(From the December 2013 issue of Research Now)
Kelly Kelleher, MD, director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, has been named the 2014 Champion of Children by United Way of Central Ohio. Kelleher joins a group of dynamic local leaders who have been recognized as Champions of Children and have worked to create a better tomorrow for all of the children in central Ohio.
“Over his distinguished career Kelly has been a great leader in childhood initiatives. He is a true champion for the cause of children's health” said Elfi Di Bella, President and CEO of YWCA Columbus, and Chair of the Champion of Children Selection Committee. “Kelly has paved the way for new standards and health initiatives for children, particularly high-risk children, and he understands that this not only improves individual lives, but strengthens our entire community."
In addition to directing the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Dr. Kelleher is vice president of Community Health and Health Services Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also professor of pediatrics and public health in the colleges of Medicine and Public Health at The Ohio State University. He is a pediatrician and health services researcher focused on improving and measuring the quality of pediatric care for high risk children affected by social determinants of health, violence, neglect, alcohol, drug use or mental disorders. He is also principal investigator on the Healthcare Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is helping improve the health of more than 300,000 children in Central and Southeastern Ohio.
Dr. Kelleher will be honored at the 21st Annual Champion of Children Signature Event to be held at 6:00 p.m. on February 11, 2014 at The Southern Theatre. The event, which will be taped for later broadcast on WOSU, will include an award ceremony and a one-on-one conversation between former WOSU “Open Line” host Fred Andrle and Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.