Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (2020)
  • Residency: Stanford Health Care at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (2020) CA
  • Medical Education: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (2017) OH

All Publications

  • Increasing Health Care Workers' Proficiency With Using Professional Medical Interpretation: A Workshop. MedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources Jones, J., Rice, K., Cueto, V., Mojica, C. D., Stawitcke, M., Salem, S., Talley, E., Blankenburg, R. 2020; 16: 11017


    Introduction: Families with limited English proficiency are at risk for poor outcomes and medical errors due to barriers in communication. The use of professional medical interpretation has been linked to improved access to care, improved patient satisfaction, and better outcomes. However, medical interpretation remains underutilized, and the literature lacks guidelines for training health care workers in its use. This workshop aims to teach the skills needed to access and appropriately use professional medical interpretation.Methods: Our team included two residents, two fellows, two faculty members, and two fellowship coordinators. This 90-minute workshop targeted at health care workers included a warm-up activity, role-play with three different types of interpretation, and large-group discussion. Anonymous evaluations were collected at the end of the workshop.Results: The workshop was presented at six academic conferences (three local, one regional, and two national). Postworkshop evaluations were collected from 53 participants from multiple health care backgrounds (including medical students, residents, and physicians). The majority of participants reported that the workshop met learning objectives (98%), represented a valuable use of time (98%), and included useful handouts (92%). In addition, 90% of participants reported that the information shared in the workshop would be applied to their medical practice. Themes that emerged from postworkshop evaluations included participants' intentions to change their practice, to augment training for other providers, and to pursue institutional change.Discussion: This workshop fills an important gap in medical education and provides a comprehensive orientation to interpretation resources and best practices.

    View details for DOI 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.11017

    View details for PubMedID 33204841

  • Investigating Parent Needs, Participation, and Psychological Distress in the Children's Hospital. Hospital pediatrics Jones, J., Nowacki, A. S., Greene, A., Traul, C., Goldfarb, J. 2017; 7 (7): 385-394


    Greater parent participation in a child's hospital care is associated with better child outcomes in the hospital and after discharge. This study examined the relationships between perceived need fulfillment for parents, parent participation in hospital care, and parent psychological distress. We hypothesized that greater perceived need fulfillment would be associated with greater participation in hospital care and decreased psychological distress.In this prospective cohort study, 166 parents completed questionnaires on a pediatric (nonintensive care) floor. Eligible parents were fluent in English and had a child who was hospitalized ≥2 nights. Previously validated questionnaires were used to assess parent participation in hospital care and psychological distress (defined here as symptoms of anxiety/depression). A modified version of the Bereaved Parent Needs Assessment was used to assess perceived need fulfillment. The association between perceived need fulfillment and each outcome variable was examined using multiple linear regression analyses.Of 186 eligible parents, 166 were enrolled (1 declined, 19 missed/not present). In multivariable analyses, greater perceived need fulfillment was associated with greater participation in hospital care and fewer symptoms of depression, even after controlling for relevant covariates. Exploratory analyses identified needs that were differentially important within groups of parents at risk for distress.This study suggests that assessing and supporting parent needs during a child's hospitalization may improve parent and child outcomes by increasing parents' ability to participate in hospital care and decreasing psychological distress. Future research is needed to investigate the impact of interventions targeting specific parent needs.

    View details for DOI 10.1542/hpeds.2016-0175

    View details for PubMedID 28572146