American Academy of Pediatrics Recognizes Pitt Faculty Member

Diego Chaves-Gnecco, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director and founder of the program SALUD Para Niños at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC received the F. Edwards Rushton CATCH Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition. Named in honor of F. Edwards Rushton, Sr., this award honors pediatricians who collaborate within their communities to increase children’s access to healthcare and other needed services. Chaves-Gnecco is the first Latino pediatrician to receive this recognition, as well as the first to be awarded for a resident CATCH grant.

In 2002, Chaves-Gnecco created the first bilingual pediatric clinic at Children’s Hospital. With funding from his 2004 resident CATCH grant, Chaves-Gnecco expanded the program to provide an option for uninsured Hispanic children, and then officially named the program SALUD (Students, residents, faculty And Latinos United against health Disparities) Para Niños. Since then, the number of children enrolled has increased from 45 to over 1,000 children served, with more than 1,650 health visits a year.