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Neal deJong
Christina Cruz

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2019 UNC Children’s Development Early Career Investigator Grants, part of the CRI’s Research Grant Initiative. These awards are funded by the UNC Children’s Medical Foundation through fundraising and philanthropic donations. This grant supports the development of pediatric researchers to advance child health. In alignment with this mission, this mechanism supports early career investigators who perform pediatric-related research in basic, translational, or clinical research, domestically or abroad.

This year’s recipients are Christina Cruz, MD, EdM and Neal deJong, MD, MPH. Dr. Cruz’s proposal, “Minimum Human Resources Needed to Implement Task-shifted Children’s Mental Health Care by Teachers,” will be investigating ways to improve mental health in school-aged children in resource limited regions. Dr. deJong’s proposal, “Protocolized action planning and care transition support for rural children with medical complexity,” will be working on improving the care of children with medical complexities in rural areas.

Thank you to the Medical Foundation and generous donors for investing in tomorrow’s leaders in children’s health!