ROARing Times Newsletter July 2021

admroarnycAugust 09, 2021

ROR 2021 Keynote and Award Ceremony Recap

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Keynote and Award Ceremony in June. You can watch the entire event here and on our website.

We were thrilled to welcome Dr. David Willis as the keynote speaker, speaking to us about his deep understanding of Early Relational Health (ERH). Advancing ERH is not about a new field or a new program, but rather about the adoption of a new mindset and skills in pediatrics that focus on the centrality of the foundational relationships of ERH to promote health, development, and social wellbeing for all children.

It was such a privilege to be able to recognize outstanding healthcare workers, practices, and a children’s book author, especially in this unpredictable, difficult year. Congratulations again to all our award winners!

COVID-19 Response AwardDr. Anna Cornish
Scholastic Advocate for Diverse Books AwardMAP Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic
Whole Family Advocate AwardFrancine Cutler and Molly Phillips
Jack Pace Living, Breathing ROR AwardDr. Wendy Chan and Dr. Gina Reinoso
Trusted Messenger AwardDr. Katherine Balaoura and Dr. Taisha Benjamin
Mills Tannenbaum Award for Childhood LiteracySusie Jaramillo

We would also like to recognize all the outstanding nominees that made these decisions so difficult.

Soraya ParesPeconic Pediatrics
Barbara Zion-Green M.S.Marion Walters
Claudia AristyDr. Nina Huberman
Christal WaltonAndrew Swiderski, M.D.
Pamela PiyavunnoGrace Baez
Jennifer Yu, M.D.Jennifer Shaer M.D.
Wakefield Ambulatory Care Center Pediatrics ClinicPediatric Primary Care Practice at Montefiore Family Care Center (FCC)

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A Coptic-Egyptian immigrant, Nardeen is deeply passionate about utilizing service and advocacy to address a multidisciplinary approach to health in undervalued communities. At Princeton University, she focused on serving patients in the local hospital, tutoring incarcerated youth, and mentoring first generation/ low income students. She graduated in Spring 2021, and is now looking forward to highlighting early literacy as a tool for combating systemic injustice in the Greater New York area. Connect with Nardeen at