About Community for Children
Community for Children, Inc. has its origins in a social justice advocacy and leadership elective, Community for Children, that was designed to educate physicians-in-training through community engagement with impoverished populations along the Texas/Mexico border. Begun in 2007, Community for Children trained future physicians from 52 U.S. and international medical schools to collaborate with community-based organizations in identifying and addressing urgent needs within their communities. The elective, developed under the auspices of the UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, was transferred in 2017 to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, as it transitioned to become a separate medical school. Over the years, many gaps in services and systemic barriers to social justice were identified by the communities and physicians-in-training and sustainable interventions implemented. The elective is no longer being offered due to the on-going humanitarian crisis at the border and the urgent needs of immigrant and refugee children and families. We believe Community for Children, Inc., is a natural evolution from the bedrock of community collaborations built over a decade of authentic community engagement on the border.
The pediatricians who created Community for Children established the Community for Children, Inc., 501(c)(3) in 2015 to address the gaps, barriers, and urgent needs of marginalized populations, including immigrant families.
Board and Advisers, Community for Children, Inc.
Board of Directors
Marsha Griffin, MD, FAAP, President
Minnette Son, MD, FAAP, Vice President
Stan Fisch, MD, FAAP, Treasurer
Judith Livingston, PhD, MCHES, Secretary
Mike Seifert, ACLU
Catherine Monserrat, PhD
Robert Hamilton, MD, Hospital Infantil de Tamaulipas
Deliana Garcia, Migrant Clinician Network
Jennifer Harbury, JD, Human Rights Attorney