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Dr. Arturo Brito visits Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey to discuss Autism Awareness Month

04/15/2013
Arturo Brito, MD, MPH
Arturo Brito, M.D., MPH, the Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services at The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), speaking about The Autism Disorder at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

NEWARK, N.J. – This week, during a visit to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Arturo Brito, M.D., MPH, the Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services at The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), delivered a Grand Rounds presentation on Autism for physicians, nurses and other health professionals. The month of April marks the annual Autism Awareness Month observance nationwide.

Although the prevalence of autism in America is one in every 88 children, New Jersey consistently reports the highest rates of Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout the country. The rate in the Garden State is one in every 49 children. In 2008, statewide statistics were one out of every 94 children.

“Early intervention is a very critical and pivotal point for parents in order to help their child reach his or her potential,” said Dr. Brito, whose presentation was titled, “Current trends in Autism Spectrum Disorder. “Parents must educate themselves and focus on their children’s weakness along with following up with doctors.”

According to Dr. Brito, he is currently working with administrators from Federally Qualified Health Centers to advocate for a $50 million increase in funding to medically treat underserved and uninsured children.

“We thank Dr. Brito for joining us and taking the lead on educating people about autism as well as the increasing need for funding to help families,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “We thank Governor Christie and Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd for their ongoing support of The Beth and our health and wellness mission.”

Autism Awareness Month 2013
From Left to Right: Arturo Brito, M.D., MPH, the Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services at The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS); Nancy Scotto-Rosato, Ph.D., Research Scientist, N.J. Department of Health; Sandra Howell, Ph.D., Research Scientist, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS); and Susan Evans, Ed.D., Autism Project Specialist, Early Intervention System; Joshua Rosenblatt, MD, Chairman, Pediatrics and Director, Academic Affairs, NBIMC/CHoNJ; Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer for NBIMC and CHoNJ.

Autism affects almost every aspect of social and psychological development for children and adolescents. While children who have autism share some common signs and symptoms, this disease affects each individual differently and the intensity varies from mild to severe.

Dr. Brito has served as a Deputy Commissioner since 2011 where there are approximately 900 employees. He plays a key leadership role regarding policy implementation and budgeting in four divisions: Family Health Services; Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health; HIV, STDs and TB Services; and Public Health Infrastructure and Emergency Response. He manages a $600 million budget.

About Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ):
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April 15, 2013

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