What does it take to reduce the number of adolescent pregnancies in rural North Carolina, or improve access to cardiac health care services for children in Mexico? Projects like these often attract funding and enthusiastic supporters but can be sidetracked without the right leadership, coordination and planning.

To address this need, the Pediatric Leadership Alliance, a joint initiative of the Academy and the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute, recently launched “Pediatric Leaders for the 21st Century.” This program aims to bring the latest in leadership education to health care professionals tackling new projects to improve child health.

Thirteen teams of health care professionals, with at least one pediatrician on each team, met for the first time in February with faculty, mentors and staff. Their next meeting will be in March 2001, when results of their projects will be presented and outcomes analyzed.

One team is working to reduce the number...

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