Professionals working in community social pediatrics (CSP) are committed to measuring the impact of their practice on children and families at risk. But the community social pediatrics approach is complex due to several factors, including: the number of diagnoses and social problems associated with each child, the number of professionals involved in each case, the variability of treatment outcomes and the degree of flexibility needed to set up treatment plans adapted to each specific situation.

This is why most evaluations to date have focused on specific care and services provided by community social pediatrics centres and not on the overall approach. In fact, until now, only one descriptive evaluation has looked at the model in a more comprehensive way. While this was a useful first step in describing the features of CSP that distinguish it from other types of health care services, much work remains to be done to measure the practice’s full impact.

Two research chairs in community social pediatrics were created in 2015 to meet this need. They will be tasked with developing and sharing scientific knowledge to inform and improve CSP practice, which blends social sciences and law with medicine to reduce or eliminate sources of toxic stress that are harmful to the development of children at risk.

We encourage you to learn about recognized and documented impacts of community social pediatrics and to follow the progress of current research projects.

A knowledge development panel supports the Fondation du Dr Julien in all its research projects. The panel includes the following members: 

  • Julie Desharnais, Social Worker, Director of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Côte-des-Neiges centres, Fondation du Dr Julien
  • Gilles Julien, MD, Social Pediatrician, President, Founder and CEO, Fondation du Dr Julien
  • Conrad Pelletier, MD, Cardio-vascular Surgeon, Montreal Heart Institute
  • Denis Roy, MD, Vice-President, Scientific Affairs, Institut national de santé publique du Québec
  • Nicolas Steinmetz, MD, Chairman Emeritus of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors
  • Nico Trocmé, Ph. D. in Social Work, Director and Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University
  • Hélène (Sioui) Trudel, LL. L, Social Pediatrics Mediator, Founding Director, Alliance droit et médecine sociale and the Garage à Musique, Fondation du Dr Julien
  • Jean Turgeon, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Université de Montréal