Physicians’ Network Web Series

In spring, 2021, our impressive roster of presenters all focused on different aspects of health equity and what we can do to confront these systemic inequities. For this reason, the theme of the web series is Helping Every Child Thrive: Health Equity in Early Childhood. Instead of meeting in person, the physicians below created virtual presentations that can be watched on demand. Register below to receive an automated response with the links to each presentation. 

See the presentations listed below, followed by the presenter’s bios.


  • Addressing the Social Determinants of Health Within Your Practice Settings — Andrew F. Beck, MD, MPH, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Disparities in Outcomes of Pediatric Surgery — Marion Henry, MD, MPH, FAAP (Pediatric Surgeon), Advocate Aurora Health (Chicago) and University of Chicago
  • Practical Tips to Support Children Exposed to Adversity — Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles and AAP President Elect and Heather Forkey, MD, Univ of Mass. Memorial Children’s. Medical Center
  • Racism: A Societal Pathogen — Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD, MPH, FAAP, (Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician), Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine
Andrew F. Beck, MD, MPH

Andrew F. Beck, MD, MPH

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Dr. Beck is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Divisions of General and Community Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He received his BA in Anthropology from Yale University, his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and his MPH from Harvard University. He completed residency and fellowship training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Beck’s research aims to equitably improve child health outcomes by addressing key social determinants of health. Specifically, he pursues quantitative and quality improvement studies that focus on population-level health disparities and clinical-community collaborations. Dr. Beck has a lead role in the hospital’s Community Health Initiative which strives to, together with families and the community, help Cincinnati’s kids to be the healthiest in the nation. He is also involved in supporting the regional response to COVID-19.

Marion Henry, MD, MPH, FAAP

Marion Henry, MD, MPH, FAAP

Advocate Aurora Health (Chicago) and University of Chicago

Dr. Marion Henry is a Pediatric Surgeon and Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, though she will soon join the faculty at the University of Chicago.

A native of Pennsylvania, she earned her AB in Religious Studies at Princeton University and her MD at Stanford University. She completed her General Surgery residency at Yale New Haven Hospital after completing an MPH degree in clinic research and biostatistics during her residency research time. Following residency, she was an active duty General Surgeon for the US Navy. She subsequently did her fellowship training in Pediatric Surgery at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Henry was a Pediatric Surgeon and active duty Navy Surgeon at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego for six years.  During this mission, she and her division provided surgical services to patients in four countries in Oceania and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Henry is passionate about medical education and has served as surgery clerkship director at NMCSD, Transitional Year Program Director at NMCSD, and Intern advisor at NMCSD. She is currently an Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery program at the University of Arizona in Tucson, teaches pre-clinical and clinical medical students at the college of medicine and serves on the Surgery Department executive committee for medical education. She is also active in Faculty Development programs at the local and national level through multiple surgical organizations.

Dr. Henry is passionate about Surgical health care policy and advocacy and chaired the Advocacy Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association for two years. She is relocating to Chicago to further her work in surgical activism particularly in the areas of Gun Violence Prevention, Treatment and Recovery and in Disparities of Surgical Health Care.

Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD

Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD

University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Moira Ann Szilagyi, AAP President-elect, is a primary care pediatrician, Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at UCLA where she is also the Peter Shapiro Term Chair for Enhancing Children’s Developmental and Behavioral Health in Pediatrics. Dr. Szilagyi was Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester from 1990-2014 and Medical Director of Starlight Pediatrics, an integrated-care medical home for children in foster/kinship care. 

Her broad experience includes primary care for vulnerable populations, suburban private practice, education of trainees, leadership of several multi-system collaborative partnerships to improve care for vulnerable children, research on evidence-based screening and the integration of mental health into primary care, and a long history of advocacy at federal, state and local levels. 

Dr. Szilagyi has held numerous AAP leadership positions, chairing the AAP NY-District II Task Force on Foster Care and the national Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care. She is editor of Fostering Health (the manual for providers and systems) and has authored several AAP policy statements and clinical and technical reports on child welfare-involved children.  She is Principal Investigator of an AAP case-based on-line educational program to help pediatricians integrate trauma-informed care into practice. Dr. Szilagyi sees patients in L.A. County’s foster care system.


Heather C. Forkey, MD

Heather C. Forkey, MD

University of Massachusetts Memorial Children’s Medical Center

Heather C. Forkey, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Vice Chair for Wellness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Division Director for the Child Protection Program and Foster Children Evaluation Service (FaCES) of the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center.  She also serves as the Medical Director of Lifeline4Kids at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Forkey has been the recipient of local and federal grants to address issues of children in foster care and to translate promising practices to address physical and mental health needs of children who have been traumatized.  She has published, and presents nationally and internationally on these topics, serves leadership roles for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and American Academy of Pediatrics on issues related to foster care and child trauma.

Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD, MPH, FAAP

Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD, MPH, FAAP

Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Adiaha Spinks-Franklin (first name pronounced: ah * dee * YAH) is a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics for Baylor College of Medicine. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She is an inaugural co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the Society of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, where she formerly served on the Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She is Founder of the pediatric anti-racism social justice organization called “Race and Children Educational Collaborative of Anti-Racist Developmental-Behavioral Professionals (RACE CARD)”.

Dr. Spinks-Franklin earned a Bachelor degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. She completed Pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Then Dr. Spinks-Franklin completed the Dyson Advocacy Fellowship and the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, in Boston MA. She earned a Master’s in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health during her fellowship. She participates in global pediatric healthcare projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America. Dr. Spinks-Franklin is a married mother of three adult sons and three adorable grandchildren. She and her husband live on a farm.

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