New Jersey Chapter
American Academy of Pediatrics
3836 Quakerbridge Road
Suite 108
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Phone: 609-842-0014
Fax: 609-842-0015

Elliot Rubin, MD, FAAP
Chapter President

Fran Gallagher, MEd
Executive Director

Harriet Lazarus, MBA
Deputy Director

Bert Mulder
Director, Membership & Events


The Pediatric Council on Research and Education (PCORE) 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 's mission is accomplished by working to improve health policies and practices, and to educate parents and primary care providers on preventative health topics within the context of a Medical Home framework. PCORE and its successful partnerships with local and state agencies help promote wellness and prevent illness, abuse, and neglect among children in New Jersey.

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.

NJ PCORE Vision & Mission


Shaping child health for the 21st century in New Jersey

The mission of PCORE, the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatrics / NJ Chapter is to:
  • Catalyze linkages between healthcare providers, families, public partners and communities
  • Improve systems of care in healthcare practices and communities
  • Educate both pediatricians and families
  • Promote comprehensive pediatric healthcare through public and private partnerships
  • Translate research into models of care and translate outcomes into improvements to those models of care.
  • Orchestrate improvement in health and social policies that affect healthcare practices, families, and communities
  • Provide pediatric expertise for systems of quality care for all children

AAP/NJ and PCORE News 

Request Breakfast in the Classroom for NJ Students
Each of us can take quick action to greatly improve the health and future for millions of children and teens throughout New Jersey! Children and teens in New Jersey who come to school hungry and/or poorly nourished suffer higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Poor nutrition can also have a negative impact on academic performance, which can greatly limit their future. 
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HealthyChildren.org Launches Kids Doc Symptom Checker
HealthyChildren.org has a new interactive tool to help parents evaluate their child's symptoms. Based on Pediatric Telephone Protocols, by Barton D. Schmitt, M.D., FAAP, the "KidsDoc Symptom Checker" allows parents to choose from a wide range of symptoms, and then follow the symptom decision chart to determine the appropriate action to take, whether it be home care or a call to the pediatrician. The tool is also available as an iPhone application called KidsDoc, providing the same expert advice when parents are on the go

State and National Healthcare News

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