The Pediatric Council on Research and Education (PCORE), established in
1999, is the quality improvement arm of the American Academy of Pediatrics/New
Jersey Chapter (AAP/NJ) that is dedicated to improving the health and
well-being of children in the state of New Jersey.
PCORE uses office-based interventions to help primary care providers and
staff better understand and address major public health concerns,
including lead screening, immunizations, postpartum depression, child
abuse and neglect, psychosocial development, obesity, and asthma.
Through proactive office systems change and collaboration with families
and public and private partners, PCORE has demonstrated positive results
in each of these areas.
PCORE’s impact has fostered expansion beyond a small number of
participating practices to a broad, statewide quality of care
initiative. Ultimately, PCORE seeks to develop primary care medical
homes that offer “accessible, family-centered, continuous, coordinated,
comprehensive, compassionate and culturally competent care,” as
described by the American Academy of Pediatrics.