Improving Pediatric Care through Coordination and Collaboration


Improving Pediatric Care through Coordination and Collaboration

Abigail Schlesinger, MD Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Our Clinical Grand Rounds series continues with a presentation by Abigail Schlesinger, MD, a national expert on providing behavioral health services in primary care settings. 

Dr. Abigail SchlesingerDr. Schlesinger is a pediatric psychiatrist who is especially interested in increasing access to quality behavioral health and developmental services for children and families. She has been instrumental in the development of Children’s Community Pediatrics Behavioral Health (CCPBH), a service that embeds therapists and psychiatrists in pediatric primary care. CCPBH has won local, state, and national awards for efficiently improving access to care.  Through her work as Chief of the Behavioral Science Division at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, as well as Medical Director of Children’s TiPS (Telephonic Psychiatric Consultation Service), Dr. Schlesinger is also leading the integration of developmental, behavioral, and community resources.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. List the variety of types of integrated care occurring within the CCP Behavioral Health System.

  2. Explain the basis of Psychiatry Access Programs and how Pennsylvania's Psychiatry Access Program - TIPS (TelephonIc Psychiatry Services) is being implemented in PA.

  3. Discuss the role that collaboration plays in helping to identify behavioral health and substance use needs within a population.

The entirety of this program will be a lecture by the speaker(s). All individuals able to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. Registration is not required for this event. This event is free and there will be no refunds. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Location. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium.

For More Information. Please contact Frances Patrick (Telephone: 412-246-6787; Email:

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.
The indicated number of clock hours of continuing education is provided through Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC’s Office of Educational Resources and Planning, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist.  These clock hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT renewal.  For more information, call (412) 204-9085.