|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.”
|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):
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center and part of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, is the state's
premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat
ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the
most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well
as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral
to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.
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April 15, 2013