha Davis, MSS, senior program officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Leaders in the field have invested considerable energy on identifying opportunities to transform child health care — we will build on their work to accelerate broad adoption.”

A team of six family representatives, led by Hala Durrah, MTA, patient family engagement consultant and advocate, were selected to represent the family voice and will engage directly with the sites during the learning community.

“We are delighted to work with these exemplary pediatric sites and family advisors to advance pediatric health care transformation,” said Armelle Casau, PhD, senior program officer, Center for Health Care Strategies. “We look forward to sharing findings to further the efforts of providers, health systems, payers, and policymakers across the country to support better health and well-being for children nationwide.”

CHCS will distill lessons from the sites’ efforts, which will be shared broadly with stakeholders nationally. For more information, visit

Elena Falcone-Relvas

Senior Public Relations Officer
Bradley Hospital & Hasbro Children's Hospital