Invited Commentary on “Observations from the Balcony: Directions for Pediatric Health Disparities Research and Policy".

Author Biography

Yolande Pengetnze, MD, is an Academic General Pediatrics Fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research focuses on examining cost-effective ways to optimize access to and utilization of healthcare services while improving health outcomes for children with special healthcare needs.

Dr. Flores is Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Sciences, and Public Health; Director of the Division of General Pediatrics; the Judith and Charles Ginsburg Endowed Chair in Pediatrics; and the Director of the Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship at UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. He is a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force, and of the Council of the American Pediatric Society and past Chair of the Research Committee of the Academic Pediatric Association. He is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and the National Advisory Committees of the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Amos Medical Faculty Development Program and RWJ Aligning Forces for Quality Program. He has provided a Congressional Research Briefing, testified in the US Senate, provided invited written testimony for the US House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, and recently presented a briefing to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families. He was an invited speaker at the National Summit on America’s Children convened by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. He has served as a consultant and national advisory committee member for the US Surgeon General, Institute of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), American Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, First Focus, and the Sesame Street Workshop. He received the 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics Outstanding Achievement Award in the Application of Epidemiologic Information to Child Health Advocacy, the 2008 Millie and Richard Brock Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pediatrics, the 2010 Helen Rodríguez-Trías Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association, and the 2012 Academic Pediatric Association’s Research Award. He has been awarded major grant funding by NICHD, AHRQ, CMS, RWJ Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund. He has published 168 articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including many papers that address underserved children and racial/ethnic and linguistic disparities in children’s health and healthcare.


Yolande M. Pengetnze, MD, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX, 75390; e-mail: Yolande.Pengetnze@UTSouthwestern.edu; telephone: (214) 648-5143; fax: (214) 648-3220.

Supported in part by Award Number R01HD066219 (to GF) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). The content is solely the responsibility of the author, and does not necessarily represent the official views of NICHD or the National Institutes of Health.