Addressing Social Determinants of Health: A New National Study – Seeking Primary Care Practices

There is renewed and exciting interest in in the healthcare system to help address social determinants of health. This overlaps with another national priority: preventing child abuse and neglect. The National Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) Study offers an excellent opportunity on both fronts to help address prevalent problems and to advance knowledge and practice in primary health care serving children and families.

The goal of the study is to examine what facilitates or impedes the adoption, implementation and sustainability of evidence based practices such as SEEK, while further probing their effectiveness. The study will examine two increasingly common forms of medical education: independent online learning vs. MOC/PI structured training. It will also examine the effectiveness of SEEK in preventing maltreatment in both pediatric and family medicine practices.

There are multiple potential benefits to the kids and families you serve and to participating practices: free PCP training, all the SEEK materials, CME and MOC 2 and 4 credits, access to a social worker, an annual stipend, increased reimbursement, and qualifying as a “patient-centered medical home.”

SEEK is recruiting pediatric and family medicine primary care practices across the U.S. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS, FAAP at

Please visit for more info about the SEEK model.

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