Judy Schaechter is a professor of pediatrics and public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she serves as chair of the Department of Pediatrics, leading faculty and staff to advance child health through education, research, clinical care, and commitment to community. Schaechter is also service chief for child health at Holtz Children’s Hospital and Jackson Health System, providing children with physical, mental health, and supportive social care. She cares for hospitalized and ambulatory patients, with a focus on adolescents and young adults living with complex medical and mental health conditions. She collaborates with child service providers across disciplines in translating scientific findings to policy and programming.
Schaechter led the creation of HealthConnect in Our Schools, a public-private partnership supporting multidisciplinary health teams in 170 schools, as well as HealthConnect in the Early Years, a countywide home visitation program for new and at-risk families. She serves on the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, helping to shape local Head Start, childcare, and after-school programs. As a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida Board, she is also working to expand housing options for families with children facing long-term hospitalization. Schaechter leads tri-lingual teams to bring care and prevention education to children where they are with mobile units and in partnership with community service agencies.
After receiving her BA in religious studies and ethics from Brown University, Schaechter explored the intersection of health beliefs and behaviors during an Arnold Fellowship. She completed her MD and pediatric residency training at Stanford Medical School. Schaechter obtained an MBA from the University of Miami. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee for the Council of Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. The organization recognized her for Outstanding Service in Advocacy in 2018.
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