Friday Feb 16, 2024

Improving Early Relational Health

The Significance of Early Relational Health

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Alice Gong, MD is passionate about early relational health.  A practicing pediatrician for 40 years, and President of the Texas Pediatric Society, Dr. Gong is with the University of Texas Health Science Center and sees patients and University Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital. 



In this episode, our host and executive editor Holly Wayment discusses mental health, the significance of early relationships, and the pressing pediatric issues impacting us today with Dr. Alice Gong – President of the Texas Pediatric Society and a neonatology expert. Dr. Gong delves into her wealth of knowledge from over 40 years of practice, emphasizing the value of compassion and strong emotional bonds during infancy for optimal mental health outcomes in life.

Dr. Gong highlights the challenging issue of psychiatric treatment shortages and the ensuing cost implications. She offers insights into her role as co-chair for the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies, shedding light on important initiatives to improve maternal and newborn health. One such focus is combating the congenital syphilis epidemic in Texas.

Listen in for a rich discussion on the understandings of child behavior and the importance of emotional connections including research into prenatal hormonal impacts on mother-child bonding and the detrimental effects of early development isolation. Gain practical strategies to manage child tantrums and foster healthier relationships with patience-driven approaches and alternatives to traditional disciplinary methods.

In this episode, we look at the Nurture Science Program at Columbia's promising research initiatives, where Dr. Gong actively contributes. This conversation covers the importance of early relationships, emotional resilience, and its role in shaping a healthy future for children. Dive in and join us in exploring parenthood, pediatrics, and the neuroscience behind these crucial relationships.

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The Pediatric Grand Rounds Planning Committee (Deepak Kamat, MD, PhD, Steven Seidner, MD, Daniel Ranch, MD and Elizabeth Hanson, MD) has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.  


The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and Deepak Kamat, MD course director and content reviewer for the activity, have reviewed all financial disclosure information for all speakers, facilitators, and planning committee members; and determined and resolved all conflicts of interests. 



The UT Health Science Center San Antonio is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


The UT Health Science Center San Antonio designates this live activity up to a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




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