Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been awarded the best poster presentation at the 2017 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare and Health Literacy Annual Research Conference in Baltimore this month.
His poster presentation, titled "Obtaining Mothers' Views on a Pediatric Maternal Depression Care Intervention," included UC Davis co-authors Debora Paterniti, Jill Joseph, Greg Simon, Emily Hanes and Richard Kravitz.
In this research, he conducted focus group and individual interviews with 35 English and monolingual-Spanish speaking mothers, who had sought maternal depression care. The mothers reviewed and helped to rewrite an intervention to help pediatricians talk with mothers about depression, using language that was more relatable to mothers. The mothers also emphasized the importance of having pediatricians communicate that mothers are valued and important.
"We are very happy to see Erik's important research receive this recognition," said Kevin Coulter, interim chair of the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics. “His work in the field of identifying maternal depression has been critical in understanding how pediatricians can better identify this problem and provide intervention in a culturally sensitive manner. This award is much deserved for Erik’s hard work and advocacy on the behalf of mothers struggling with depression."