Marian F. Earls, MD, FAAP
Marian F. Earls, MD, FAAP, Medical Director Guilford Child Health, Inc, comes on the show to discuss how common is postpartum depression? What are some of the signs, or red flags to look for? Are some women at higher risk? What impact does postpartum depression have on children? Why does it affect children's health, too? Why is AAP recommending pediatricians screen new moms for PPD?
Marian Earls is the Medical Director of Guilford Child Health, Inc., a large, non-profit, private Pediatric practice in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is also a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician. Guilford Child Health, Inc. is a public-private partnership between two community health systems and the department of public health, and serves families at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics for the University of North Carolina Medical School. Dr. Earls has a developmental consult clinic within GCH, Inc. and also is Medical Director of the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic (multidisciplinary) for the Level III NICU at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro. Dr. Earls is Immediate Past President of the North Carolina Pediatric Society (President 2008-2010). She is chair of the Mental Health/School Health Committee for NCPS. She is a member of the Committee on the Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health of the AAP, and is a liaison from the AAP to AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry). She has been elected to the Executive Committee of the AAP’s Section on Early Education and Child Care. She has been a member of the board of the Family Support Network of Greater Greensboro for families who have children with special needs, and is now on the state advisory board for Family Support Network. The Association for Retarded Citizens of Greensboro awarded her the professional of the Year Award for 2000, and she became a member of that board in 2004. She was Co-chair of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment in 2005. Dr. Earls has been one of the Clinical Directors for Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) since its inception by NC Medicaid in 1998. Guilford Child Health was the pilot site for the ABCD (Assuring Better Child Health and Development) Project (funded by the Commonwealth Fund) and Dr. Earls is the clinical director of that project, which is now state-wide. The purpose of ABCD has been to integrate developmental services (screening, surveillance, parent education) into pediatric practice. North Carolina State Medicaid Policy has now changed to be consistent with the process of developmental and behavioral screening implemented in this program and is requiring the use of validated, formal screens at EPSDT visits. The Commonwealth Fund had an ABCD II project in several new states, and Dr. Earls did training and consulting for this initiative focused on early childhood mental health. She provided technical assistance to five states for implementation of developmental and behavioral screening and surveillance through her Setting the Stage for Success grant from the Commonwealth Fund in 2006-2007. She was faculty on the Healthy Development Learning Collaborative for pediatric practices in NC and Vermont in 2004. Since 2007 she has been the faculty chair for EDSI (Early Developmental Screening and Intervention) learning collaborative through UCLA. Dr. Earls received her A.B. in Biology in 1976 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, her Master of Theological Studies (MTS) in 1978 from Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, and her M.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1984. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Moses Cone Hospital (UNC AHEC) in Greensboro in 1987, and her Fellowship in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics in 1988.
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